Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
News & Upcoming Events
June 17, 2016 Issue
Special Ramadan Series
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Eid al-Fitr will be on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, insha'Allah.

Every night after Isha (10:45pm)
"Parents at Taraweeh - Making it Work"
A wonderful and simple piece worth reading for by every parent:
Parents, Taraweeh is Sunnah
Taking Care of Your Children is Fard
Please drive very slowly and only park in designated areas for everyone's safety.

ICGC Ramadan Kids Program

Every night during Isha and the first 8 Raka'as of Taraweeh
Kids ages 3-8 years Kids of this age have to be there unless they are praying the whole time.
In the Sunday school classes in the Community Center
Fee: $5/kid, or $8/2 kids (sponsorship coupons are available)
Sunday School Girls are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Ramadan program for kids

Please help us to provide a peaceful environment for everyone to enjoy Taraweeh. Kids are advised to stay with their parents and pray the entire time. If they are not praying, they need to be in the kids program.

Sign up will be in the first night of Taraweeh (Sunday, June 5 @ 10:30 pm). There will be table with information and forms to fill out by the entrance to the Community Center. 

Special Ramadan Series with Shaikh Hossam Musa: The Fiqh of Fasting
Every Saturday during Ramadan    
After Asr salat  (Asr is at 6:00pm)
Inside the Masjid

Join us every Saturday during Ramadan fror sessions with our new Imam, Sheikh Hossam Musa on the Fiqh of Fasting. The last session will be on the Fiqh of Eid.
Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Dr. Inayat Malik
2nd Juma'a - 3:30 pm
Omer Muzaffar  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 5:00 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 6:00 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 10:45 PM
Ongoing Activities

New Muslim's Group
Sundays 12:30 - 2:00pm
Education Bldg, classroom  

Kids Quran Program
Mon/Wed/Fri 3:00-5:00pm
Community Center classrooms

Men's Basketball
Mon & Wed
6:30 - 8:30 pm, GYM 

6:00 - 7:00 pm, GYM 

Math Tutoring
High school and middle school students every Sat.

Please contact th e class organizer before attending a class to complete any registration requirements and check if space is available. Email addresses are listed with each class/activity.

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Community Potluck Iftars

Thursday June 16
Monday June 20
Thursday June 23
(Private functions cancel potluck so please check newsletter weekly for changes.)
Join us for Iftars with the rest of the community (these are open with no charge). Bring your own food and let's share Iftar together! If you can, please bring a little bit extra.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Donate for supplies (paper products, dates, drinks) and help with cleanup.
Ramadan Eid Bazaar
Bazaar will be on Friday, June 24 Noon-5:00pm
Vendor registration deadline is June 17

"Eid Bazaar" which will be held at the ICGC Community Center on Friday June 24, 2016 between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm. We welcome all businesses to participate in the Eid Bazaar, especially those who sell items such as men & women's clothing, designer ladies wear, jewelry, Islamic clothing, henna, gifts, and any other things that people usually buy for Eid.

All interested vendors must reserve a booth by completing the attached registration form. The deadline to submit this form is June 17, 2016.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the Registration Form

The registration cost for each booth ranges from $20 to $75 depending on the type of booth - see the attached form for more detail.

If you have any questions about this event, please text message us at 513-293-9500 or email at

As always, we appreciate your support.

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC)

Contact us by TEXT at 513-293-9500
Eid al-Fitr Parking Informationeidparking

Eid al-Fitr will be on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, insha'Allah.
Parking Pass (please read fully)

2 Eid Salats: 7:30am and 9:30am. You must display an ICGC Parking Pass on your rearview mirror in order to park on site. On July 6 all vehicles without parking pass must vacate by 6:45am and will be towing enforced by Millennium Towing. In main parking lot, park in LINED SPACES only and DO NOT double park because this will block bus from making their big turns. 

Additional parking is in the rear of the Community Center. 
Please help us to help everyone by following the direction of staff and volunteers and please show respect to those dedicating their time and hard work to ensure smooth flow and safety on this Eid holiday. 

