Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
News & Upcoming Events
March 11, 2016 Issue
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"Time" to Spring forward!

The time change officially takes place at 2 a.m., but instead of having to spring 
out of bed adjust your clocks before you go to bed Saturday evening. 

The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices. If you're still using an analog alarm clock, you'll need to manually change the time.   

This will change all the pray times beginning on Sunday. 2nd juma'ah will be at 3:30pm beginning on Friday, March 18. 
Dr. Foad presenting at Interfaith Event
Saturday, March 12
(advance registration required)
Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Rd
RSVP to Susie Myers

Our community's engagement is important for this very special event...
Make your reservation now to 
"One Abraham or Three?"
A Conversation among the Three Faiths
(Presentations & Dinner)

Women's SMART 2-hour Self-Defense Class p resented by WCPD & Rahma Circle of Friends
Saturday, March 12 
2:30-4:30pm @ ICGC
Girls Age 16+ (with adult participant)
and Ladies of all ages!
A free self-defense class offered by the West Chester Police Department at ICGC... Awareness, being mentally prepared in the event you get attacked, and basic self-defense skills are touched on in this class. We will spend the 1st half talking about how not to get into a fight. The 2nd half will be fighting skills.
Presented by Officer Michelle Berling (and a male officer for demonstration of techniques)

Please wear comfortable clothes. There is some striking in this class but the class is not overly rigorous. Feel free to sit out of any physical exercises and observe.
Adam Kader Thiam of the United Nations

Saturday, March 12
5:00-8:00pm, ICGC Mirror Hall
Join us for a warm welcome of UN representative Adam Kader Thiam, the Resident Audit Coordination at the United Nations. for a session on Awareness and Opportunities for engagement with the United Nations.

More About Adam Kader Thiam
Adama is a UN official expert who has extensive experience in governance and oversight, Administration and Operations Management, Emergency Management, fraud examination and prevention, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. In addition to having served at the UN Headquarters twice, Adama has worked in many UN field missions, including DR Congo and Mali
Islamic Insights with Dr. Baher Foad
Sunday, March 13
12:30 - 2:00 pm
ICGC Education Center, Mirror Hall
Topics discussed in this session will include...
Who is Muhammad? And what does he represent to Muslims? And misconceptions about Muhammad
Is Islam compatible with Western democracy?
What is Shari'a law? And does it apply to non-Muslims?
Fighting in Islam and Jihad
Islamophobia: what Christians and Muslims should do about it? The concept of Diversity in the Qur'an
Basketball Scrimmage

Sunday, March 13
3:00pm, ICGC Gym

3:00pm: Peewee Girls scrimmage (the team will be divided in two and will play against each other). Game will be open to everyone.
3:30pm: Senior Boys will play versus the Clifton team. We plan on having 4 games. 

Please do come out and watch and enjoy the games.

Parents, Students & Community
Dialogue on the Lakota -Vision/Mission Statement
Wednesday, March 16
6:00-8:00 pm. ICGC Mirror Hall
Lakota East High School is embarking on a year
process of developing a vision/mission for the High School. Because of the importance of our community in the demographic of the student body, we would like you to join the  conversation. It's because your opinion matters that these sessions are being hosted by the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati !

Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Ashraf Trabousli
2nd Juma'a - 3:10 pm
Zain Siddiqi  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 6:00 AM
Dhuhr: 1:15 PM
Asr: 4:30 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 8:15 PM

Iqama Times beginning on  Sunday are:
Fajr: 6:50 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 5:30 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 9:15 PM
Sunday Lunch Menu
MARCH 13th
Adult Lunch - $5
 Rice w/Ground Beef
* Raita (yogurt with spices)
* Salad
* Dessert
* Soft Drink & Tea/Coffee

Kid Lunch - $2
* Chicken Sandwich
* Cupcake
* Juice
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
Friday, March 11

Girls Teen Club
Friday, March 11
6:00-8:30pm, Classroom B

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.
Get Your special ICGC 20th Anniversary mug
Only $5

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Presenting New books authored by Dr. Baher Foad, ICGC Board Member & Fiqh Scholar

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

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

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

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

INTAC's "An Enchanted Evening"
Girls only Dinner & Dance

Saturday, March 18
6:00-8:00 pm. INTAC Cafeteria/ICGC Gym

Y-Talk "Reflections" Q&A with Imam Azeez
March 18
4:15 - 5:15 pm, ICGC Gym

Conversations with God - "Why do we Pray?" with Imam Azeez
March 18
8:00-10:00 pm, ICGC MIrror Hall

Feed Our Neighbors In Need

Sunday, March 20
Drop off of donations accepted on this day only
Bring items to the Community Center
No items should be left inside the Masjid!

