In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim - In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful 

 Islamic Shura Council of So Cal

Apr. 19, 2017

23 Rajab 1438H

Newsletter Issue # 418

 
"It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases - that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. God has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know ~ Qur'an 10:5

RAMADAN AND SHAWWAL DATES ANNOUNCED

  O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint."  Qur'an 2:183

The Fiqh Council of North American (FCNA) has announced the start of Ramadan and Shawwal for 2017 (1438H). 

The month of Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic, or Hijri, calendar.  The word "Ramadan" comes from the Arabic root word for "parched thirst" and "sun-baked ground." Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat and drink every day. It teaches him/her to be charitable. Through increased charity, Muslims foster feelings of generosity and good-will toward others.

We pray that God accepts our fasting and prayers during this blessed month.

More information can be found at www.fiqhcouncil.org and  www.moonsighting.com 



NEWS
 
The Shura Council congratulates it's member, Masjid Ibaadillah, on the groundbreaking ceremony for a new center ( Islah LA) this past weekend. Masjid Ibaadillah has been a fixture in South Los Angeles and we encourage you to help them achieve their goals of expanding their campus.

Shura Council mourns the passing of Br. Afzal Ahmed Farooki, the father of our Development Director, Br. Kalim Farooki. May God place Br. Afzal in the highest heaven and give his family patience and strength. Condolences can be emailed to kalim@shuracouncil.org

Masjid Al-Shareef in Long Beach celebrates its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, April 29th featuring Imam Zaid Shakir. This will also be a tribute to the legacy of Imam Haroon Abdullah and Sister Louella Abdullah. Tickets can be purchased by calling (562) 691-5320. 

Shooting rampage in Fresno that killed three people was "motivated by hate" and not tied to terrorism according to police chief, Jerry Dyer.

A recent Gallup Poll finds that the majority of the U.S. public no longer thinks that President Trump keeps his promises.

This Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day, an observance to gather national support for environmental issues. It was started in 1970 and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

The first week of May is Screen Free Week. You can use this time to reconnect with family and friends or revive a forgotten hobby. Here are seven parent-tested tips to unplug and play.

Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate. Books are going from pages to pixels even though most of the world's information is still in print.


EVENTS
 
The Shura Council calendar offers many community events.We have compiled a select few for your convenience. 

Apr. 21
> Free Job Fair at Access Cal in Anaheim.

Apr. 22
> Leadership Workshop for Muslim Nonprofits, in Garden Grove. Must register to attend, here. Not a public event.
> Masjid Gibrael Fundraiser, in San Gabriel.

Apr. 24
> Muslim Day at the Capitol, in Sacramento. Register now.

Apr. 27
> State of the Masjid webinar series, sign up here.

Apr. 28
> Protect this House free Friday, in Garden Grove. Weekend seminar to be held in Fullerton, register here.

Apr. 29
> 4th Family Symposium, in Riverside.
> IOK Seminary open house, in Diamond Bar.

For all upcoming events, click here. To add your upcoming event to our calendar, please click here. 
 


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