This year’s Hajj with members of our mosque community was wonderful. As usual, the awesome feeling of bliss and the overwhelming presence of Allah’s mercy in every step and every ritual was more than sufficient, alhamdulillah.
Food and accommodation were great and the weather was very pleasant.
Fears of swine flue disappeared and we didn’t hear about flood casualties in Jeddah. A rain storm in Mina presented an excitement but no danger; we had to relocate to a hotel from the Mina camp to allow the water to dry up. Continue reading
With a very successful launch of the ICSC’s Academy of Islamic Thought and completion of the first module on Islamic knowledge taught by Dr. Maher Hathout, AIT is now looking forward to the second module on personal development. I have been tapped to teach this course which will focus on laying the foundations for our relationship with God.
As Muslims living in the United States, we are often challenged to find opportunities to deepen in our knowledge of Islam. The AIT program is designed to provide just that opportunity. The curriculum is designed to enhance one’s whole personality and this coming module is intended to help individuals improve in character and faith to help in achieving greater success in the hereafter as well as in this life. Continue reading
Chants of the Eid Takbeer could be heard from the prayer hall as worshippers hurried to attend the Eid prayer. The Islamic Center of Southern California hosted Eid-ul-Adha prayers this year at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. The first prayer was held at 7:30 AM and the second prayer was at 9:30 AM
Dr. Maher Hathout led the community for the first prayer. Approximately 2,000 people attended. Dr. Saleh Kholaki and Br. Jihad Turk led the congregation for the second prayer; approximately 1,000 people attended. Continue reading
The Muslim Youth Group’s annual Ski Trip is the highlight of the winter season. It’s an occasion for the Muslim youth of Southern California to get together, meet other young Muslims and take some time out of their hectic lives to learn and appreciate Islam. The youth form irretractable bonds during those three days, bonds that very often bloom into lifelong friendships. The Ski Trip’s Islamic ambience harks back to that of the Islamic Center of Southern California’s belief that worshipping Allah can, and should be, fun.
This ideology is apparent upon taking a closer look at the activities that take place during the Ski Trip. Every day starts with Fajr Prayer as a group, despite the freezing temperatures; everyone gets up to pray with their cabin-mates and start the day off thanking Allah. Continue reading