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Islamic Cultural Association
Your family’s second home...
Volume 1—March 2014
*Congratulations to Noorah Mosselmani and Ammar
Sukari on the birth of their son, Omar
*Congratulations to Loubna Hatahet and Ammar
Hatahet on the birth of their daughter, Layla
*Congratulations to Hanadi Drak Sibai and Malaz Atassi
on the birth of their son, Hakam
Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming ICA events for the month of March and April
*Our Annual Banquet will be on Sunday March 16th at the NEW home of
the ICA! Please join us and see the beautiful facilities and help us build
the future center for our children!
*The ICA is hosting a Mother Daughter Banquet on Friday March 21st at
the Farmington Hills Manor, for all girls 8 and up.
*Bring a dish for our potluck on April 4th
*Drop off your kids for Kids Night Out on Apr 18th and go out for fun!
*Join our wonderful Sunday Brunch on April 20th
For tickets to any of these events or for more information please contact Issam Maaz (330)
224-1296 or Rai Kafri (248)568-2839
Hadith of the Month
Abu Huraira reported Allah's messenger
“Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the
gravest lie in talk and do not be inquisitive about one another and do not spy
upon one another and do not feel envy
with the other, and nurse no malice, and
nurse no aversion and hostility against
one another. And be fellow-brothers and
servants of Allah.”
ِ َّ أَنَّ َرسُو َل،َعنْ أَبِي ه َُر ْي َرة
صلى هللا عليه وسلم قَا َل " إِيَّاكُ ْم
َّ ظنَّ فَ ِإنَّ ال
ِ ب ا ْل َحدِي
ُ َظنَّ أ َ ْكذ
َّ سسُوا َوالَ ت َ َج
َّ َوالَ ت َ َح
َسد ُوا َوال
َ تَنَافَسُوا َوال َ ت َ َحا
غضُوا َوال َ تَدَابَ ُروا َوكُونُوا
" اَّلل ِإ ْخ َوانًا
ِ َّ َِع َباد
MCC Project Update & Fundraising
For over 5 years the ICA was searching for its new home. A place where
our youth can flourish, a place for our Eid prayers and activities, a place to
worship and to socialize, to give back to the community and a place to call a
By the grace of Allah and the hard work of our community leaders, we
found that place and, with the general body decision, agreed to purchase
the property on 12 Mile and Drake Road. Within just a few weeks,
we received the certificate of occupancy, alhamdulilah! This 26 acre lot,
along with the accompanying existing building, can be everything we ever
dreamed of -- and more! With new carpet coming soon, we can be praying
in the prayer hall by next week. With the purchase of a few items, we can
have our monthly brunches, dinners, Eid prayer, potlucks, and so on, in the
building! The classrooms are a great place for the youth to congregate and
just relax in a safe and Islamic environment. The huge land has the potential
to support our growing community for decades!! And with some of your
investment, we can build the gym of our dreams!! Within a year, we can
have the property we and our children deserve!
We call on you, our esteemed community members, to come and see the
new, beautiful facility for yourself,... come have dinner with us, ... come
learn about the project,... come with any questions or concerns you may
have, ... and be a part of this wonderful project, which our children will enjoy for years, inshallah. Please join us on March 16th at the new building
and come share in the excitement! Bring your friends and family and support this great endeavor. May Allah reward for all your dedication and hard
By: Reyad Jawech
On Saturday February 22 2014, MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) visited Zaman International to help pack and deliver goods to a storage unit where they will be
delivered to people in need. The MYNA greatly helped Zaman by constructing a few
shelves and packing boxes into a truck where they were unpacked into a storage unit
so they can be delivered to women and children in need. Personally, the best part for
me was knowing that this was for the sake of Allah (S) and that I am greatly benefiting the women and children who need these items to live. This was a great way for us
to join together as a whole and help get the job done as a team. I think I can speak
for all of MYNA when I say that we had a GREAT time and that I am looking forward
to doing this again soon Inshallah!
By: Wehbe Alzohaili
What is my favorite part of the Franklin youth program? Although the sports and
games can be entertaining and the field trips are great; there is something better. The
constant discussion of Islamic knowledge and sharing of hadiths, lectures and sayings that we enjoy may seem like the selling point, but there is something better. The
food is amazing, but there is a part of the program that is better. The greatest part of
the youth program for me and for most of the people involved is the ability to interact
with other Muslim friends in a free environment. The friendships made at MYNA and
Youth are permanent as they are forged with the strongest glue: Islam. No other program fosters the amount of brotherhood that I have seen in MYNA and Youth. I love
how the counselors are always supportive and are always ready to help you with any
of your problems. I also enjoy how your Muslim brothers are ready to help you as well
if the need arises. The Franklin youth program makes kids comfortable and helps to
strengthen their sense of unity, taqwa, and brotherhood.
By: Amira Badr
The MYNA girls of Franklin, Michigan is more than just a girl’s youth group, we are a
sisterhood of girls working together for the betterment of ourselves and our community. During the school year, every Saturday, we come together from 4-8pm. We pride
ourselves on balancing hard work with fun and faith. We begin every meeting with
prayer and a discussion given by a member of MYNA on subjects that as young Muslim girls, we can relate to. From there, we leave to work on service projects or to
begin planning our current event.
The most important aspect of MYNA is that it brings the youth closer to their faith. We
have halaqas, quiyams and attend youth lectures with our brothers and sisters in Flint
and Dearborn. In the past years we have performed volunteer work, but in the current
2013-2014 year we have performed more service work than ever before. We have
worked with Zaman International, Sunrise Senior Living Center, Habitat for Humanity
and have helped with Syrian civilian relief. As adolescents, we never forget when we
need to have fun. We often go bowling, roller skating, ice skating downtown, have
movie nights and potluck brunches. Our year is always finished off with a huge graduation celebration for our seniors whose MYNA days are coming to a close.
The MYNA girls of Franklin, Michigan would be nothing without the dozens of women
who make up this group. “I’ve never seen such a great group of girls who all love
each other for the sake of Allah SWT and do whatever they can to better themselves
and I’m honored to be their counselor,” says co-counselor Ghadir Katato, age 23.
This branch of MYNA stays organized with the help of our coordinator Razan Asbahi,
our counselors Ghadir Katato and Amaal Haimout, and our board members. Year
after year in MYNA, we simply desire to make a change in the world, the community
and within ourselves alongside our sisters in faith.
ICA Youth Director Suleiman
Salem with the youth
March Prayer Times
No one can deny the severity of the health crisis in our country. Over a third
of Americans are considered overweight and unless measures are taken to
counter, it seems this number will only rise. Childhood obesity is one of the
greatest predictors of whether or not a person is overweight as an adult. So it
only makes sense that if we encourage healthy habits in our children, our
country will be healthier for it.
This spotlight will highlight the 5210 Rules and Guidelines for raising healthconscious children. Today we will talk about the 5 Rule.
The Rule of 5 stresses the importance of eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables
per day. For children, a serving is about the size of their cute palms. An adult
serving is more like the size of a tennis ball. To try a new fruit or veggie, take
three bites of it each time, and try it in different ways—it can take up to 10
tries before you like a new food! Dip in low fat dressing, top on yogurt, or
make into a smoothie! You can also add the fruit or veggie to foods you already like, such as pasta, soups, pizza, rice, etc. Juice consumption, however,
should NOT be encouraged! If your child likes juice, slowly dilute the juice
with water. Children 1-6 years old should not have more than 4-6 ounces of
juice, and 7-18 years no more than 8-12.
Exciting news in your family that you’d
like to share? Pictures of community
events that we could have? Would you like
to write an article for the newsletter?