When can you buy? For sale now to IEC Members, donor equivalents, and Handicap parking permit holders
Open sale for everyone begins Monday, June 20

2 Eid Prayers / 2 Eid Parking Passes
BLUE PASS is for 7:30 AM program/salat
PINK PASS is for 9:30 AM program/salat
More Eid ul-Fitr program details will be sent on a later date.

How much does it cost?  Cost to Members $10. Cost to non-members $15.  Limit 1 per household.

Office Hours - IEC Member/Donor/Handicap: The office will stay open late, until 6:30pm, for PARKING PASS SALE on Friday, June 17 ONLY for members, donor equivalent and handicap permit holders.  Please, no other business in the office after 4:00pm besides parking pass sales.

Office Hours - Open Sale to everyone: The office will stay open late, until 6:30pm, for open sale to everyone on June 27.  Please, no other business in the office after 4:00pm besides parking pass sales. 

Overflow Eid Parking at Meijer
Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available Eid morning from 7:15am-NOON at the Meijer parking lot. The 3 yellow buses will be making continuous trips back and forth from Meijer to the Masjid. Cars not displaying the parking pass may be towed at the owners' expense. Please be respectful of our neighbors on Plantation Drive as well as your fellow Muslims by driving slowly and allowing them to enter and exit their driveways.

Police Parking Restrictions on Plantation Drive
Important Note: Parking on Plantation Drive and the 2 side streets is being designated with signs as temporary no-parking by West Chester Police Department. Please pay attention and follow the direction of their signs. WCPD has the authority and will ticket or tow any car violating their parking restrictions.

Parking Etiquette for Eid and all Year Round
We would like to encourage everyone to carpool where possible, as parking is filling beyond capacity every night at the Masjid.

There is no parking permitted on grass anywhere on the property other than the strip along the highway that is specifically designed for car parking. No parking in the turn-about drop off zone at the Masjid side entrance. Handicapped parking is for cars displaying handicap permit. Towing services will be performed by Millennium Towing and all fines are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. Please remember, there are good safety reasons these areas have no parking designations.

Volunteer staff may direct you to park in certain areas. Please show them courtesy, as they are giving of their time to ease the flow of traffic and help you to avoid the inconvenience of a towed vehicle. We thank you for your patience.

Remember to drive slowly through the neighborhood when coming to, and leaving from the Masjid! Please BE COURTEOUS to our neighbors and let them turn into their driveways.

Please park your vehicles in marked/legal areas only, do not park in the neighborhood homes/property. West Chester Police Dept. will be increasing their patrol around our center and they will issue citation for minor/major violations. We have also contracted with a towing company to remove vehicles parked illegally at the vehicle owners expense.

We request our community members to respect these rules and follow the direction of security staff/volunteers so that we may all be blessed with and enjoy a peaceful Ramadan at ICGC.
Ramadan Series with Dr. Baher Foad
Sunday, June 19 & 26  
12:30 - 2:00 pm
ICGC Education Center, Mirror Hall
Lessons from the Qur'an Ramadan Special series

Youth Potluck Iftar & Discussion

Tuesday, June 21
ICGC Gym  
ICGC's Youth Group will be having potluck iftar, prayer and dicussion. YG encourages you to bring a food dish with you.  

Questions? Contact ICGC Youth Group at

Mother's & Young Children, Enhance Your Juma'ah Experience
Open Fridays and nightly during Ramadan during Isha and Taraweeh

The Mothers Prayer Room in the Community Center with beautiful surroundings make it easy for mothers with young children to listen to the Khutba and participate in Juma'ah congregation. It is open for the 1:15 and the 3:30 Khutbas and prayers.

A new Islamic Kids library is inside The Mother's Prayer Room! Your little ones can enjoy these books during juma and then put them back for others to enjoy. 

