Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati's News & Upcoming Events
June 30, 2017 Issue    Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View on Instagram

Offices and Facilities are Closed on Tuesday, July 4
(Masjid will be open during Iqama times only)
Take Action Against Hate

In the current climate of increased hate crimes and hateful rhetoric across our country, we encourage our community members to sign on and send a letter to their Congressional representative through the following link. This is a joint call for increase in vigilance, reporting and follow up regarding hate crimes across our country which is initiated by the national Muslim Jewish Advisory Council on which the ICGC president serves.

ICGC Girls Soccer
ICGC GIRLS SOCCER (grades 3-5)
Registration ends soon!
We will be starting a girls soccer program in the fall for girls in grades 3 - 5. They will practice twice a week (Wed from 6:30 - 7:30 and Sun from 4 - 5 pm).Coach will be Natasha Mozawalla. 

Please register at the link below and make payments by dropping off the check at the office or mailing it to 8092 Plantation Drive, West Chester, OH 45069
Only those who have registered and paid will be included in the program. Space is limited so it is first come, first basis. Registration is open till end of June.
Know Your Neighbor

Saturday, July 8
Please RSVP by July 7 with name and number attending to
Kids Summer Camps

July 10-13
Pottery Camp will take place from Mon - Thu (Jul 10 - 13) from 11:00am - 1:30pm where kids will do pottery projects. Space is limited to the first 20 who register with payment made. To register email is The cost is $90 per child.

July 31-Aug 3
Kids for Peace is a 4-day camp, targeting 6 & 7th graders. It will be July 31-Aug 3. Kids will spend a whole day at each of the 3 participating places of worship. First day, July 31st will be at our masjid. This is our second year of ICGC hosting the camp and your participating is important.
Details and registration at K4P.ORG/SUMMER2017
Join Imam Hossam Musa on a Journey of a Lifetime!

To Register or for more info: 
Sr. Gihan 1-212-725-2022 ext. 102
Self Defense for Sisters
Saturday, July 22
11:00am,  GYM
To register: Email
Great Education Resources

Our website has a lot of material that will help your learning and education. Many of Dr. Foad's lectures and presentation are online. Please visit:
Opportunity for Muslim-Catholic Dialogue

For more information, contact Catholic Social Action at 513-421-3131 ext. 2660 or
Are you looking for a new job?

Rahma Community Services is looking to fill a variety of open positions through its employer partner organizations ASAP 

Call 513-512-5801 today!

PS: We also have some free forklift training opportunities. 
Call us to find out if you qualify.

Now Hiring Friday Traffic Helper

We are seeking a reliable person to help direct cars at juma'ah on Fridays. The person needs to be available nonstop from 1:15-2:30pm.
Applicants must be...
  • Age 18 or more
  • Reliable, Assertive & Mild Tempered
  • Able to stand, move quickly and remain outdoors in all weather for an hour
  • Appropriately dressed for weather and no shorts or sleeveless tops
Please email  
Are you interested in creating real change in your community? We need YOU!
Would you like to get more involved at your Masjid? Are you looking for a way to connect with and help the community? Do you have valuable skills and perspectives that could benefit your Masjid?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, consider responding to the ICGC Call for Volunteers. Whether you can contribute 1 hour or 100, we need you on our team. Click on the link below to sign up as a volunteer to receive emails in the future, when help is needed. 

CLICK HERE to see where you are needed and to sign up!
Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Dr. Ashraf Traboulsi
2nd Juma'a - 3:30 
Zain Siddiqui

Meet the Board
@ Juma'ah!
Friday, July 7 
On the first Friday of each month, a Board member will be present at the Welcome Table at Juma'ah to meet/greet the community.  Please stop by with any comments or questions. 

Iqama Times
Fajr: 5:00 AM
Dhuhr: 2:00 PM
Asr: 6:00 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 10:45 PM

Imam Contact & Hours
Imam, Sheikh Hossam Musa, is generally available between Maghreb and Isha on his working days as well as to schedule an appointment by contacting him at
or 513-724-IMAM (4626)
Or Donate ANY day in the Masjid!
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.

