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

May 17, 2017

21 Sha'ban 1438H

Newsletter Issue # 422

 
"Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what God has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason. ~ Qur'an 2:164

10 DAYS AWAY

Only 10 days until our blessed guest arrives.  Saturday, May 27th is the first day 
of the blessed month of Ramadan.

T o help you prepare, we have launched our  RAMADAN CENTRAL page on our website where you can find information on masajid workshops, events and more! Don't forget to Green your Ramadan this year and help the earth.

Another way to prepare for Ramadan, Spring Cleaning ! As the article suggests, Ramadan is a form of spiritual cleansing, what better way to start the month on a note of generosity by donating or giving what you can.

For those who do not partake in fasting, but would like to be respectful of your Muslim friends beliefs, here are a few tips.



69 YEARS LATER

This past Monday, May 15th, was the 69th anniversary of Al-Nakba. The Israeli Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948 effectively creating the State of Israel. Today, 69 years later, the State of Israel continues to deprive Palestinians of their rights to occupy their land.

Many Europeans had been immigrating to Palestine for decades and on November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly met to devise a plan for the partition of the State of Palestine. UN Resolution 181 divided Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state, with Jerusalem as an internationalized city.

'By the end of 2015, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) estimated that there were 12.37 million Palestinians living in the world. This means that since the Nakba of 1948, the Palestinian population worldwide has increased by eight-fold.

In 2015, the population distribution looked like this:
4.75 million in the State of Palestine (38.4% of the total Palestinian population in the world), 1.47 million in the Palestinian areas occupied by Israel in 1948 (11.9% of the total Palestinian population in the world), 5.46 million Palestinians in Arab countries (44.2% of the total Palestinian population in the world), and 685,000 Palestinians in foreign countries (5.5% of the total Palestinian population in the world).'

If you would like to help the citizens of occupied Palestine, please click here here, here  and  here . You can also learn to shift the narrative on Palestine. This Ramadan, don't forget to buy  occupation-free dates .


NEWS
 
Chapman University dedicated a Quran Cabinet i n its Fish Interfaith Center. Our Chairman, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, gave the opening prayer at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, May 16th.

The Islamic Society of Orange County will be hosting a Pre-Ramadan workshop this Friday, May 19th in Garden Grove.

The Islamic Center of Southern California is holding its Pre-Ramadan fundraising dinner in Pasadena this Saturday, May 20th. Click here for tickets.

The Islamic Institute of Orange County celebrates 25 years on Sunday, May 21st in Anaheim. Purchase your tickets here.

As Ramadan approaches we remind you to focus on healthy eating. Ancient  travelers on the Silk Road ate walnuts as a tasty and portable snack. Read more here on the health benefits of walnuts.

A recent Pew Research poll finds that public trust in the government remains near historic lows. This is not hard to believe as President Trump continues his "100 days of failure" as reported by the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Do you make at least $154,120 annually? If not, you may not be able to afford a home in Orange County. In comparison, nationally an income of $47,690 a year is sufficient to afford the average-priced home.


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

May 19
> Pre-Ramadan Workshop with Ust. Sikandar Paracha, in Garden Grove.
> Fitness of the Body and Soul, Ramadan Readiness, in Canoga Park.

May 20
> Pre-Ramadan Fundraising dinner for Islamic Center of Southern California, in Pasadena.

May 21
> Islamic Institute of Orange County's   25th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, in Anaheim.

May 26
> Ramadan in L.A., a social event to welcome the month of Ramadan.
> First night of Taraweeh Prayer, visit your local mosque.

May 27
> First day of Ramadan.
> Institute of Knowledge's annual Ramadan Fundraising Iftar, in Diamond Bar.

June 3
> Islamic Relief's Grand Iftar, in Garden Grove.

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


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