In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim - In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful 


Islamic Shura Council of So Cal

Nov. 20, 2012 | 6 Muharram 1434

Newsletter Issue # 209


"Indeed, the number of months with God is twelve months in the register of God [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth..."Quran 9:36



Happy New Year 1434H We thank Allah and welcome the new Islamic year of 1434 Hijri this week. Click here to view the sermon by the Chairman of the Shura Council, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi welcoming the new Islamic year.

The month of Muharram and the day of Ashura is a day of serious reflection for all Muslims. Shura Council urges the community to fast on the day of Ashura and reflect for self, family, community and the state of affairs in the Muslim Ummah.


Shura Council welcomes back Imam Taha Hassane of Islamic Center of San Diego and Sr. Edina Lekovic of MPAC for being elected to their second terms and we also welcome Imam Jihad Saafir of Masjid Ibaadillah who joins the Majlis of Shura Council for the first time. Click here to see the current Majlis.


Masjid Omar Al-Farouk announces the appointment of Imam Mustafa Umar as its Education and Outreach Director. Click here for Imam Mustafa's profile. Shura Council welcomes back Imam Mustafa Umar to Southern California and wishes him the very best in his new responsibilities.


Shura Council applauds the Associated Students of UCI for unanimously passing a resolution calling for UCI to divest from companies who benefit from occupied Palestine. Click here to learn more about UCI divestment and learn what is B D S here.


The onslaught in Gaza continues,and you can stop it. Take action today and call your representative. We encourage you to fast in solidarity this Thursday, Nov. 22nd and continue to pray for the victims. Click here for an analysis of Gaza.

Tarek Hamdi voted for the first time this month after a court ruled on his citizenship application. We thank ACLU-Southern California and urge the community to support their Bill of Rights event.


Calendar of Events   

As we approach the end of November, please support these remaining November activities and mark your calendars for these upcoming December activities.


Nov. 23-25 - Muslim American Society's 16th Annual Western Region Convention in Long Beach.


Nov. 24 - Lauren Booth speaks in San Diego about her journey to Islam


Nov. 25 - Lauren Booth continues her tour of Southern California with events in Temecula and Glendale.


Dec. 1 - Islamic Relief's 1st Annual Change the World Banquet in Anaheim


Dec. 8 - Chino Valley Islamic Center benefit banquet with Imam Zaid Shakir.


Dec. 15 - MPAC holds "Our Future in the Making" convention in Pasadena.


Feb. 15-17, 2012 - Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual MSA West Conference in Santa Barbara. For volunteering opportunities, please email by Sunday, Nov. 25th.


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Shukr is an important principle in Islam. It is a quality of the believers and it is a source of all goodness. Shukr is used in the Quran sometimes as equivalent to faith. The faithful are those who are thankful to God and to people. Allah has described His Prophets and Messengers among those whose hearts were in deep gratitude to their Creator. Prophet Noah was a grateful servant of Allah (Quran 17:3). Prophet Abraham used to thank Allah for His many blessings (Quran 16:121). Prophet David and his family were told to be grateful to Allah (Quran 34:13). Allah told His Prophet Muhammad: Worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks. (Quran 39:66). Click here to read more about thanksgiving.

While the nation will sit down this week to enjoy a feast, let us remember the injustice on our plates and the harvest of shame exposing the unconscionable exploitation of poverty-stricken workers on the farms and the problems in our backyard. The best of the expressions to thank God is to serve people including the homies next door.

Watch The Poverty Tour of America by Tavis Smiley and Prof. Cornel West and read the Poverty Manifesto.  



MAS LA Annual Convention

Nov. 23 - 25 at Long Beach Convention Center  

MAS Banquet 2012

Register Here


 Lauren Booth in Southern California

Nov. 24th & 25th

MLFA Lauren Booth   

San Diego | Temecula | Glendale 


 ISLAMIC RELIEF'S 1st Annual  


Islamic Relief Dec 1 2012   


Imam Zaid Shakir ~ Imam Suhaib Webb  

& Dr. Abed Ayoub


Advance Tickets $50;  

at the door $65; childcare $10 




Building Beautiful Minds Workshops  


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Prison Outreach Programs and Services Director

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The Islamic Shura Council is an umbrella organization of Mosques and Muslim organizations serving the Muslims of Southern California. Since 1995,  the Council continues to foster the spirit and culture of "working together" at all levels in one of the most diverse and largest Muslim populations in the country.