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

June 7, 2017

12 Ramadan1438H

Newsletter Issue # 425

 
"The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it;...  Qur'an 2:185

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We thank Allah for blessing us with another Ramadan and pray for the best of blessings during this holy month of mercy and forgiveness. Ramadan is a month of goodwill, charity, and generosity towards all humanity. We invite you to continue your support and encourage you to think of Shura Council and its many programs this Ramadan.
 
Shura Council initiated and expanded upon several programs to meet these opportunities:
  • Muslim Speakers Network (MSN): Since July 2016, MSN has held numerous trainings to certify community members as MSN speakers and gave informative presentations on Islam to more than 4000 students at 32 different schools.
  • Young Inspirers (YI) Fellowship Program: The YI Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for young Muslim professionals to develop and strengthen their professional skill set in the areas of nonprofit organizations, masjid leadership, and in contributing to their communities. The following topics are set to be covered: conflict resolution, marketing, board development, strategic planning, legal issues, budget management, and more.
  • Prison Outreach Program (POP): Our first program, POP has doubled its service reach from 2016. This means even more Muslim inmates have benefited from your generous contributions and with 50 shahada so far this year we hope to grow this number further with your support.
Please consider one of the following options for your Ramadan giving. *
  • One-time donation of $1,000 or $500 for general operations
  • Monthly contribution of any size through automatic deduction, through your credit card or bank account.
  • Sponsor a presentation on Islam in a Public School ($200)
  • Sponsor a care package ($250) for a recently released new Muslim (Each package includes: a Quran, books on Islam, gift card for essential needs such as clothes, shoes, hygiene kit, bus/rail pass, etc.)
  • Donate your highly-appreciated stocks or other assets to Shura Council. Through this donation (1) you are not required to pay capital gains tax on the appreciated stock value, and (2) you are allowed to take a tax deduction on the appreciated value of the stocks.
As a community funded organization, we assure you that we maximize and utilize every donation we receive in serving and benefiting our local community.



PASSING OF DR. OMAR ALFI

A letter from the Islamic Center of Southern California on the passing of Dr. Omar Alfi:

To God we belong and to Him is our return
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Dear Family and Friends,

It is with a grief-stricken heart, and submission to God's will, that the Islamic Center of Southern California shares the news of the passing of our beloved leader, a pillar of our institution, Dr. Omar Alfi.  He was 89 years old.

With all that our soul can muster, we ask Allah to grant him the highest level of paradise, shower His choicest mercy upon him, bless him manifold times for his righteous deeds (and there are many), and give him relief, happiness, and bliss for all that he created, nurtured, guided, and did in this life.

We express our deepest thanks to Allah for giving our community such a guiding light, a multi-faceted believer for generations to emulate.

We ask Allah to shower His comfort upon the family members and community who grieve his departure, and envelop us all with His mercy in this time of difficulty.

Dr. Alfi was a father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, visionary, world-class geneticist, Muslim leader, civic leader, educator, dreamer, planner, inspirer, and so much more. 

He was the embodiment of dignity, grace, patience, humility, faith, kindness, gentility, strength, and optimism.

Dr. Alfi and his beloved wife Azmerelda, who he leaves behind, immigrated to the United States in 1970 from Egypt. Along with Mrs. Alfi, Dr. Alfi had a vision for the Muslim community and was methodical in translating it into reality through planning, hard work, sacrifice, and faith.

In the 1970's and 80's and beyond, they grew and elevated the Islamic Center of Southern California; in the 1990's they created the New Horizon school system, which now has four campuses and has graduated thousands of students; in the 2000's he created an Islamic law chair at UCLA law school, as well as co-founded Bayan Claremont, an Islamic institution of higher learning, affiliated with the Claremont School of Theology.

These are mere highlights, any one of which would serve as a historic accomplishment for a single lifetime. He did all this while enjoying professional success in founding and growing the world class "Genetics Institute" (later to be named "Alfigen"), and becoming a leader in the field of genetics research. 

Dr. Alfi was a renaissance man.  

He leaves behind a legacy of inspiration in our hearts, motivating us who remain to stand on his giant shoulders and take the movement forward.

May God guide us all as we strive only in His cause.

يَـٰٓأَيَّتُہَا ٱلنَّفۡسُ ٱلۡمُطۡمَٮِٕنَّةُ ٱرۡجِعِىٓ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً۬ مَّرۡضِيَّةً۬ فَٱدۡخُلِى فِى عِبَـٰادي وَٱدۡخُلِى جَنَّتِى

  O restful soul, return to God, pleased by your lord and well-pleasing to Him, join my special worshipers, and enter my heaven. (Quran 89:27-30)




NEWS
 
Shura Council is pleased to announce that CAPOC and the OC Food Bank have nominated the Islamic Society of Orange County for Outstanding Philanthropy Group.  The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Orange County Chapter annually bestows nine Outstanding Awards for Philanthropy to recognize individuals and organizations whose philanthropic achievements have made an impact on the Orange County Community. 

Hawaii becomes the first state to enact law that aligns with Paris climate agreement. California's governor, Jerry Brown, meets with China for the Under2 Clean Energy Forum, with a message, chart a path toward a clean energy future that differs from the one adopted by the United States.

Santa Ana's nearly-empty 512 bed, state of the art jail has an uncertain future since its termination of the City's contract with I.C.E.


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

June 9
> Seeking the Forgiveness of Allah, Qiyam in Westminster.

June 10
> Islamic Society of Orange County's Ramadan Fundraising Banquet, in Garden Grove.
> Islamic Center of Hawthorne holds it's Youth Qiyam for those 13 years and older.

June 17
> Humanitarian Day, Inland Empire with Sahaba Initiative.
> Hopeful Journey, Qiyam in Reseda.

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