Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
News & Upcoming Events
February 26, 2016 Issue
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Welcome Team @ Juma' ah
Every Friday
If you are new or meet someone new to the community please have them to stop by the Welcome Table after Juma'ah to join the ICGC email list and to get some information about the Center. 
If your email address has changed you can also update it with us! 
INTAC Pennies for Patients
Friday, Feb 26 & March 4 
Collecting after 1st Juma'ah
Inside the Masjid

The International Academy students will be participating in a fundraising campaign for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) from February 8th - 26th. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and assisting families who are dealing with the many social, financial, and emotional issues that surround blood cancer and its treatment. Participating in this program has taught students the value and joy of helping others.

Each week students will participate in different activities that encourage donations. Recently, students asked if they could get the larger community involved in the wonderful act of giving. Therefore, each Friday during the fundraising campaign students will be at the Masjid after Jumah prayer collecting money for the fundraiser. EVERY PENNY COUNTS! Please look for students with white and yellow boxes. We appreciate your generosity!  
Register to Vote & Citizenship Application Assistance Day 2/27


Little Muslims Playgroup
Sunday, February 28 - 2:30pm, Community Center Classrooms

For children ages 2-6 years; moms attend with their child
Juma'a Times
1st Juma'a - 1:15 pm
Zeeshan Tayeb
2nd Juma'a - 3:10 pm
Ashraf Traboulsi  
Iqama Times
Fajr: 6:30 AM
Dhuhr: 1:15 PM
Asr: 4:30 PM
Maghrib: Sunset
Isha: 8:00 PM
Sunday Lunch Menu
February 28th
Adult Lunch - $5
Chicken Curry (Qorma)
* Vegetable Rice
* Dessert
* Tea Coffee/Soft Drinks

Kid Lunch - $2
Chicken Macaroni
* Chocolate Chip 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, February 26
5:30-8:30pm, Classroom B

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.
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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: February 28
M.S. 7-9 am
H.S. 9-11 am
High School: CLICK HERE
Middle School: CLICK HERE

Girls:  March 6
M.S. 7-9 am
H.S. 9-11 am
High School: CLICK HERE
Middle School:  CLICK  HERE
Training for the 
Disaster Assistance Response Team
Saturday, March 5
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.***

Open House Masjid Tour

Saturda y, March  5
Inside the Masjid
RSVP by Friday 3:00pm
Our Community is encouraged to invite neighbors or colleagues who may have questions about Islam. Please ask people to call or email the office by 1:00pm Friday 1/8 so we may accommodate everyone interested. 513-755-3280 or

ICGC Tours & Talks program: neighbors, houses of worship, schools of all levels and businesses invited to learn and build understanding. Contact us at or go to our website at to schedule a guided tour or speaker.  
Islamic Center hosted Cincinnati Mayor

ICGC was delighted to host Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley for observation of the Friday prayers last week followed by a Towne Hall style conversation with the community. Mayor Cranley spoke about how "America's success has been to such a great extent because of the immigrants to this country and as a politicians it's my obligation to stand up against hate rhetoric." The Mayor's remarks were followed by questions from the audience of over 200 Muslim Americans from Greater Cincinnati. 
Join us for High Tea/Coffee

Saturday, March 5
6:30-8:00 pm

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Women's SMART 2-hour Self-Defense Class
Presented by WCPD & Rahma Circle of Friends
Saturday, March 12 
2:30-4:30pm @ ICGC
A free self-defense class offered by the West Chester Police Department at ICGC... Awareness, being mentally prepared in the event you get attacked, and basic self-defense skills are touched on in this class. We will spend the 1st half talking about how not to get into a fight. The 2nd half will be fighting skills.
Presented by Officer Michelle Berling (and a male officer for demonstration oftechniques)

To sign up, please email by Friday March 4th. You must be 16 years or older to participate!
Please wear comfortable clothes. There is some striking in this class but the class is not overly rigorous. Feel free to sit out of any physical exercises and observe.
Dr. Foad presenting at Interfaith Event
Saturday, March 12
Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Rd
RSVP to Susie Myers

Islamic Insights with Dr. Baher Foad
Sunday, March 13
12:30 - 2:00 pm
ICGC Education Center, Mirror Hall
Topics discussed in this session will include...
Who is Muhammad? And what does he represent to Muslims? And misconceptions about Muhammad
Is Islam compatible with Western democracy?
What is Shari'a law? And does it apply to non-Muslims?
Fighting in Islam and Jihad
Islamophobia: what Christians and Muslims should do about it? The concept of Diversity in the Qur'an

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 "

ESL & Job Assistance
2 ESL Upcoming Sessions
Classes Begin Feb 16th & April 5th - Register Now! FREE ESL classes at the brand new Butler Tech Bioscience Center Campus Classes will be offered 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 pm-8 pm). Call (513) 512-5801 now to sign-up or e-mail

Are you looking for a job or a career change?
Our case manager is now accepting NEW CLIENTS!

Give us a call at 513-512-5801 or email at to schedule an appointment.
Feed Our Neighbors In Need

Sunday, March 20
Drop off of donations accepted on this day only

Results of the 2016 Quranic Recitation Competition
Mashallah 67 children participated in Quranic Recitation Competition this year. We had a great competition and children recited beautifully Mashallah. Congratulations to the students who participated and who placed in each group. 

Group A
First Place: Sarah Hayath
Second Place: Asiya Hingora
Third Place: Ibraheem Najeed
Fourth Place: Yasmin Fertikh

Group B
First Place: Mariam Azam
Second Place: Aiza Syed
Third Place: Aaliyah Hingora
Fourth Place: Esha Khawaja

Group C
First Place: Zain Badiger
Second Place: Mehek Bakali
Third Place: Ayesha Firdouse, Amreen Basha, Eman Chaudhry

Group D
First Place: Khadija Fatima & Hafiz Zaid Badiger
Second Place: Arhab Ahmad
Third Place: Qasim Chaudhry

Students who placed First, Second and Third place from Groups C and D will be representing ICGC Weekend School at the ANNUAL DAY QURANIC RECITATION COMPETITION, MAY 15th 2016

For any question, please contact Sr. Tilat Rizvi (513-256-5868, or Br. Gulame Asif (513-748-9424,

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

An enlightening perspective on Muslim Americans and Catholic American experience published by Dan Hurley, historian and journalist. Dan shared this history during his remarks at the Islam Center's 20th  Anniversary in November, 2015.