November 25, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

We hope you are having a blessed and uplifting Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones! This is a special time of year to celebrate and express gratitude for all God has blessed us with.
"I am so grateful for my spiritual community here at the Islamic Center," says Hassan Zeenni, Chair of the ICSC Religious Services Committee. "From deep reflections together during Ramadan Spiritual Nights to smiling faces welcoming our Open Mosque Day visitors, to the ways our youth have grown and become leaders in the mosque, to building fruitful partnerships with our civic and interfaith partners in events like last weekend's #IAmAmerica Vigil that have spread across our city and country. I am so grateful for the dedication and support from each and every one of you."
Give thanks at jumma'a today, when Br. Hassan will give the khutba (sermon). Also note, Sunday School/Sunday Program will be closed this weekend in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, we hope you'll consider joining the L.A. Council of Religious Leaders this Sunday at 4:30pm for a special multi-faith service of prayer, meditation, reflection and solidarity in these uncertain times (See "Upcoming Events" section below for details.)
In peace,
Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

  • Friday Khutba: Listen to our last khutba, "How is Your Memory?" by Tariq Aquil
  • New Staff: Meet our new Youth Coordinator, Nia Malika Dixon
  • Coming Up: No Sunday Program this weekend. Town Hall Meeting on Dec. 4
  • Community Updates: Share your ICSC memories for our Photo Album
  • Donate: Contribute to our ongoing programs and security efforts
Friday Khutbaskhutba
NOV 25
Hassan Zeenni
Dr. Gasser Hathout

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Nov. 18)

Tariq Aquil - "How is Your Memory?"

We are excited to announce we have hired a new Youth Coordinator, Nia Malika Dixon.
Nia has worked with children for more than 20 years , and is also an extremely talented filmmaker and screenwriter . She previously taught at New Horizon Los Angeles School, has served as a counselor at an Islamic summer camp and developed an engaging after - school program for New Horizon students to learn about filmmaking and storytelling.
"Being with the youth is like being with family for me. They're the future here and it's an honor for me to spend time with them," Nia says .
With hard work and dedication, Nia has gained notable success both in the classroom and on-screen. Her passion for storytelling cannot be quenched. After years of writing for national magazines, completing two anthologies of poetry, writing children's stories, drafting a novel, writing short stories, short films, and completing two feature film scripts.
We are so happy for Nia to join our ICSC family and we are looking forward to seeing her apply her diverse talents to leading the the Muslim Youth Group!

This Weekend

FRIDAY (11/25)
1 p.m. Jumma'a Khutba & Prayer
Hassan Zeenni

SATURDAY (11/26)
10 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (11/27)
*No Sunday School*
*No Sunday Program*
We are closed (except for prayers) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday this Sunday. Regular programming will resume on Sunday, Dec. 4

Next Week

MONDAY (11/28)
6:30 p.m. Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

TUESDAY (11/29)
6:30 p.m. Message of the Qur'an Class
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (12/2)
1 p.m. Jumma'a Khutba & Prayer
Dr. Gasser Hathout

10 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (12/4)
10 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Asim Buyuksoy
11 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
Noon - Town Hall Meeting
ICSC Leadership

Community Updatescomm
In the News: ICSC joins 28 L.A. Multi-Faith Orgs to Hold #IAmAmerica Vigil
"Faith Communities Find a New Voice of Resistance After Election"
(featured in People's World Magazine)

FaithsGiving at Pico Union

ICSC partnered with Pico Union Project and other L.A. nonprofit organizations to hold a FaithsGiving experience for approximately 30 Christians, Jews and Muslims. Together, they handed out 100+ turkeys and 1000+ lbs of produce to local residents. The guests learned about each other's prayer traditions and had awesome conversations over dinner. A new tradition is born!

Faces lit up as neighborhood friends greeted us with free hugs, donuts and flowers following jumma'a on Nov. 18.
Prayer Timesprayers
We are open for prayers five times a day, every day. The iqama is ten minutes after the athan is called.  You can find prayer times on our website.

"Indeed, my Lord is the hearer of supplication."

(Qur'an 14:30)

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