The Islamic Center of Reseda is lead by the Assembly Board Members with Committees and Subcommittees running the daily operations. Collectively, both the assembly and the committees strive to meet the standards needed to implement our vision to reach our mission. We are always open to integrate new volunteers into any of the committees. Please feel free to contact us anytime.
Committees and Subcommittees working to realize the goals of ICR
I. Programming Committee
A. Education Committee
This committee will serve to meet the religious needs of Muslims in conformity with Islamic beliefs based on the Qur’an and Sunnah. Knowledge is an absolutely illustrious and core concept in Islam. The fabric of prosperity for any community or society rests on the promulgation of authentic and comprehensive knowledge. The committee is to formulate an elaborate breadth of Islamic education for ICR. These programs should insha’Allah imbue Islamic literacy among ICR’s constituency. They are to encourage Muslims to learn and practice basic and higher-level knowledge of Islam. They are to facilitate: classes (by resident and visiting scholars), lectures, workshops, seminars, and khatirahs in such topics as: Qur’an, Sunnah, Seerah, Tafseer, Islamic history, Hadith, Usul ul-Fiqh, Aqeedah, Arabic studies etc. This committee will facilitate anything pertaining to Islamic education to the adults (college age and up).
B. Social Committee
Purpose is to bring the community together through fun and convivial events. Examples include: Eid activities, family nights, health/blood drives at ICR, civic engagement, fine arts classes (like calligraphy), picnics, fitness and sport tournaments, halal directories, job networking, drug awareness, social ills etc.
C. Women’s Committee
Purpose is to meet the Islamic and social needs of the women who attend ICR. Examples: Islamic resources for mothers, women’s fitness, lectures specifically for women, etc.
Arabic Studies Committee — Provide a proper learning environment where Basic Arabic is taught by a qualified teacher open for both Muslims and Non-Muslims alike.
II. Communication & Outreach Committee
This committee will focus on facilitating an expansive and convenient system for communications and establishing cohesiveness among ICR. They will facilitate the communication with the community through emails, newsletters etc. The website will be a primary focus of this committee; namely, handling its maintenance and updating it with announcements, resources, and drawing the utmost traffic. Creating a mailing list will be another focus of this group in order to ensure publicity and awareness about ICR’s activities. Multimedia will be a core responsibility for this group too through recording and uploading videos and audio files. Additionally, the groups will be responsible for physical and e-fliers. The ICR Board may allocate some funds upon the written request of the Chairperson of this committee for a task congruent to ICR’s vision.
Outreach/dawah is another fundamental pillar of this committee’s job description. They are responsible for coordinating dawah, community outreach programs, and respond to requests for Islamic literature and/or requests for Muslim representation at various civic and religious gatherings. It shall be responsible for activities specifically designed to spread the message of Islam through interfaith activities (both inviting to ICR as well as sending
delegations to outside events), new convert mentor system, ICR Open House, Masjid tours, and representing ICR through advocating a positive image of Islam to the community at large. This committee shall collaborate with other committees when needed in order to accomplish its tasks.
III. Youth & Weekend School Committee
Purpose is to facilitate activities for everyone younger than the college age. Examples: Weekly youth groups, inter-youth events, youth specific sports tournaments and social activities, mentorship, academic and social tutorship etc.
B. Weekend School
Purpose is to plan the structure of the Weekend School and establish its curriculum, standards, and objectives as well as facilitate all programs directly related to religious education and general macromanagement at the Weekend School.
This committee shall be responsible for all matters related to ICR’s finances including: bank account; accounting; management of donations; and fundraising efforts (elaborate organization of dinners etc). The committee must prepare annual operating budgets and revisions thereof. They must review and audit ICR’s financial reports and submit their findings or any discrepancies to the ICR Board. The breadth of work shall extend beyond donation box management as the committee must think of innovative ways to fundraise and even brainstorm the potential of establishing some sort of waqf for ICR. Their tasks shall also include reviewing and allocating budget proposals from the other committee’s proposed programs.
V. Operations & Facilities Management
This committee’s responsibility is to carefully maintain ICR’s physical upkeep. Their property management watches the day to day operations of ICR such as cleaning, maintenance and security. This entails watching over infrastructural components such as heating, water, lights/electricity etc. They are to carefully monitor the kitchen, parking lot, offices, and general prayer spaces and ensure that their supply and maintenance needs are met. Additionally they are to supervise the opening and closing of ICR’s gates and to offer security when needed. They are to oversee the safe, secure, and environmentally-sound operations and maintenance of ICR in a cost effective manner aimed at long-term preservation.
VI. Bureaucratic Responsibilities
A. The Chairperson of each committee shall report the progress of their work periodically to the ICR Board.
B. The Imam (Religious Director) shall be an advisor for all of these committees. The committees that deal with programming must have their speakers, curricula, and content approved by the Religious Director.
C. For communication purposes, the committees must have a generic ICR email address to maintain professionalism and ikhlas. For example: email@example.com not any personal email accounts. This will professionally communicate that ICR is putting on the event and not the individual sending the email. This also leaves room for leadership changes and all emails going in and out from there are kept in a historical record.
D. Each committee must physically meet twice a month to ensure adequate commitment and responsibility implementation. This meeting will be the primary space for executing their respective tasks. Each committee will have some independence when it comes to their own style and approach. This is where that (monitored) creativity will flourish among the youth volunteers.
E. There must be one meeting every 3 months with all the chairpersons, committee members, the Religious Director, and the ICR Board. The point of these meetings should be to keep all committee heads updated with ICR happenings, allow for constructive criticism of programs/events/services, identify and discuss community trends, and most importantly, if there is a community need—discuss and delegate to the appropriate committee. The setting will be semi-formal and a nice dinner will be provided. Each committee will present a PowerPoint on their activities/progress from the last 3 months as well as their plan for at least the next 3 months. This will really help in accountability, volunteer unity, and maintaining professionalism. The setting can also invite new potential volunteers so that they get an idea on how things operate at ICR.
F. After extensive commitment to the committees and demonstration of high caliber work ethic, the Chairpersons can go through the process of acquiring a seat on ICR Board.