September 16, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Insha'Allah you all had a blessed Eid with your loved ones. Continue your celebrations this Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Eid Carnival (hosted by New Horizon Los Angeles). There will be games for kids and fun for the whole family. Come check it out!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

In peace,
Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Salam Al-Marayati
Hassan Zeenni

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Sept. 9)

Dr. Gasser Hathout - "Reflections on Eid"

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Pilgrims and Pioneers
As millions of Muslims from across the world made their pilgrimage to Mecca for Hajj, thousands of worshippers from the Islamic Center gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center for Eid al-Adha prayer on Sept. 12. This Eid is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice and submit to the will of Allah.

In the Eid khutba, Hassan Zeenni introduced Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) as a pioneer. All Abrahamic faiths, including Jews, Christians, and Muslims, trace their roots back to Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH), and although there are distinct differences between these faiths, all belong to the same family, the family of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).

Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) felt the submission to Allah in his heart and lived consciously. As Zeenni so eloquently shared, "Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) refused to be an imitator - to blindly follow what was passed on to him, even from his own parents. Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) was an independent thinker."

Independent thinkers don't rely on others to explain the world around them, said Zeenni, who adds that independent thinkers are pioneers. They observe and turn to critical thinking to make educated decisions in line with his/her authentic Truth (fitra), or the predisposition of humankind to want to be close to Allah.

"The Qur'an wants all of us to be pioneers in our own ways," Zeenni said, "With the strength of God in you. With the wings of being independent thinkers and hard work, you can soar to new heights. No matter what field you are in. It is your world, put your fingerprints on it and be pioneers in that regard. Anyone who chooses to do so, you will be the best leaders for our nation."

Although Zeenni was indirectly addressing the youth in his khutba, his valuable message of independent thinking was applicable to all attendees. Every person has the capacity to be an independent thinker - to discover God and to sacrifice in submission to Him. It comes down to making a decision based in Truth.  

Please consider making a contribution to the Islamic Center and supporting our "pioneers." Your donation will help support programs such as our Junior Youth Group (JYG) and Muslim Youth Group (MYG) - two programs that encourage independent thinking and shape the future leaders of the Islamic Center.

Listen to the Eid al-Adha Khutba
View Photos from Eid al-Adha
Sisters passed out small cookies filled with dates to those in attendance following the Eid al-Adha prayer service at the Pasadena Convention Center.
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This Weekend
(9/16 - 9/18)

FRIDAY (9/16)
1:00 p.m. Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Salam Al-Marayati
6:30 p.m. - Kids Qur'an Academy
Asim Buyuksoy

5:45 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
5:45 p.m. - Sunset Hike
Abdallah Senussi
Westridge Canyon Back Wilderness Trail

SUNDAY (9/18)
10:00 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
"The Nature of Fighting in Islam" (Pt.1)
11:00 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic and Tarek Shawky
11:00 a.m. - Eid Carnival
New Horizon PTO
ICSC Parking Lot
12:00 p.m. - Speaker

Next Week
(9/19 - 9/25)

MONDAY (9/19)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation & Memorization Class
Asim Buyuksoy

6:30 p.m. - Message of the Qur'an Class
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (9/23)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Hassan Zeenni
6:30 p.m. - Kids Qur'an Academy
Asim Buyuksoy

5:45 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Pack the Truck
Donate your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories.

SUNDAY (9/25)
10:00 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
"The Nature of Fighting in Islam" (Pt.2)
11:00 a.m. - The Permanent and 
Salam Al-Marayati, Dr. Gasser Hathout, Dr. Ghada Osman, Jihad Turk

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If you are interested in sharing your time and talents with ICSC, please send us an email with your name and phone number and let us know how you want to get involved. Contact Kristen Stangas.
Volunteer Opportunities


  • Food Pantry volunteers needed every Saturday at 9:45 a.m. 
  • Help sorting clothing at Pack the Truck on September 24
  • Experienced photographers  and videographers to help take photos at our events 
Employment Opportunity

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"It is He who made for you the night to rest therein and the day, giving sight. Indeed in that are signs for a people who listen."

(Qur'an 10:67)

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