First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica to serve as satellite Friday prayer location to the ICSC

By: Editor 
The Islamic Center of Southern California is proud to offer Jumma Prayers at two Southern California locations. As you know, the ICSC has been offering Jumma prayers regularly for decades. Now we are pleased to announce an… Continue reading

Highlights of the 3rd Annual Conference on Contemporary Islamic Thought

By: Shirin Nouh 

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, the Islamic Center of Southern
California held its 3rd annual conference on Contemporary Islamic Thought
entitled “Science and Religion: Faith vs. Materialism.” Alhamdulillah, we had
a full house hosting over 300… Continue reading

Hassan Hathout’s commemoration of a New Islamic Year

By: Dr. Eba Hathout


The prophet’s secret journey into freedom more than 1400 years ago was the transition of Islam from theory to practice, the prelude to a constitution and the first Muslim experience of a democratic way of life.… Continue reading

Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation Annual Essay Contest

By: Dr. Eba Hathout


Dr. Hassan Hathout (1924-2009) was a man of God, a man of science, and a man of love.  Love in God was a crucial part of his mission.  For Hassan Hathout, all people regardless… Continue reading

Ramadan 2012 Announced

By: Elhami Nasr 

According to calculations in cooperation with the Shura Council of Southern California and other national organizations, the first day of Ramadan will be Friday, July 20, 2012. Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, August 19, 2012,  inshaAllah.… Continue reading

“In the Hands of the Prophet”

 By: Eba Hathout


“In the Hands of the Prophet” is an Arabic poem written by Hassan Hathout in 1968 during a visit to Prophet Mohammed’s grave in Medina. In the poem, Hassan Hathout sheds tears of regret over… Continue reading

The Bargain

By: Hassaan Shahawy


“O you who believe. Shall I lead you to a bargain which may deliver you from a painful chastisement? Believe in God and His Apostle and struggle hard in Allah’s cause with all your means and… Continue reading

Days of Abraham

By: Eba Hathout 


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On the occasion of the Abrahamic festival of… Continue reading

Barrier: A Youth Reflection

By: Khtija Khair 

Almost my whole life I’ve felt this barrier between me and God. The closer I try to get to Him, the further I get pushed back. But why? Its so simple right. Call out… Continue reading

Can Literal be considered Metaphorical?

By: Shireen Karoon

Last Sunday, Dr. Gasser Hathout presented a lecture on “Issues with Quranic Interpretation.”  He shed light on the meaning on “Muhkam” and “Mutashabih” verses as defined and agreed by the scholars.  He noted that most… Continue reading

The Life of This World or the Hereafter

By: Nuor Shatila

“O ye who believe! What is the matter with you, That, when ye are asked To go forth in the Cause of Allah, Ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life Of this world… Continue reading

Post-Ramadan reflection

By: Wasi Momin 

Ramadan. I spend every year in anticipation for it, eager for it to arrive. And when it comes, it just seems to fly by. And when it has passed, I’m wondering where it went. They say… Continue reading

ICSC’s Laylat al-Qadr Commemoration

By: Shirin Nouh 
The Islamic Center of Southern California celebrated Laylat al-Qadr at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on Friday, August 26, 2011. Approximately 3,000 – 4,000 community members attended.  The hall was filled with excitement in anticipation of… Continue reading

The Power of a Prayer

By: Maha Kamel 

A quiet moment of reflection during the MYG Youth Night

A quiet moment of reflection during the MYG Youth Night


I felt the tears fall upon my cheeks as I turned left and right to end my prayer. I had just finished a prayer that… Continue reading

ICSC members have a smooth Hajj experience

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

Record-setting participation in ICSC Ramadan activities

Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Southern California was indeed a unique experience. We were able to serve Iftar every night to an average of 400 people.  We hosted hundreds for taraweeh prayers and spiritual nights. And we engaged young community members who recited impressive Quranic excerpts in for the community

The ICSC iftars were made possible thanks to the generous contribution of our gracious donors whose response was overwhelming.  Exotic meals were provided by various restaurants and served by a group of volunteers, who went beyond the call of duty to host the community and make the breaking of fast a truly spiritual experience.  Everyone was trying to gain the pleasure of Allah (swt) by maximizing their good deeds, providing Iftar, serving Iftar, or simply cleaning up afterward.  Continue reading

Carrying inspiration beyond the holy month

As we walk out of Ramadan, we share significant feelings and thoughts, and hopefully will make important resolutions.

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  • We share the feeling of being light, less clinging to the Earth and aspiring for the highest realms of spirituality.  This is the result of feeding the soul, not just attending to the body.
  • We feel clean and pure as we rejoice in the promise of the prophet (pbuh) that whoever fasted with faith and dedication will have all his past errors and sins blotted out and forgiven.  Continue reading

Longer, hotter fasts test athletes

When Adam Burpee’s high school football teammates rush to nearby water coolers in the afternoon heat, he watches and waits.

On a normal day, in a normal month of his senior season, the 17-year-old would take the opportunity to hydrate, but with the Muslim holy month of fasting underway, he won’t have any food or drink until after sundown — at least two hours after the end of his practices.

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It’s not easy, he said, especially with August and September temperatures that have often crept up to triple-digit levels.  Continue reading

Does Islam mistreat women?

In today’s Los Angeles Times ( Sept. 8 ) one of the lead stories is about a Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to one month in prison for wearing pants in public.  She was originally going to receive 40 lashes for the crime as well, but her sentence was commuted, most likely to avoid further public outcry.  Earlier this year, news about the sanctioning of marital rape in Afghan legal code made its way to the outside world, sparking outrage, especially since things are supposed to be getting better, not worse, for the women in Afghanistan ever since the US-led invasion in 2001.

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At the same time, Muslim women around the world see some improvements in their lives but, more often than not, the difficulties they face can often be linked to unjust interpretations of Islamic and other laws that place women at an extreme disadvantage.  Continue reading

More than a ritual, Ramadan has broad significance

When we look at Ramadan in essence, not just as a ritual, we will discover the great relevance of this essence to our lives, here and now.

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The main essence of fasting is the ability to self restrain, to postpone gratification, to be liberated from the compelling demands of our need and greed, and to do that for a higher consideration.

This is unique to human species, distinguishing us above the animal kingdom.  Continue reading