Thousands attend Eid prayers at Wilshire Grand

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

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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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

Moon-sighting madness

No Ramadan would be complete without confusion surrounding the end of the holy month. You might be planning an Eid get together or looking forward to meeting others for the morning takbeer when a friend tells you that he is not sure if he will be celebrating with you because the end date of Ramadan is not certain — or so he says.

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While some argue that, cloudy skies or not, they must spot the crescent moon to confirm the end of Ramadan, other communities, like the ICSC, rely on astronomical calculations, which are 100% accurate, to plan then end of the month, said Jihad Turk, religious director at the center. Continue reading

Making Eid relevant in America

Muslims in countries across the globe break out into mass celebrations during the Eid holidays, with feasts and festivals aplenty. In the United States, however, Muslim holidays are much different.

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Although still special days, the celebrations can be smaller and far more subtle than large-scale events in other parts of the world, or Christmas and Hanukkah festivities in America.

That makes Eid a unique experience in the United States, particularly for immigrants and converts, so we asked some of our members to tell us how they make the celebrations relevant, especially after having previously been part of mass festivities. Continue reading