September 30, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

After an enriching conversation last Sunday, Sep. 25 surrounding the permanent and transitional messages of the Qur'an, we keep our momentum going as we look forward to a discussion surrounding Hijrah with Hassan Zeenni this Sunday, Oct. 2. 

Also, thank you for your generosity at our "Pack the Truck" donation drive last weekend. With your help, we were able to provide a truck full of clothing to our Los Angeles Muslim community. Stay tuned for another opportunity to bring your donations to the Center.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

In peace,
Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
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Ahmed Gabalawy
Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Sep. 23)

Hassan Zeenni - "Tawhid of our Lives"

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Fixed vs. Flexible

Since the Islamic Center's founding, it has honored the intellectual works and ideas of many distinguished leaders, including Dr. Maher Hathout, Dr. Hassan Hathout, Dr. Aslam Abdullah and Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl. And on Sep. 25, the Islamic Center proudly presented a special program based on the teachings and recently published book by renowned scholar Dr. Fathi Osman, "The Permanent and Transitional in Islamic Sources."
"The Qur'an is divine, but the human beings who are hearing it are human beings. If it doesn't connect to their time and place, it's not going to move forward."(Dr. Ghada Osman - Pharos Foundation)
The event was co-sponsored by the Islamic Center, Pharos Foundation, along with Bayan Claremont and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

After years of sorting and compiling lectures by her father, Dr. Ghada Osman (Editor), unveiled the book as Edina Lekovic facilitated discussion among a panel of community thought leaders and students of Dr. Fathi Osman's work, including Salam Al-Marayati, Dr. Gasser Hathout and Jihad Turk.

In his book, Dr. Fathi contextualizes the importance of discerning between permanent universal principles in Islam and transitional local reforms. He emphasizes this by shining a light on topics outlined in Sharia law - jihad (struggle against evil) and hudud (fixed punishments for certain crimes).

The room was full to capacity as Dr. Gasser Hathout took his turn in addressing the crowd. His discussion highlighted how classical jurists viewed the notion of jihad.

Dr. Ghada Osman, (Ph.D in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, MA from Islamic studies from UCLA and Professor Emerita from San Diego State University) states in the book's overview, "The Qur'an is divine, but the human beings who are hearing it are human beings. If it doesn't connect to their time and place, it's not going to move forward. Part of our job is understanding what connects to the time and place of the revelation in Mecca and Medina in the 7th century, and what connects to eternity and general principles of humankind."

Jihad Turk, President of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, highlighted the importance of approaching the Qur'an with a two-step process that will bring benefit, stating "the first step is working on our own intentions and purifying our hearts and trying to improve our own sincerity and humility before Allah. And the second one requires us to use our intellect, to use our minds, to appreciate the challenge that God has given us."

The Islamic Center was honored to have Dr. Fathi Osman as a resident scholar for several years until he passed away in 2010. He was a world renowned scholar on Islam, Muslim intellectual developments and contemporary Muslim societies.

You can purchase your copy of his book in the Islamic Center bookstore or on Amazon.

To watch the recording of Sunday's event, check out the video on our YouTube station!

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This Weekend
(9/30 - 10/2)

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

6:00 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (10/2)
10:00 a.m. 
- Highlights of the Qur'an
Asim Buyuksoy
"Positive Thinking in the Qur'an"
11:00 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Hassan Zeenni
"The Relevance of Hijrah in our Lives"

Next Week
(10/3 - 10/9)

MONDAY (10/3)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (10/7)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Ahmed Soboh
6:30 p.m. -Kids Qur'an Academy
Asim Buyuksoy

6:00 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (10/9)
10:00 a.m.  
- Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmoud Waseeq
"Intercession in the Qur'an"
11:00 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Asim Buyuksoy
"The Significance of Ashura"

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Raising Muslim Kids in America
The Parents Circle launches its second year this Sunday, Oct. 2 at a new time, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - with light breakfast and coffee! If you're raising kids and dealing with modern parenting challenges, then this is your group.

Each week, parents Edina Lekovic and Tarek Shawky lead an interactive dialogue about common concerns like screen time, promoting Islamic values at home, talking about Islamophobia, discipline and creating quality time with our families.

The conversation is always respectful and judgment free. Don't just drop off your kids at the Center on Sunday - please come build community and participate in an honest conversation with other Muslim parents, all working towards real solutions and common parenting goals. Everyone is welcome to be part of our village.

Questions? Please email Edina for more information!

In case you missed it...savethedate
With your generosity, our community has made a difference. Today, one of you has helped a brother in L.A. obtain a suit for a job interview. Someone else has donated baby clothes for our baby brothers and sisters across the city. And another brother donated beds so that five people can sleep a little more comfortably tonight. 

Last Saturday, we packed a truck full of gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. Once the donations were sorted, we delivered them to three other mosques in our Southern California community with a large need for these items. Thank you to everyone who brought donations and helped us sort and deliver!
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