Food and Nutrition Workshops
  • March 25th and April 1st after Jumma 
  • Or by calling: 513-512-5802
Rahma Health, in collaboration with Ohio State University Extension,  presents a FREE series of eight workshops where you: 

* Learn to make healthy food choices 
* Stretch your food dollars 
* Enjoy fun family activities
* Learn safe food handling methods

Eight week course:
  • Every Thursday starting from April 7th 
  • 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Dinner & Conversation with the Consul General of Pakistan, Faisal Niaz Trimizi

Thursday, April 7
5:30 pm, ICGC Gym for Dinner, Mirror Hall for Conversation

Training for the Disaster Assistance Response Team
Saturday, April 9
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
ICGC Education Building, Mirror Hall

Want to turn your extra time into good deeds by becoming a Disaster Assistance Response Team volunteer? Then join us for this session to receive the vital training you'll need to become a member of this important team. Volunteers will receive training and be eligible to travel with Islamic Relief USA when responding to domestic disasters. 
Please register at
During Saturday's training participants will receive training in (you can attend either or both):
-Shelter Fundamentals
-Emotional and Spiritual Care
Breakfast and lunch provided.

All courses and training classes are FREE to the public.
FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided.

***You must be at least 18-years old to participate.***

Afreen Asif honored by Cincinnati Enquirer at the "Women of the Year" Luncheon

Wednesday, April 13
12:00 to 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency, Cincinnati
It is with great pleasure to share  that Afreen Asif, chair of ICGC's Rahma Community Services Initiative was announced in the Cincinnati Enquirer as one of the Women of the Year. She will be recognized at the Women of the Year luncheon April 13th at noon to be held at the Cincinnati Hyatt downtown along with nine other women for being "forward-thinking women who makes Greater Cincinnati a special place to live, have been an integral part of civic life and working tirelessly for the betterment of others."
It would great pleasure if you were able to join the luncheon. 
Below is the link to the announcement:   

You may reserve the luncheon seats directly through the link or you may pay the Islamic Center and we will reserve a block of seats. The tickets are $45. Either way, please be sure to indicate in your reservation that you would like to be seated in support of Afreen Asif. 

Thank you again for your valued support and look forward to seeing you April 13th!  

Initiatives Fundraising Dinner
Saturday, April 23 
6:00 pm,  ICGC Gym

This is your Masjid and open for prayer and activities. It runs only with the help of YOUR donations, support and participation.

Join us as we share:
1. Progress on our different initiatives. The activities and success stories
2. How YOU can help Join different activities and volunteer 3-5 hours a month of your time to help. But like your home, the Masjid needs finances to run and we have no source of funding except through YOUR donations.
We are trying to raise funds for Initiatives, including  Rahma Community Services, Youth


There is an capacity limit for adults and children so be sure to RSVP as soon as you can before capacity is filled. Questions? 513-755-3280 or
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Youth Development Program - Sign Up!

We are pleased to announce a new initiative, the Youth Development Program (YDP). Our target audience is middle & high school boys and girls and the goal is to develop young men and women with an understanding of religion to incorporate into their everyday lives.
The program consists of Qur'anic education and sports activities. We are initially beginning with a bi-weekly overlapping time schedule, with the hopes of growing into a weekly consistent program. The sessions will be moderated by our new youth coordinator, Ahmad Saqr. 

To sign up...
Boys: March 13
M.S. 7-9 am
H.S. 9-11 am
High School:  CLICK HERE
Middle School:  CLICK HERE

Girls:  March 20
M.S. 7-9 am
H.S. 9-11 am
High School: CLICK HERE
Middle School: CLICK HERE
Beyond Civility: Implicit Bias
Implicit Bias:  Understanding how your biases may contradict your chosen values
Tuesday, April 12
Reception: 5:30-6:30
Program: 6:30-8:30
Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required

Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Join Beyond Civility as we present four prominent local leaders, along with Xavier University Professor Gabe Gottlieb, to explore the subject of Implicit Bias.

The panelists will describe their experiences taking the Harvard Implicit Association Tests to measure unconscious biases. Audience members will be invited to participate personally in this important and revealing exploration, and are urged to take one or more of the Harvard Implicit Association tests for free online at Project Implicit in advance of the program. 

Shakila Ahmad, president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Jonathan Cohen, dean of Hebrew Union College
Ozie Davis, executive director of the Avondale Comprehensive Community Center
John Pepper, former CEO and President of Procter and Gamble
Register to Vote


ESL & Job Assistance
2 ESL Upcoming Sessions
FREE ESL classes at the brand new Butler Tech Bioscience Center Campus Classes will be offered 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 pm-8 pm). Call (513) 512-5801 now to sign-up or e-mail

Are you looking for a job or a career change?
Our case manager is now accepting NEW CLIENTS!

Give us a call at 513-512-5801 or email at to schedule an appointment.
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
Article Links:

Seminar: One Abraham or Three? 


Local Muslim-Americans decry Trump's 'climate of hate'


An enlightening perspective on Muslim Americans and Catholic American experience published by Dan Hurley, historian and journalist. Dan shared this history during his remarks at the Islam Center's 20th Anniversary in November, 2015.