May 19, 2017

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC, 

Ramadan begins next weekend and ticket sales for our Pre-Ramadan Fundraising Dinner end tonight, May 19, at 6 p.m.!
now before registration closes. No tickets will be sold at the door. This year, the dinner will take place on Saturday, May 20, at the Hilton Pasadena from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. We are excited to welcome Umar Hakim as our Featured Speaker, Mohamed Bzeek as our Honored Guest, and Aron Kader as our comedy entertainment of the evening. We look forward to seeing you all there!

On Sunday, the Center will be open for youth programs, but our regular Sunday Program (Highlights of the Quran, Parents Circle, & Sunday Lecture) is now on a break until the end of Ramadan. This weekend, the New Horizon School will have a Pre-Ramadan Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the back parking lot. There will be vendor booths with jewelry and clothing for sale, food, henna, games and jumpers for the children. Bring the kids - this will be a fun event for the whole family!

Also, please note that our Sunday School students will be taking their end-of-year tests this weekend. Please make every effort possible to have your children present and on-time for testing. The last day of Sunday School for the 2016 - 2017 school year will be Sunday, June 4. 

Finally, on Sunday night from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., the Interfaith Study Group will be holding a special session here at the Islamic Center called, "Guideposts for my Soul," with Rabbi Noam Raucher. Rabbi Raucher is the Senior Rabbi at Pasadena Temple and Center - he will be discussing how to shape a spiritual life in the 21st Century.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

In peace,
Islamic Center of Southern California

P.S. STAY INFORMED.  Please forward this newsletter to your friends so they can join our mailing list.

In this Issue

Pre-Ramadan Fundraising Dinnerpre-ram

Umar Hakim
Featured Speaker

"I see society spiritually growing and becoming more aligned to ethical leadership and human rights. We are all social innovators seeking to improve ourselves, using religious, academic, and business strategies. Shifting elements for designed actions of compassion and community organizing - which all drives the imagination." 

Mohamed Bzeek
Honored Guest

"The key is, you have to love them like your own. I know they are sick. I know they are going to die. I do my best as a human being and leave the rest to God." 

This year's ICSC Pre-Ramadan Fundraising Dinner will be held on May 20 at 6pm at the Pasadena Hilton.  

Purchase your tickets before sales end tonight, May 19 at 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone or at the front desk during normal business hours. Child care will be available. Tickets will NOT be available at the door. The Islamic Center is happy to provide complimentary self-parking to all guests.

Students (Early Registration) - $75
Students (Late Registration) - $100
Adults (Early Registration) - $100
Adults (Late Registration) - $125
Child Care - $25 (Includes Halal Meal)

Friday Khutbaskhutba
MAY 19
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl
Photo of Hassan Zeenni
MAY 26
Hassan Zeenni
Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (May 12)

Dr. Gasser Hathout - "Mental and Spiritual Health in Islam"

This Weekend

FRIDAY (5/19)
1 p.m. - Jumma'a Khutba & Prayer
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

10:30 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
6:00 p.m. - Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser
@Hilton Pasadena (Directions)
Featured Speaker: Umar Hakim
Honored Guest: Mohamed Bzeek
Comedian: Aron Kader

SUNDAY (5/21)
10 a.m. - Sunday School
*End-of-year testing*
Clothing/jewelry booths, food, games, jumpers, face painting, henna and more! Ends at 4 p.m. 
11 a.m. - Muslim Youth Group (MYG)
Heather Laird
Topic: "Communicating with the Opposite Gender"
5 p.m. - Interfaith Study Group
Rabbi Noam Raucher
Topic: "Guideposts for my Soul"

Next Week

FRIDAY (5/26)
1 p.m. - Jumma'a Khutba & Prayer
Hassan Zeenni
9:00 p.m. - Recitation & Commentary
10:00 p.m. - Isha & Taraweeh

10:30 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
9:00 p.m. - Recitation & Commentary
Commentary: Dr. Maryam Qudrat
10:00 p.m. - Isha & Taraweeh

SUNDAY (5/28)

11 a.m. - Muslim Youth Group (MYG)
Nia Malika Dixon
Topic: 2017 Board Elections
9:00 p.m. - Recitation & Commentary
Commentary: Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Baset
10:00 p.m. - Isha & Taraweeh

A New Online Homeweb
Since early 2016, the Communications Committee has been working diligently to create a new online home for the ICSC. Today we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website - !

Now when you visit us online, you will have instant access to all Islamic Center information and updates at your fingertips. In addition to details regarding our classes and programs, you may also listen to recent khutbas, look up prayer times, read archived newsletters, check the calendar for our upcoming programs and events, and more! 
Exciting New/Refreshed Features:
1  Sermon (Khutba) Audio Archives - here
2  Live Streaming Service - here
3  Newsletter Archives - here
4  Digital sign-up forms
5  Interactive & Printable Prayer Schedule - here
6  NEW Fresh, informative blog posts - here
7  NEW History of ICSC Page - here
8  NEW Photo Gallery - here
9  NEW Calendar - here
10  NEW Look and Mobile Responsive Design
11  NEW "This Week" page that will include upcoming event information, program/class updates, special announcements, and more - here

Do you want to check out the website from your phone? No problem! Our new site is 100% mobile responsive - meaning that no matter what device you use, you will always be able to access
Today, staying informed and connected is important now more than ever. Our new website is one more way that the Islamic Center is working to build stronger connections in our community. We hope you will agree that our new site captures the diversity and inclusiveness of the Center. Don't forget to bookmark

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.

"Those who spend in charity will be richly rewarded.
(Qur'an 57:10)


Kristen Stangas, Communication Coordinator

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