In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim - In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful 

 Islamic Shura Council of So Cal

October 4, 2017 

14 Muharram 1439H

Newsletter Issue # 442

"And We placed within the earth firmly set mountains, lest it should shift with them, and We made therein [mountain] passes [as] roads that they might be guided." ~ Qur'an 21:31

NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS

Disasters, both natural and man-made, have been in the news recently. 

Many people living in Puerto Rico are still without power, running water, gasoline and food. Lest we forget that the residents of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens. If you would like to help your fellow U.S. citizens, click here, here and  here.

The worst mass-shooting in U.S. history has left dozens dead and hundreds injured. The shooter, who took his own life, has left law enforcement looking for a motive. Many question how one person could get so many firearms as well as why politicians send condolences when they receive money from gun lobbies, both good questions after a mass shooting.  Click here to learn what you can do to help. 

Mexico City experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake last month, killing nearly 200 people.  Learn how the City is rebuilding and donate here  or here to help.

Thursday, October 19th is the Great California Shake Out an annual earthquake preparedness drill. California is 'earthquake country', learn how you or your organization can participate.  Also, use these valuable resources to help be prepared in the event of a local earthquake.


ISLAM AT HOME AND WORLDWIDE
 
According to a recent study, one-fifth of the world's nations ranks Islam as its most common faith.  The study's lead researcher, said that her team found a "stronger relationship" between government actions restricting religion and whether the country has an official state religion. The U.S. constitution's first amendment guarantees us the freedom of religion.

How the U.S. government has responded to 'Political Islam' has changed throughout the last century. At times the U.S.  supports one group then later on is against the same group. This is the subject of a new book on the nuances of understanding Islam in the world today



NEWS
 
Open Mosque Day is Sunday, October 29th. We encourage you to invite your friends, colleagues and neighbors to a local participating Mosque to learn more about Islam and Muslims. For more info, click here.

Would you like to become a certified speaker?  FREE training will be held on Saturday,  October 7th in Hawthorne .

CAIR-LA will be hosting its Bridging Communities, a groundbreaking program in activism, social justice, and solidarity-building that provides invaluable leadership training to youth of color. This year, the program will be a collaboration between the Muslim and Latinx communities. The program seeks to engage high school students, college students, and community leaders in a series of three Saturday sessions on: 10/21, 11/11, and 12/2 Application deadline extended to Sunday, October 8th. The application can be found here: http://bit.ly/bc-mlc.

This week the Nobel Prizes will be handed out in six categories. Click here to learn some quick facts.

Los Angeles has made the list of potential venues for the 2026 World Cup.

This op-ed examines the question, has modest fashion gone mainstream?



EVENTS
 
The Shura Council calendar offers many community events. We have compiled a select few for your convenience.

Oct 6
> Know Your Rights workshop, in Los Angeles
> The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge, in Fullerton

Oct 7
> Free Speaker training, in Hawthorne
> Positive, Practical Parenting, in Diamond Bar

Oct 14
> Rumi and Divine Love, in Fullerton

Oct 15
No Muslim Ban Ever Rally, in Los Angeles
> IIOC Annual Picnic, in East Anaheim

Oct 21
> Sahaba Initiative's Annual Benefit Dinner, in Riverside
> Beacon of Light celebration, in Costa Mesa

For all upcoming events, click here. To add your upcoming event to our calendar, 
please click here.

 


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The Islamic Shura Council is an umbrella organization of Mosques and Muslim organizations serving the Muslims of Southern California. Since 1995,  the Council continues to foster the spirit and culture of "working together" at all levels in one of the most diverse and largest Muslim populations in the country.