Monthly Archives: November 2009

Conference examines Islam’s treatment of women

The hot topic of women’s right in Islam was the subject of a conference by the Islamic Center of Southern California held and cosponsored by The University of Southern California on October 17, 2009.
The Quran unequivocally granted both men and women equal social rights and responsibilities as stated; “And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong …” (Quran 9:71). However, many Muslims are influenced by old cultures and tribal traditions that hinder the full participation of women in society. In some cultures, women are kept as virtual prisoners in their own homes – denied education, right of movement, and full participation in community affairs.  Continue reading

ICSC launches Academy of Islamic Thought

The Academy of Islamic Thought, spearheaded by Necva Ozgur, kicked off its cutting-edge academic program to full enrollment this month, with its first course given by Dr. Maher Hathout.  The academy is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge of Islam and the practical application of it in our daily lives.  The first series of courses is entitled “Intellectual Development: An Introduction to the Quran.”

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Dr. Hathout started the academy’s first class by introducing the Quran with the definition, “the inimitable Arabic text, sent down by God to Muhammad (pbuh), carried by angel Gabriel.”  After this quintessential definition, Dr. Hathout reminded attendees that the Quran was sent to humanity, not just to the scholars of the world.  With this realization, we are able to develop a personal relationship with the Quran.  That lesson was part of the first in a series of courses that will take students through the miracles of the Qur’an and its major themes, and it will present us with a journey into the substance of this divine holy text.  Continue reading

UPDATE: Eid al Adha and the ICSC in the news

Thanksgiving weekend will be doubly special for Muslims this year. Thanksgiving will be on Nov. 26 and Eid al Adha will likely be on Nov. 27, although that date is subject to change.

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The ICSC will hold two Eid prayer services at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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Youth overnight lock-in to be a new effort for success

What is a youth group? Is it mainly just a place where youth come to hang out with their friends? Is it a place where they can meet individuals like themselves? Could it simply be a place for parents to drop off their children in order to have a day or night of relaxation? In essence it’s all of these things and so much more.

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A youth group should be a place to change youth for the better in almost every avenue their lives are a part of. At the Muslim Youth Group of the Islamic Center of Southern California we pride ourselves in making sure that our youth are strong in academics, life skills and the deen of Islam. Continue reading

Walkathon brings 300 attendees for carnival, art, Quran recitation program

About 300 community members joined us on a beautiful Sunday morning on Oct. 18 at the Islamic Center of Southern California for our annual walkathon and carnival Events.

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Special thanks to our walkathon sponsors and volunteers who made this a fun filled day for the entire family.  The day began at 9:30 a.m. with registration for the walk.  Continue reading