In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Center of Orange County,
Costa Mesa, California.
Junior Camp 2013 Concludes Successfully
On Sunday, June 16th, the 2013 Junior Summer Camp drew to a successful conclusion. Young campers aged ten through fourteen enjoyed outdoor activities and spiritual guidance from Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini. The main highlights of the camp were its many speakers, including Imam Al-Qazwini and Brother Robert Turfe, ziplining, nature hikes, and delicious halal meals. The Islamic Educational Center congratulates all of the campers and gives special thanks to the volunteers, organizers, and speakers. We are already looking forward to next year's camp!
The Islamic Educational Center of Orange County will be holding its annual Mid-Sha.ban celebration, celebrating the birth of Imam Mahdi (as), on Saturday, June 22nd. The program will begin at 6:30 PM and feature a lecture by Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini along with other presentations, concluding with prayers and dinner.
Imam Muhammad ibn Al-Hasan Al-Mahdi (as), also known as Imam Mahdi (as), is the twelfth and final infallible Imam according to the school of the Ahlul Bayt. Born in Samarra, Iraq in the year 255 AH (869 CE), he succeeded his father, Imam Hasan Al-Askari (as), the eleventh Imam, at the age of five. Imam Mahdi (as), went into major occultation (disappearance) in the year 329 AH (941 CE), where he remains to this day. It has been reported that the Prophet (pbuh&hf) once said, "I and `Ali are the fathers of this nation; whoever knows us very well also knows Allah, and whoever denies us also denies Allah, the Unique, the Mighty. And from `Ali's descendants are my grandsons Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn, who are the masters of the youths of Paradise, and from Al-Husayn's descendants shall be nine: whoever obeys them obeys me, and whoever disobeys them also disobeys me; the ninth among them is their Qa'im and Mahdi." It is believed that one day Imam Mahdi (as) will return from occultation and usher in an era of peace, prosperity, and justice on Earth.
With camp less than a month away, there is no better time to register! With our online system, registration has never been easier, and if you act now you can beat the June 21st deadline. Keep in mind: Once the camp is full, we will stop accepting registrations. Don't delay!
This year's camp will be at an all-new location, Camp Whispering Winds, in San Diego, featuring bigger and better facilities as well as an excellent outdoor experience. The camp will be held from Friday, June 28th to Monday, July 1st, 2013.