MYG Hit the Slopes at Ski Trip 2018
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MYG Hit the Slopes at Ski Trip 2018

MYG Ski Trip 2018 was another year of fun and excitement for our high school youth in Big Bear! The goal was simple  – make new friends and create memories for a lifetime. It’s safe to say that the 70 youth who participated were successful across the board. In fact, they had so much fun...

ICSC Statement and Town Hall Meeting on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem
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ICSC Statement and Town Hall Meeting on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Yesterday’s announcement by President Trump to move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem reverses nearly seventy years of national policy. It is yet another example of how our country has never been fair arbiter of peace and justice between the Palestinians and Israelis. Although President Trump’s announcement was more symbolic in nature than anything...

Expressing Gratitude for New Friendships
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Expressing Gratitude for New Friendships

Just a few days before Thanksgiving, approximately 100 members of the Islamic Center of Southern California joined 200 or so congregants of First united Methodist Church (Pasadena) for a day of worship, learning and joyous celebration. Hearts were opened and the tone was set as Sheikh Asim Buyuksoy began the morning with a recitation and...

ICSC Responds to Hateful Tweet by President Trump
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ICSC Responds to Hateful Tweet by President Trump

This morning, President Trump lowered the bar on his presidency once again, when he used his Twitter account to peddle fear and distrust toward millions of American Muslims, and 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. Trump shared multiple anti-Muslim videos from Britain First, an ultranationalist far right, neofascist group whose leader was convicted last year of attacking a...

Mawlid al-Nabi: A Day to Express Joy and Gratitude
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Mawlid al-Nabi: A Day to Express Joy and Gratitude

On the twelfth day of Rabi’ al-Awwal, Muslims around the world commemorate the birth of our blessed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims recognize this day as a communal expression of joy and gratitude reflecting on Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) message and using it as an opportunity to teach our communities about his distinguished characteristics and way of...

Terror, Justice and a Burden for U.S. Muslims
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Terror, Justice and a Burden for U.S. Muslims

Two events have happened in the past 48 hours on the global scene that bear comment by the Islamic Center of Southern California.  The news overnight out of Egypt, of at least 235 Muslims being massacred by terrorists at a mosque in the Sinai region of that country marks yet another level of evil, a...

Open Mosque Day Festival
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Open Mosque Day Festival

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Islamic Center of Southern California opened it’s doors for our annual Open Mosque Day Festival. Energy was buzzing hours before guests began arriving as volunteers and organizers met early Sunday morning to discuss the setup and day’s plans. This year, the ICSC Interfaith Council decided to take a somewhat new approach on this...

All About Community & Friendship: MYG Ice Cream Social
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All About Community & Friendship: MYG Ice Cream Social

Our MYG crew created their first batch of homemade ice cream, or should I say, masjidmade.  We had a blast at this week’s MYG Ice Cream Social, eating flavors like Blueberry Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk, lactose-free, (but delicious) Peanut Butter Fudge Swirl. After indulging in a bowl of store-bought ice cream, the youth worked together to make our own...

Thank You for Helping Us Feed 17,000 Children
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Thank You for Helping Us Feed 17,000 Children

Last weekend, over 100 volunteers from the ICSC and First United Methodist Church in Pasadena teamed up for our first ever Rise Against Hunger event. Approximately 40 members of the Islamic Center met churchgoers in the gymnasium of First United Methodist Church to help make a difference – ages ranging from children all the way...

Ashura: Lessons from the Exodus & Community Iftar
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Ashura: Lessons from the Exodus & Community Iftar

“The Prophet (PBUH) was asked about fasting on Ashura (the 10th of Muharram), he said: “it expiates the previous year (for sins).” (Sahih Muslim) After a long day of fasting on Saturday, Sep. 29, approximately 250 people gathered for a special program surrounding the Day of Ashura. The event lit up the spirits of those in...