Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
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April 22, 2016 Issue
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Friday, April 22
8:00-10:00pm, Mirror Hall, Education Building

Xavier Seeking Muslim Chaplain

Xavier University is seeking a Muslim Chaplain to serve as an affiliated minister with the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ). This 12-month position has a start date of July 12, 2016

To ensure consideration, interested/qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references on Xavier University's website.
National Muslim Soup Kitchen Day
ICGC's Rahma Community Service initiative  will be participating in National Muslim Soup Kitchen Day
Saturday, April 30
Please sign up to make menu items by April 22
Participation Details are listed below.

Please email by April 22nd . Please include "NMSK" in subject line include along with the following:
  • Name of the dish you will prepare (details below.)
  • Specify if you would like to volunteer to serve food at the shelter on April 30th at ICGC . (Volunteers can be Ages 10 +)
  • Deliver the assigned food by 4:00 on April 30
Food items requested
Please prepare one large foil tray of the dished specified below. We need 20 trays and 12 volunteers (any age) to help on April 30 th.
  • Premade Caesar's salad (Store brand or Kraft - two bags per tray)
  • Baked chicken with mild spices:  Click for Recipe
  • Bow tie veggie pasta (replace chicken with bell pepper or other veggie): Click for Recipe
  • Breads/burger buns
  • Chocolate or white cake
ICGC Youth Group FUN DAY

Saturday, April 23
Pine Hill Lakes Park
211 Kings Mills Road,  Mason, OH 45040
Join us at Pine Hill Park from 1-5 pm for a Fun Day. We will have some ice breakers and then later have a powder fight. The cost will be $3/person and it is for people 8th grade and up. Food will be provided. 
Be sure to bring a white shirt!
Initiatives Fundraising Dinner
Saturday, April 23 
6: 00 pm,  ICGC Gym
This dinner is filled to capacity. No more reservations are being accepted. Please join us for the 27th Night Community Appreciation & Fundraising Iftar on July 1st 
Questions? 513-755-3280 or
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...
Boys: April 24
Middle School 7:00-9:00 AM  Register Here
High School 9:00-11:00 AM  Register Here
Girls:  May 1
Middle School 7:00-9:00 AM  Register Here
High School 9:00-11:00 AM   Register Here
LEGO Robotics for Ages 7-14
Saturdays & Sundays from 
June 11 - 26
Community Center, inside designated classrooms
Registration Deadline is May 14
Limit is 25 kids so register NOW!
CLICK HERE to download the flyer (don't forget to tell your friends!

Questions? Contact Zafar Khaja at 818-395-1600 or

To register: PAY the office either by phone (credit card) or in person (check, cash, card) between 8:30am-4:00pm
Registration Deadline is May 14!
Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Amr Wafa
2nd Juma'a - 3:30 pm
Omar Usman  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 6:15 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 5:45 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 9:50 PM
Sunday Lunch Menu
APRIL 24th
Adult Lunch - $5
 Chicken Curry
* Vegetable Rice
* Salad
* Dessert
* Tea/Coffee/Drinks

Kid Lunch - $2
* 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, April 22
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.
Donate Today
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 "    $13
"Understanding the New Testament in the Context of the Quran "    $20
"The Qur'an: Its message, contents and concepts "    $20
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.
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
Matrimonial Event @ Clifton Mosque

Saturday, April 30
3668 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
RSVP by April 25 at
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
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
$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.
Weekend School National Merit Scholars & ACT 

Recognition of National Merit Scholars and students with outstanding ACT Score
Sunday, May 8
Immediately after Dhuhur prayer in the Community Center Gym

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.
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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  
From Fear to Freedom - Event Update

A few media updates regarding April 13th program:

Shakila Ahmad and Dr. Battle were interviewed for Newsmakers with Dan Hurley last Friday. The segment aired April 10th on Local 12. CLICK HERE to watch the interview. CLICK HERE to listen to audio of the interview.

Shakila Ahmad and Dr Battle were interviewed on Fox19 Monday morning as well. CLICK HERE to watch their interview with Kara Sewell.

Monday afternoon tune in to 91.7 WVXU (1:30 p.m.) as Dr. Battle, Shakila Ahmad and Dr. James Buchanan discuss Confronting Islamophobia on Cincinnati Edition. CLICK HERE to learn more.

To learn more about From Fear to Freedom: Confronting Islamophobia CLICK HERE.
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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