Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
News & Upcoming Events
April 29, 2016 Issue
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ISNA Green Initiative Webinar
Thursday, April 28 
8:00 pm  
This webinar, hosted by the ISNA Green Masjid Task Force, is a part of the ISNA Green Initiative to commemorate the universal Earth Week and Arbor Day. Webinar presenters will be Sr. Uzma Mirza and Br. Saffet Catovic, moderated by Sr. Nana Firman.

Earth Week is a week-long set of organized observances and activities across the globe. It may be considered as a formal recognition, re-affirmation and celebration of our role as human beings as Khalifatul Ard - Caretakers of the Earth, while the Arbor Day is dedicated to encourage individuals and groups to plant and care for the trees.
After Fajr Breakfast

Breakfast after Fajr Salat
Saturday, April 30
Fajr will be at 6:00  
Come for Fajr Salat and stay for breakfast in the GYM. This is a great way to socialize and meet new people in the community.
We do need help with these breakfasts so contact Gias Amin or Mojibur Rahman if you can help or have questions.
Masjid Clean Up Day
In Preparation for Annual Day Weekend
Saturday, April 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm  
This Saturday, the youth group is having a clean up day for the Masjid to prepare for Annual Day weekend. All help is needed from the community, youth and adult. Please come to either help with cleaning or to donate cleaning supplies. We're in a dire need for cleaning towels, gloves, all-purpose cleaning products, Febreze, air fresheners, and carpet Febreze. 
Save the date Annual Day Weekend

Mark your calendars!
Annual Day weekend is on May 14 & 15
Islamic Insights with Dr. Foad
Sunday, May 1
ICGC Education Center, Mirror Hall  
Lessons from the Qur'an Surat Ibrahim and Surat Ar'ad chapters 13 & 14 of the Qur'an presented by Fiqh Scholar, Dr. Baher Foad
Youth Development Program (YDP)

Qur'anic education and sports activities for middle & high school  boys and girls . Sessions are moderated by our new youth coordinator, Ahmad Saqr. 
To sign up...
Girls:  May 1
Middle School 7:00-9:00 AM  Register Here
High School 9:00-11:00 AM   Register Here
Boys: May 8
Middle School 7:00-9:00 AM  Register Here
High School 9:00-11:00 AM  Register Here
$1000 Interfaith & Civic Engagement Scholarship
Applications must be post-marked by Friday, May 6th
Ahmad Interfaith and Civic Engagement Scholarship  $1000 (one awarded)
The Dr. Masood and Shakila Ahmad Scholarship is to recognize and encourage Interfaith and Civic Engagement in the regional Cincinnati community with a $1,000 scholarship to a student graduating from any school in Butler County, Mason High School,  Sycamore High School or St. Xavier High School. It is awarded to a senior who is committed to and has exhibited  excellence through Interfaith and Civic Service engagement in his/her community and region. The student should  demonstrate through the essay and his/her activities about the value and benefits of reaching across faith communities,  dialogue and collaboration with others regardless of religion, race or ethnicity for serving the greater good and building  a stronger community. The student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and plans to attend a 2 or 4 year college degree  program. 

For info or questions contact: 513-874-5450 or visit the website .

and for info about 16 other scholarships available from the Community Foundation.
Open House Masjid Tour

Saturday, May 7
Tour begins in the ICGC Education Building, Mirror Hall
Guests are asked to RSVP by NOON on Friday, May 6
Our Community is encouraged to invite neighbors or colleagues who may have questions about Islam. Please ask people to call or email the office by NOON on Friday May 6 so we may accommodate everyone interested. 513-755-3280 or
ICGC Tours & Talks program: neighbors, houses of worship, schools of all levels and businesses invited to learn and build understanding. Contact us at or go to our website at to schedule a guided tour or speaker.  Here is one feedback along with a tour request out of hundreds we have received about the experience...
"This experience with ICGC will be lasting for all of us. We are so appreciative of what you, Shakila, led to happen decades ago for non-Muslims to understand about Islam in America.  Now we from Holy T carry a very new appreciation for Islam and understanding what are the values of Muslims so similar to those values of us who choose to be Christians.  Surely, it has changed our lives as we see ourselves living together with Muslims in America.  We are most grateful to you, Shakila, Huma, Zeinab, and Nadia."
-From a local church
Interfaith Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, May 7

Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors (RASKALS) began in the fall of 1996 in West Chester when eleven-year-old Emily Weber sent a letter to the township administrator searching for a project that would help her community.

That initial desire evolved into what has become a twice-a-year event: the first Saturday in May for spring cleanup and the first Saturday in November for fall cleanup.  The purpose of the RASKALS project is to help our older adults through random acts of kindness.  Chores include:  Raking leaves,  Cleaning windows,  Picking up twigs and sticks,  Washing first floor windows,  Sweeping sidewalks, and  Trimming bushes and shrubs

Volunteer to help out senior citizens in the City of Fairfield!
Or contact Linda Groff at 
Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Zeeshan Tayeb
2nd Juma'a - 3:30 pm
Ashraf Traboulsi  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 6:15 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 5:45 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 9:50 PM
Sunday Lunch Menu
MAY 1st
Adult Lunch - $5
(if seafood allergy: chicken alternative available)
* Raita
* Salad
* Dessert
* Tea/Coffee/Drinks

Kid Lunch - $2
* Halal Chicken Pizza
* Cookie
* Drink
Weekend School Class Times

Advanced Arabic/Language Classes

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Regular Classes 1st Period

11:00 AM - 12:25 PM


12:25 - 12:35 PM

Regular Classes 2nd Period

12:35 - 2:00 PM

Ongoing Activities
Senior Group

Girls Teen Club
Friday, May 6
5:30-8:30pm, Classroom A

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

Boys & Dads Club
4:30-7:00pm, Gym 

Kids Quran Program
Mon & Wed, 5:00-6:30pm
Fri, makeup day 5:00-6:30pm
Community Center classrooms