Friday Senior Tea
Fridays after 1st Juma'ah
Community Room

Youth Group Meeting
Friday, July 7
After 2nd khutba
Community Room

Girls Teen Club
On Summer Break

Alzaharwat Girls Club
On Summer Break

Adult Soccer Pickup Games
Saturdays,  6:00pm
Outdoor Athletic Field

Youth Development Program
Resumes after Ramadan
New Muslim's Group
Sundays 12:30pm, Mirror Hall classroom

Ladies Tajweed Class
Sundays 3:00-4:30pm, Community Center classroom

Boys & Dads Club

Kids Quran Connections
On Summer Break

Men's Basketball
Mondays & Wednesdays
No basketball on July 10 & 12
6:30 - 8:30 pm, GYM

Ladies Quran
Resumes July 18
Tuesdays, 8:30am
Community Room

Resumes July 11
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:00-8:00pm, GYM

Ladies Fitness Class
On break

Riyad Us-Saliheen with Sheikh Hossam
After Maghreb,  Masjid

Math Tutoring
High school and middle school students every Sat. 

Four new books by respected Scholar & ICGC Board Member, Dr. Baher Foad

Islam is a religion of logic
Th e Qur'an encourages us to think, reflect and ask questions, because faith based on knowledge and proper understanding is sound faith that can withstand tests and trials. We are tested and tried in our lives by God to examine our faith: we can patiently persevere and turn to God seeking his help and guidance, or we can reject faith in God, give up and despair. We have a free choice to make, hence we are responsible and accountable.
It is up to us to understand God's message and how to apply it in our life. Some adhere to the literal word, while others take into consideration the society they live in and apply God's orders accordingly. We need to listen to different interpretations and different points of view since collective opinions are more correct than the opinion of one individual.
The Qur'an revealed more than 1400 years ago outlined the guidelines of justice, freedom and accountability that are the foundations of the American constitution. Islam is viable and applicable in America and Europe, and there is no clash between Islam and Western democracy.

Understanding the Seerah in the context of the Qur'an
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) lived 15 centuries ago in a culture and environment that differs from ours today. How he reacted to events at his time, and how he solved problems constitutes his Seerah or life story. It is important to understand the Seerah in historical context, as well as in the context of the Qur'an. The Qur'an and the life story of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are intricately related. This way the lessons that we learn from his life story, example and his sayings can guide us today and in the future.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is an example to follow in his morals and noble character. He was kind, caring, forgiving, merciful, just, humble and wise. He was known for being truthful and trust-worthy. His people resisted his message of social justice because of political and economic reasons. Despite the difficulties that he faced, he patiently persevered and never lost hope in God.
The Prophet established the mosque as the focal point of activity, and made a bond of brotherhood between the immigrants and the Ansars (allies). He established a covenant of peaceful coexistence and cooperation between the Muslims and Jews of Madinah, in which the life, property of all and their religious freedom was safeguarded. The Qur'an provides guidelines regarding the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, based on kindness and justice, and talking to each other and working together, and respecting their right to their faith and tradition, and not forcing anyone to Islam against their will.
It is our duty as Muslims in America to explain the noble character and life story of the Prophet (PBUH), and correct misconceptions about him and the Qur'an. This way we can guide to the truth, and let others judge for themselves the authenticity of the Qur'an and what we learn from God's messenger.

Understanding the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in the context of the Qur'an
This book was written so that Muslims may understand the basic concepts in the Torah and how it relates to the Qur'an, and discover many similarities without minimizing differences. It also allows Jews reading this book to understand the Qur'anic point of view regarding the Children of Israel and their efforts and struggles. The Qur'an gives us guidelines that govern the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims. This book also discusses some of the misconceptions about Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and how to clear these misconceptions.

Noble Character volume three
This books follows in the tradition of the first two volumes and describes how we apply our faith in our character & behavior. The importance of being active and productive and doing our work to the best of our ability is illustrated with verses from the Qur'an and Sunnah. Resolving differences and improving the relationship between people is one of the goals of people of faith. A righteous person does not hate or envy other people, rather he/she is kind, loving and just. Proper understanding of religion and wisdom is a blessing from God. It is our duty to spread useful knowledge. Diversity is willed by Allah so that we can listen to different points of view and learn from one another. Giving sincere advice is part of faith and should be done in a kind caring manner. Muslims have rights over other Muslims.
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"
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

Tariq Rehman wrote a blog post about public relations, particularly the branch of community relations, as it pertains to our Muslim community in Cincinnati. It is on the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Cincinnati Chapter's "PR Visions" blog.  Hope you enjoy the posting, "like" it, and InshaAllah share any feedback you may have.
The Search for Community Relations by Tariq Rehman

Salam and blessings to all of you for your support at the June Know Your Neighbors event. Many of you contributed to helping get through the day without incident, with positive support and over 100 people who are much better informed and many more standing along out side. Related articles: