Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati's  News & Upcoming Events
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Free babysitting for Juma'ah this week
Free babysitting will be provided during BOTH Juma'ah khutbas on Friday, December 30 to accommodate the larger winter break crowd in the Masjid. Please bring your kids to the Community Center before attending khutba. 
Special Winter break updates 
The Islamic Center facilities will be closed on Sunday, January 1
Masjid will be open for all 5 Iqama salat timings (entrance gate locked promptly after ISHA).

Changes for classes and activities:
Weekend School - no classes Jan 1, classes resume Jan 8
New Muslim Class - no class Jan 1, classes resume Jan 8
Friday Senior Tea Social - no meetings until Jan 13
YDP Sundays - no morning meeting Jan 1, resumes with Boys on Jan 8
BDC - no meeting Jan 1, resumes on Jan 8
Karate - no classes until Jan 10
Quran Connections - On break, next session begins Jan 9
After Fajr Breakfast

Saturday, December 31
Immediately following Fajr in the Gym

Come for Fajr Salat at 7:00am 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 Mojibur Rahman  mojibur71@yahoo.com if you can help or have questions.
After Salat with Sheikh Hossam Musa
Riyad Us-Saliheen (weekly)
Wednesday, January 4
After ISHA inside the Masjid
Sheikh Hossam Musa present a collection of authentic hadith about Islamic manners and acts of worship, is being covered with a contemporary, practical approach to improve our connection to Allah (SWT) and others. 
ISHA Iqama is primptly at 7:30

Monthly Dinner & Seerah
Friday, January 6
After ISHA inside the Masjid
Ongoing session covering the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with Sheikh Hossam Musa. His approach encompasses the importance of understanding the Seerah in our lives, particularly to practicing Islam in America.

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ICGC's Spring Soccer Registration

ICGC's Soccer Spring session begins
March 2017
Boys 1st thru 12th grade - Register now!

Note, that we are not collecting payment at this time but just need a count by age to structure the program. You will need to make payment in February before registration is complete.
 
Also, we are looking to parents to help coach or volunteer. If you are able to, please check the options in the survey.
 
If you have more questions or need details, contact 
FREE ESL (English as a second language)
Classes begin January 9 - Register now!



FREE ESL classes at the brand new Butler Tech Bioscience Center Campus. Call Rahma Community Services 
513-512-5801 now to register for classes
Meet Your Neighbors

Saturday, January 14
Masjid Tour 1:00pm, followed by Coffee, Dessert and Discussion in the International Academy
Invite your colleagues, neighbors and friends to join us for a tour and refreshments for this opportunity for them to meet and get to know their Muslim neighbors. 
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Kids Quran Connections
6-week session begins on Monday, January 9
Jan 9-Feb 15
Class days are Monday & Wednesday (Friday is make up day) from  5:00-6:30pm.  $75 first child, $50 each additional child (Cash, Credit Card or check payable to IEC).

To register your child please b ring payment on the 1st day of class to Program Coordinators Nehad Omara or Hoda Elgamal and complete a registration form. Note: Payments must be received by 1st day of class.

Questions? Email  icgcquranconnection@gmail.com
ICGC Umrah with Sheikh Hossam Musa

March 25-April 2, 2017
or call: Gihan 1-212-725-2022 ext 102
Please share the news with your friends and family.
Deadline extended to January 17


Umrah Visa fee has been removed for all of those who have not performed Umrah in 1438H (Which is only during the past two months).

Click here to download the flyer

Your donations entrusted to the Islamic Center are greatly valued and handled with the best practices possible. Please take a moment to read this important year end announcement.

Important Notice for 2016 Contributors
Tax Receipts/Letters: To ensure deductibility of your contributions to the IEC (Islamic Educational Council) please do not file your 2016 income tax returns until you have received a written acknowledgement of your contributions. Insha'Allah these will be mailed out by the end of January.
 
If your address has changed, please notify the office immediately. If you are expecting a tax letter and do not receive one by February 3, please contact the Finance office at accounting@cincinnatiislamiccenter.org  with your full name and mailing address. 
 