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

Ladies Quran
8:30am, Community Center

Ladies Fitness
7:00 - 8:30 pm, GYM 

Tues & Thur
5:30 - 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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Presenting New books authored by Dr. Baher Foad, ICGC Board Member & Fiqh Scholar

vailable in the Masjid bookstore and Admin Office. All proceeds benefit the Masjid

" What Christians should know about the Qur'an and Muhammad "    $13

"Understanding the New Testament in the Context of the Quran "    $20

"The Qur'an: Its message, contents and concepts "    $20

Weekend School National Merit Scholars & ACT 

Sunday, May 8
Immediately after Dhuhur prayer in the Community Center Gym

Recognition of National Merit Scholars and students with outstanding ACT Score

Congratulations National Merit Scholars 2016:
1) Fatima Anwar (D/O Dr Javaria Anwar and Dr Nadeem Anwar) 
2) Nausheen Siddiqui (D/O Sr. Sajida Siddiqui and Br. Adil Siddiqui)

Congratulations Students with Outstanding ACT Scores 2016:
1) Ameen Ahmad (S/O Sr. Shagufa Ahmad & Dr. Syed Arif Ahmad)
2) Fadhil Hussain (S/O Sr. Jereena Ameen and Br. Mushtaq Hussain)

These students will be recognized by Weekend Islamic school, sponsored by Sr. Sadiqua Rahman and Dr. Sheikh Abdur Rahman on May 8th, after Dhuhur Prayer in the Gymnasium. 

Please come and join us to congratulate these children for their accomplishment and to encourage other students from our community. We always have lunch available to buy on Sundays and we will also have cake Inshallah. C ontact Tilat Rizvi ( , 513-256-5868) or Br. Gulame Asif ( , 513-748-9424) for any questions.
Women's Coffee Hour & Sports Day
Wednesday, May 11
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Community Room & Outdoor basketball court and athletic field
Please join us for a fun filled Coffee hour before Summer Break. It will be ladies only. 
Theme: Women's Sports Day
Games: Cricket, Dodge the Ball, Ready go!  Feel free to suggest any game that you would want to play!
Please bring a snack to share with everyone! 
Men's Social

Sunday, May 15
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Community Room and Outdoor grill area
Mark your calendar and join us for a BBQ social!
Ladies Interfaith Social
Saturday, May 21
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Education Building

Ramadan Hall Rental

Having an Iftar this Ramadan? Rent our Dinner Hall...
All Fridays and Saturdays during Ramadan have already been booked!

CLICK HERE to download the Rental Licensee "Agreement"

NOTE: This Agreement is for Personal Use only. 
Contact the Office for information about rental for Organizational Use such as fundraising (limited and subject to Board approval)

Steps for renting the Dinner Hall (gymnasium):
  1. Call the office to inquire about date availability. Rentals are first come basis and all these steps must be complete before your date can be reserved/held.
  2. Fully complete Pages 2 & 5 of the Agreement. (Page 7 can be completed later, due 5 days prior to your rental)
  3. This Agreement + Payment must be returned to the office before your event date can be reserved.
  4. Return the completed Agreement to the Administrative Office in-person either during office hours 9am-4:00pm or leave in the black "Admin" mailbox on the wall next to the Admin office door. Include a CHECK for the deposit amount of $250.00 made payable to IEC. This check is held until after your event and is meant to insure against damage, misuse, or clean up related to violation of Agreement terms. Important: Deposit checks are voided/shredded after a post-event inspection and cannot be applied to your rental fee (due 5 days prior to your rental). 
Rental of the International Academy's cafeteria is done through the Academy Office in person from 9am-2pm. Call 513-755-0169 to inquire about rates and availability.
Our Masjid, Our Future
We are excited to inform you that a campaign by the name -  Our Masjid, Our Future - is being started to ensure that our beautiful place of worship will remain vibrant for this and future generations to come. A small team of volunteers has been chartered to engage everyone in the community to participate in making the Islamic Center financially self-reliant and self-sufficient. Please expect one of the following
members  to reach out to you in the coming weeks. We pray that by virtue of this endeavor Allah will bless this Muslim community in this life and in the hereafter - In'sha-Allah.
ICGC Board President
Shakila Ahmad
Members of the Campaign Team:
Junaid Malik
Sarwar Shareef
Sawsan Bouso
Rania Rawas
Rick Schwen
Anila Zindani
Nazim Fazlani
Ashraf Traboulsi
Mohamed Dhaman
Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month. Let's not forget our Special children and their parents, may Allah inchALLAH help them be more patient, and for us to be much more grateful and very supportive. Ameen.

Please read  Drawing Near to Allah Thru Disability written by the  Muslim Parent of a Special Needs Child  
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Rahma Community Services is now accepting NEW CLIENTS!

If you are looking for employment, education, or have any other needs, give us a call at 513-512-5801 or email at to schedule an appointment.

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In The News
Every community has a narra tive.  Either that community controls the narrative or the narrative cont rols the community.   Now more than ever the American Muslim community has to take control of the narrative. This can only be achieved if as a community we are building bridges and inroads with media.  Media outlets want to cover stories and do pieces that people are interested in. They want viewers, readers, comments, and discussions.  It is critical that as a community we are more visible and more vocal in the media.
We have been blessed for 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.
Nadeem Quraishi
ICGC Communications/PR Initiative
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