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Chairperson Message: Thank you for another wonderful Eid

By: Dr. Elhami Nasr

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of Southern California, I would like to thank each and every one of you who came to Eid prayers at the Pasadena Convention Center. We pray to Allah (SWT) to always keep us united as one community.

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Celebrations like these define the connections in our community and gather us in a cause that is greater than anything else, which is worshiping and glorifying Allah (SWT) and obeying His commands.
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Click here to view photos of Eid prayer.

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The exchanging of congratulations, the wishing of happy Eid among our community members was very prevalent that day, and the love and connection was very palpable.  The chanting of Eid takbir and the prayer were moving.  We all enjoyed listening to Dr. Maher Hathout’s inspiring and spiritually uplifting Khutba to the community, especially how he directly addressed the youth of today in his second Khutba,  reminding them that their time was too precious to waste and that they should invest in it wisely.

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But the Islamic Center of Southern California didn’t stop there.  The next day, we had an Eid Carnival at the Islamic Center.  More than 700 people attended this event.   Indeed, it was a night of celebration for people of all ages.  Laughter and joy could be heard from the children, who took turns enjoying the amazing train ride right here in our parking lot, while others attended the magic show.  Adults enjoyed visiting the variety of booths and bazaars, marveling at the goods that were displayed.  Everyone enjoyed the delicious variety of foods, snacks, and deserts.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the Eid!

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Click here to view photos of the Eid Carnival.

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A few testimonials speak to the special atmosphere created that night:

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I want to thank the Islamic Center of Southern California for creating this great Eid Celebration. As always there is something wonderful for every age group. As you walk in, the first thing you hear is the chugging of a train. Yes, train in the Islamic Center!  Truth be told, a train is chugging around the parking lot, pulling around 35 kids at a time, while more wait to take their turn.  Hanging over the train are hanging lights, illuminating night into day.  Inside, a magician flourishes his bag of tricks to the oohs and aahs of kids. In the prayer hall, Sheikh Asim can be heard reading the Quran or talking about the importance of Eid with the many adults gathering around him. The big surprise was that every kid left with a toy with him/her. That was really amazing. Everything was really wonderful. May Allah bless each and every one who made this event possible.
-Mohammad Khaleel, community member
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This is the first time I came to the masjid.  When I saw the lights and happy children, I instantly felt the spirit of Eid.  It was truly enchanting! I wish the masjid did this every day!
– ICSC community member

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Of course, we thank Allah (SWT), who made this and all other things possible. We would also like to thank our dedicated community members, who worked so hard to help us.  A very special thanks to our dedicated Social Services Committee, Administration, Religious Services, the youth, and everyone else who helped make this a memorable event. May Allah bless you all.

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Peace and blessings,

Dr. Elhami Nasr

ICSC Board of Directors Chairperson


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