Rahma Ramadan Food Drive 2016
Help the needy with your Iftar

Alhumdulillah we are blessed to always have food on our tables. Unfortunately, there are many who are deprived.
Alhumdulillah this Ramadan Rahma is collaborating with homeless shelters and OTR Masjid to send any leftovers from Iftar parties .
Please let me know if you have any leftover food from your Iftar parties and we can make arrangements to deliver at these locations.
Etiquette of sending food:
1) Food cannot be more than one day old.
2) homeless shelters will only take food that is unopened
3) OTR need is bigger they will take any food
4) Allah swt has given us this opportunity to serve - so pack in packages or trays that look appealing
5) usually folks receiving food will not be able to handle spicy food - if it is spicy please let us know
We need volunteers to take food to theses places - please let us know if you can help.
Contact:  Afreen Asif at or 513-443-5122
Art Camp with Young Rembrandts
June 20-23 (Mon-Thur)
Boys and Girls ages 6-12
$90/child. Register by email to

Ways to Give this Ramadan...

Ramadan Grocery Coupons
There are many in our community who are in need. For Ramadan, we want to be certain that they are able to break their fasts with enough food Insha'Allah. Grocery coupons are a way to make a difference for those in need. These coupons can be used at different Halal Markets to be able to buy groceries. 
How you can help?
Sponsor the grocery coupons (they are $25 each; sponsor as many as you want). The need is in higher demand this year so please give as you are able. You can also help to identify the needy so that we provide these coupons in a dignified way. 

Zakat ul Fitr
Please make your Zakat donations at this time. And please help us to identify the needy so that we provide in a dignified way.

Refugee Packages (ICGC Rahma's initiative)
Please donate money or items, such as toiletries to include in these relief packages! Toilet tissue, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, etc.

Fast & Feed (ICGC Rahma's Initiative)
Rahma Community Services, an ICGC initiative, is spearheading the Ramadan Food Drive. We are accepting donations of non-perishable canned and boxed food during the month of Ramadan which will be distributed to local needy families. Please bring your donations inside plastic BINS in the Community Center or Masjid.

Qurans for Patients
Dawah resources for local hospitals for Muslim patients, prisoners and Muslim converts, at their request. The program is solely supported by your donations. PLEASE be sure to include the note that your donation is for Quran Program.
Eid Carnival
Saturday, July 9
Parking Lot & Gym
Trackless Train Ride, Mechanical Bull for teens, Real Bumper cars, Turbo twist ride, Pony rides, Inflatables & more! Something for EVERY AGE!!!

Food vendors, KONA Shaved Ice Truck, Live Firefighters & Firetruck & Ambulance, Clothing vendors & Henna Artists too!

Do YOU want to be a vendor? How about becoming a sponsor and turn  this into a fun filled day to remember! 
Volunteers are needed as well! 
Contact: Camellia Noor @
Renew Your Membership

Renew Your IEC Membership
For those who pay yearly we would like to encourage you to renew your membership at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati at this time.
Don't forget about the option for monthly automatic deduction from either a checking account or credit card which makes paying your dues even easier and will automatically renew every year!
* Flexible dues so that everyone can afford Membership
* Sunday School Discounts
* Hall Rental Discounts
* Eligible to Vote & run for ICGC Executive Board
* Reward from Allah *
* For your Sadqa-e-Jariya
Weekend Islamic School Student Registration for School Year 2016-2017
Sunday, August 14
First Day of school August 21, 2016
Please register your children on time. Door prizes will be available for first 25 registrants. 

Teachers Orientation
Saturday, August 20
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Islamic Center In The News

Now more than ever the American Muslim community has to take control of their own narrative and must engage through making community news accessible, provide comments, and discussions on the stories relevant to our community. We have been blessed with wide and positive coverage of the Center.  When there is positive coverage we must all give feedback and acknowledge and appreciate the work of the media. Please take a few minutes to review the media links and give positive feedback where you feel comfortable.
orlandoArticles on Orlando Shooting:

WCPO article on our new Imam:

Articles following the passing of Muhammad Ali: