Mar. 10, 2017

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC, 

In recent days, the Islamic Center has been hard at work developing enriching and fun new programs to offer you and your families. Whether you are interested in spiritual deepenings, interfaith gatherings, or kid-friendly programs - we are hopeful that you will find benefit in our Islamic Center classes, programs and events.

Join us tonight at 7:30 p.m., as we kick off our newest monthly event, "Family Movie Night," hosted by the ICSC Social Services committee. One Friday each month, the committee will organize a family-friendly movie screening here at the Center. This month we will watch Disney's "The Jungle Book." Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. If you're looking for more events like this, meet us in Pasadena next Friday, March 17, from 6 - 9:30 p.m. for another new, recurring family program, "Muslim Family Night." This is an Islamic Center initiaitive that will be hosted twice a month at New Horizon School Pasadena. Please help us spread word of this event!

As we move into Sunday, our youth kick things up a notch.  21st Century Muslims will meet at 10 a.m. for session 3 of their series, "Brain and Free Will." This week's segment will be facilitated by Ibrahim Mohamed and is titled, "How Judgements Occur." And the learning continues for our high school youth in MYG at noon when Edina Lekovic visits to explain "The Role of Women in Islam from a socio-political perspective." This segment is timely with the recent celebration of International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8.

We'll close out the day at noon, with a presentation by Hassan Zeenni about the dynamic roles that "Faith, Religion, and Spirituality" play in our lives. We hope to see you and your loved ones this weekend.

In peace,
Islamic Center of Southern California

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In this Issue
  • Friday Khutbas: Listen to our last khutba, "Unity," by Tarek Shawky
  • Community Corner:  "8 Weeks of Shabbat" continues this week 
  • Coming Up: We're screening The Jungle Book tonight at Family Movie Night!
  • Donate: Please donate generously to support our Center
Friday Khutbaskhutba
MAR 10
Dr. Gasser Hathout
MAR 17
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Mar. 3)

Tarek Shawky - "Unity"

This Weekend

FRIDAY (3/10)
1 p.m. - Jumma'a Khutba & Prayer
Dr. Gasser Hathout
7:30 p.m. - Family Movie Night
Disney's The Jungle Book (2016)
8 p.m. - 8 Weeks of Shabbat
Marium Mohiuddin
Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills
RSPV here

10:30 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (3/12)
10 a.m. - 21st Century Muslims
A program for ages 18-24
Ibrahim Mohamed
Topic: "Brain and Free Will Series" Session 3: "How Judgements Occur"
10 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Asim Buyuksoy
Topic: "Women in the Qur'an"
11 a.m. - Muslim Youth Group (MYG)
Edina Lekovic
Topic: "Women's role in Islam from a socio-political perspective"
11 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
Noon - Sunday Lecture
Hassan Zeenni
Topic: "Faith, Religion & Spirituality"

Next Week

TUESDAY (3/14)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation & Memorization
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (3/17)
1 p.m. - Jumma'a Khutba & Prayer
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl
7:00 p.m. - Muslim Family Night
@ New Horizon Pasadena
More information here

10:30 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (3/19)
10 a.m. - 21st Century Muslims
A program for ages 18-24
10 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
Topic: "Rahmah: The Concept of Mercy" Part 3 of a 3-week series
11 a.m. - Muslim Youth Group (MYG)
Ilyasah Shabazz
Topic: "Malcolm X and his teachings to Muslim men regarding their character, behavior, attitudes, and treatment of women"
11 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
Noon - Sunday Lecture
Hassan Zeenni
Topic: "Faith, Religion, & Spirituality"
Save the Date:

Check back for more info, but save the date for now!
  • Mar. 26 - Sanctuary for Humanity (3 - 4 p.m.) | Location: ICSC Lecture Hall
  • Apr. 2 - Interfaith March (1 - 4 p.m.) | Wilshire Blvd. Temple to Islamic Center
  • Apr. 8 - Singles Social Mixer (7 - 10 p.m.) | Location: TBA upon registration
Community Corner
By Marium Mohiuddin, "8 Weeks of Shabbat" Organizer 

Last Friday, more than a dozen Muslims gathered to attend Shabbat at IKAR as part of the Islamic Center's initiative "8 Weeks of Shabbat." In light of recent attacks against the Jewish-American community, the Islamic Center has coordinated visits to 8 local synagogues and community centers. In these visits, Muslims will attend Shabbat services in an effort to reach out and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. 

Warmly welcomed by the IKAR, the Muslims who attended Shabbat said they loved being a part of the service and engaging with their Jewish brothers and sisters. Rabbi Sharon Brous, the Founder/Senior Rabbi of IKAR, spoke about the communities coming together and how compassion is what is needed the most in the face of hate and bigotry. 

The past few weeks have been horrific as we have seen more than 70 synagogues, Jewish community centers and cemeteries around the country become the target for anti-semitic attacks in the form bomb threats and defacement. These acts are criminal, and we have to stand with our interfaith allies to show to those attackers and the world that this will not be tolerated. 

This week, the Islamic Center will continue its "8 Weeks of Shabbat" initiative at Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills with Rabbi, Sarah Bassin, the former executive director of NewGround and a great supporter of the American Muslim community. To register, please click here.

Prayer Timesprayers
We are open for prayers five times a day, every day. The iqama (announcement for prayer) is ten minutes after the Call to Prayer (athan). You can find prayer times on our website.

"My mercy embraces all things.
(Qur'an 7:156)


Kristen Stangas, Communication Coordinator

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