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Muslim Jewish High School Leadership Council Officially Launched at New Ground Iftar

By: Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Two of the eight Muslim Council members, Ayman Baha and Kareem Zeeni

Before the break fast officially began Thursday night, the courtyard of the Westside JCC was filled with 225 people partnering with others they just… Continue reading

Two testimonies: MECA Incarcerated Muslim Support Project

By: Soha Yassine

As you know, MECA has partnered with The Claremont Forum Prison Library Project to send books to Muslim inmates. Additionally, we have sent dozens of DVDs and CDs of ICSC khutbas, Sunday Program lectures, and more to… Continue reading

[In the Media] Defining the ‘All-American Muslim’

By: Naomi Schaefer Riley, from the Wall Street Journal 

Earlier this month, the TLC network announced that it will cancel the reality show “All-American Muslim” due to low ratings. Critics had complained that the show whitewashed the problem of Islamic… Continue reading

Big BIG Developments in Social Services at ICSC

By: Soha Yassine 

As many of you know, I am a relatively new hire at the ICSC. I began working as Youth and Volunteer Coordinator at the Center in June 2011 and, what an adventure it has been! Praise is… Continue reading

Introducing the Young Professionals of the ICSC

By: Marya Mikati, YP of ICSC Co-founder

ICSC Young Professionals is the newest group to join the Islamic
Center of Southern California. The group was started by Lena
Ameripour, Marya Mikati, and Sarah Naqvi because they felt something
was missing from the groups aimed at the twenty-something to early
thirties age group. In talking to their peers they realized that this
was a common theme. Most young Muslims felt that after they had
“outgrown” the youth group it was difficult to attend the mosque
frequently and they no longer felt a connection to their local mosque.
Others wanted a non-judgmental environment to learn about Islam and
discuss issues conflicting with their Islamic values that they came
across in their professional and personal lives. Finally, others just
wanted to develop friendships with other Muslims through social
events. Ameripour, Mikati, and Naqvi decided that a group that met
bi-weekly at the Islamic Center and focused its activities around
spiritual and professional growth would serve all these needs. From
the very first kick-off meeting, it appeared that the rest of their
peers agreed! ICSC Young Professionals kick-off meeting was attended
by 70 young Muslims from all over Southern California ranging from
Thousand Oaks to Riverside. All the members were excited to get
involved and be a part of this new group and Adam Momand was appointed
sports coordinator.

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MECA Quran Study

By: Sadi Malik

Every week, MECA hold a Quran Study class at the Islamic Center. This meetup is set up to study Quran by hearing surahs/chapters recitation with their english translation and presenting findings on the surahs with the intent… Continue reading