This is a good opportunity for all of community members to donate to your Masjid. Your donation is tax deductible. All donations postmarked by December 31, 2016 can be claimed when you file your taxes in the new year. ICGC provides contributors with a letter of acknowledgement that serves as your 'receipt' for all year to date contributions. Please remember to wait for your letter before you file your taxes. Be sure to include your name and address with your donation so that we know who to send the donation letter to. If the address printed on your check is not up to date, you will need to make a note of that. For your convenience, you can  make your donation online and receive your 2016 tax deduction for donations made online by 11:59pm, December 31. 
 
Also, if your email addresses ever change, please be sure to let us know so that we can update our email list and pass that word on to your spouses as well. 

Important Notice about Your Membership
2016 Membership dues must be received or postmarked by 12/31/16. In-person payments must be made by 4:00 on 12/30/16. If you pay your dues through a monthly automatic deduction then disregard as your membership automatically renews year-to-year until you cancel in writing. However, please update your credit card on file if it expires. To ensure your membership does not lapse to avoid any disruption of member privileges, please get your check into the mail for payment of your membership dues postmarked by Friday, December 31. 
 
We highly encourage everyone to obtain and complete IEC membership. It is a very meaningful way to be an ongoing supporter of the Center, receive a number of benefits and be a part of the decision making at the Center through the elections. Information is available in the office or  Apply Online.

We sincerely thank you for your kind and generous support of this institution and pray that Allah swt (God Almighty) blesses you with much more in return.


Community Member's
Good News
 
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Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
KHUTEEB:
Sheikh Hossam Musa
 
2nd Juma'a - 3:00 pm
KHUTEEB:
Zohabe Bakali

On Fridays Asr is promptly at 3:45 pm

Iqama Times
Fajr: 7:00 AM
Dhuhr: 1:00 PM
Asr: 3:30 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 7:30 PM

Weekend School Sunday Schedule
No classes on January 1
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Local 12 Newsmakers featuring the Islamic Center President, Shakila Ahmad

In choosing the guests to appear on the December 25th broadcast of 12 Newsmakers, Dan Hurley, Producer and host, says, "I looked for people who were building something of value because they are willing to cross religious lines and find the strength that comes from the multicultural promise that is the American experiment."
 
Segment one features an interfaith married couple, Andy and Linda Berger. Andy is Jewish, but only embraced that as a religious identity after he and Linda were married in her Roman Catholic Church. They have taken classes about each others faith traditions and built a life in which both are active in their own congregations, Wise Temple and Nativity Parish. 
 
Segment two is designed to move beyond the personal level to the communal level. Dan Hurley wanted to "pair Shakila, whose life is a witness to a commitment to meet every person where they are, with Rev. Sharon Dittmar, a minister in the Unitarian-Universalist tradition." Sharon led her congregation (First Unitarian-Universalist) to embrace their history of racial discrimination and actively search for ways to heal those breaches. She has also been very involved in immigrant rights efforts in the last decade. 
Click to watch the complete broadcast 
Ongoing Activities
Please contact the 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.

ICGC YG
Youth Group Meeting
Friday, January 6
After 2nd khutba
Community Room

Family Fridays with Sheikh Hossam
Friday, January  6
After ISHA,  Masjid

MGTC
Girls Teen Club
Friday, January 6
6:00pm

Alzaharwat Girls Club
Saturday, January 21
3:00-6:00pm
Only for girls already pre-registered

YDP
Youth Development Program
No meeting Jan 1
Resumes with BOYS Jan 8
New Muslim's Group
No meeting Jan 1

BDC
Boys & Dads Club

Kids Quran Connections
Next session begins January 9

Men's Basketball
Monday & Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 pm, GYM

Karate
No classes until Jan 10  

Riyad Us-Saliheen with Sheikh Hossam Musa
Wednesdays
After ISHA,  Masjid

Math Tutoring
High school and middle school students every Sat. 

YDP fall sweatshirt line is now available to purchase! 
Hoodies are "fitted" so if you wear a large, X-Large might be best. 

These are designed to reflect Islamic concepts with a universal theme. Our goal is that not only YDP members purchase them, but everyone in the family buys one.  100% of proceeds supports YDP activities. Thank you for all of your support! Please order ASAP!

Store Rewards that Benefit Your Masjid
Kroger:  Re-enrollment is required every year so even if you have signed up before please remember to re-enroll! The Masjid benefited from 60 families being enrolled last year!

Amazon: ICGC is identified on these websites as "Islamic Educational Council"
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Islamic Center 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