Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
News & Upcoming Events
April 8, 2016 Issue
Website   |   Prayer Calendar   |   ICGC Membership   |   Donate
Youth Bake Sale
Friday, April 8
After 2nd juma'ah outside Masjid
Please bring some cash and buy some yummy treats to support our Youth Initiative!

Circle of Friends Ladies Social
Nutrition & Health with Shamila Ahmad

Saturday, April 9 
Community Lecture Room
What to eat what not  to eat? That's the question! 

Let us help you a little by having this one on one session with dietitian/nutritionist Shamila Ahmad. Shamila Ahmad RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian/nutritionist who has recently started a coaching business. Previously, she worked in dialysis and renal failure. 
She completed her dietetic internship at Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas. She understands the struggle with weight loss and health maintenance based on her own struggles. 
She works in general health and wellness but is also trained to consult on any medical diagnosis.

We hope to see you all there! Light (hopefully healthy) refreshments will be offered.
Weekend Islamic School Quiz
April 10
After Dhuhr in the Assigned Classrooms
Students who took the written test on march 20 will participate in the Quiz Team Competition.

Starter 1 - 3 Classes
Elementary 1 - 3 Classes
Results Below
Junior/Senior 1 - 3 Classes (Boys and Girls)
April 10th

2016 Weekend School Scholarships

1) National Merit Scholars:
Weekend Islamic school will be recognizing National Merit Scholars which will be sponsored by Sr Sadiqa and Dr. Sheikh Abdur Rahman. If any student who is a Senior in High School and has received the confirmation of being a finalist for National Merit scholar, or has 35/36 in ACT, please contact Tilat Rizvi (, 513-256-5868) Or Gulame Asif (, 748-9424) as soon as possible.
2) High School Scholarships (only for Weekend Islamic School students):
Weekend Islamic School ICGC will be offering scholarships for 2 High school seniors who either graduated or graduating this year from weekend school ($500 each). This scholarship is based on their performance over the years in the weekend Islamic school, in regular high school and their contribution towards the community services at large and the leadership role they have played in the school.  Please contact Tilat Rizvi (, 513-256-5868) Or Gulame Asif (, 748-9424) as soon as possible.
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.***

Circle of Friends Men's Social

Sunday, April 10 
Fire Pit behind parking lot or Community Lecture Room
Topic:  Men's Social and Bonfire (weather permitting)

Juma'a Times

1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Ashraf Traboulsi
2nd Juma'a - 3:30 pm
Haroon Chaudhry  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 6:15 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 5:45 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 9:40 PM
Sunday Lunch Menu
APRIL 10th
Adult Lunch - $5
 Shrimp Biryani
(if seafood allergy: chicken alternative available)
* Raita
* Samosa
* Dessert
* Tea/Coffee/Drinks

Kid Lunch - $2
* Chicken Nuggets
* Chips

* Cookie
* 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

Girls Teen Club
Friday, April 8
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 "

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

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

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 Update: This event is full. Any additional registrants will be wait listed for cancellations.
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 Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Jonathan Cohen, dean of Hebrew Union College
Ozie Davis, director Avondale Comprehensive Community Center
John Pepper, former CEO and President of Procter and Gamble
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

"Autism is not a disability. It's a different ability."   (Stuart Duncan)

"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.
(Dr. Ivar Lovaas)

"Children with Autism are very observant, so they will notice everything, including your attitude toward them.
(Trevor Pacelli)

"I am a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker, my brain is like Google Images."  
(Temple Grandin)
From Fear to Freedom: Confronting Islamophobia @ Freedom Center
In Partnership with the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Wednesday, April 13 
7:00-9:00 pm
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

An exaggerated fear, hatred and hostility toward Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from social, political and civic life. Islamophobia existed before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but it has increased in frequency and notoriety throughout the past decade. Through various research vehicles and global polling efforts, Gallup has collected a wealth of data detailing public opinion about various aspects of respect, treatment and tolerance relative to Muslims worldwide. Moderated by Dr. James Buchanan with the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University, this community conversation will explore the fear and prejudice against the religion of Islam while working to shape a more inclusive society.

Dr. Amina Darwish, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Anas B. Malik, Xavier University
Dr. Baher Foad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Imam Ilyas Nashid, Cincinnati Islamic Center
Dr. Saba Chughtai, Muslim Mothers Against Violence
Moderated by Dr. James Buchanan, Xavier University
Closing Remarks by Shakila T Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
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: April 10
M.S. 7-9 am
H.S. 9-11 am
High School:  CLICK HERE
Middle School:  CLICK HERE

Girls:  April 17
M.S. 7-9 am
H.S. 9-11 am
High School: CLICK HERE
Middle School: CLICK HERE

Social Media: An Islamic Perspective
Friday, April 22
8:00-10:00pm, Mirror Hall, Education Building

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.

Initiatives Fundraising Dinner
Saturday, April 23 
6:00 pm,  ICGC Gym
Seating is limited. When capacity is reached, no more rsvp's will be accepted so get yours in now!

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
Register to Vote


Paid Advertisement   - want advertise you business? Email
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: