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Expected Date of 
Eidul Adha 

Eidul Adha 1438 is expected on Friday, September 1, 2017. The date will be announced as soon as the Hajj authorities announce the day of 'Arafah.

1st day of Dhul Hijjah 1438 is expected to be Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

The day of Arafah - the main day of Hajj - is expected to be on Thursday, August 31, 2017, and so the Eidul Adha 1438 is expected on Friday, September 1, 2017.

We at the Islamic Society of Greater follow ISNA for Ramadan and Eid dates who in turn are guided by the Fiqh Council of North America

ISNA follows astronomical calculations for determining Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr dates. 

For Eidul Adha, ISNA will announce the date of Eidul Adha as soon as the Hajj authorities in Makkah announce the day of 'Arafah. Eidul Adha will be on the day following the day of Arafah.



Friday Khutba and Halaqah | August 18
Sheikh Alaeddin Albakri

The Friday khutba and evening lecture will be delivered by a guest speaker Sheikh Alweddin Albakri. Imam Al-Bakri will also bring awareness about the projects being done by a relief organization Ihsan foundation and raise funds towards their projects.

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Dar-Al-Quran New Semester August 12, 2017

Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran 

Payment is due on the first day of class Aug 12, 2017

Registration is now open - Deadline: Saturday, Aug 12

Class commences- Aug 12
Registration forms are available in the office or can be submitted online by clicking here and following up with payment in person later. 

Fee is $50 per semester per student. 
Late Registration Fee - Additional $10 after Aug 12


 
Arabic Classes to commence week of August 27
Registration ends Aug 20
at the Islamic Center
Register online: http://tinyurl.com/ya5hxbyj

Arabic Reading & Writing Semester 1: Thursdays, 6-7 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Semester 3: Monday 6 - 7 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 1 | Semester 1 : Wed. 6 - 7:30 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 1 | Semester 3 : Sunday 2:30 - 4 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 1 | Semester 4 : Sunday 12 - 2 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 2 | Semester 2: Monday 7 - 8:30 PM 

Grammar Students must be able to read and write first.
The classes sessions will be adjusted with prayer times when necessary.
  
Teachers and Aides: Imam Sohail, Sumaira Sultana, Collin Lotus, Nurul Ahmad and Sajida Ahmed 
Semester Fee: $50/student. Please pay on or before the first day of class
Venue: Islamic Center of East Lansing



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Youth Islamic Studies Classes to commence week of August 27
Click here to register

The Youth Islamic Studies classes will start on 
Sunday, August 27th for ages 13 and up and 
Tuesday, August 29th for ages 8 - 12! 

Students ages 8 - 12 will be covering the textbook "We Are Muslims" Chapters 20 - 25. 
Click here to purchase the book.

Students ages 13+ will be covering the seerah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the Medina era. No book is required for this course. 





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“Protect This House"  | Sep. 8 - 10
An Al Maghrib workshop By Shaykh Yaser Birjas | Detroit, MI

Qabeelah Ittihaad is proud to introduce our next AlMaghrib Institute course, "Protect This House", brought to you by Shaykh Yaser Birjas!

This 3-day event will take place in Detroit, MI (exact location will be announced soon) starting Friday, Sept. 8th at 7 PM and continuing until Sunday, Sept. 10th.

Enroll: Please click here | Facebook Event Page: Please click here for instant updates.
For Financial Aid, Babysitting, carpooling, travel accommodations & more, visit www.ittihaad.com 

Please contact us if you have any questions at Qabeelah Ittihaad-Michigan, or e-mail: ameer.Ittihaad.mi@almaghrib.org
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Every family has its quirks and myriad of issues, especially a Muslim family seeking cohesion in modern-day, western pressures. 

This unique class combines Adab, Fiqh and practical advice governing family relations and problems between parents, children, siblings, spouses and in-laws. 

Dive into parenting and educational psychology along with all its thorny issues such as principles in disciplining children and their right to Islamic education. 

This is a super value packed class and is often known as one of our most practical seminars.
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Save the date | PeaceQuest 2017 | Week of September 17-24

PeaceQuest 2017 will kick-off with a family fun Peace Quest “Day of Action” on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace and will be followed by a week of events in the Greater Lansing area.

"Day of Action" will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 at the Cherry Lane Field” on MSU campus at Harrison and Wilson Road and is FREE TO ALL, including parking across the street at the houses of faith along Harrison Road (list will be posted on web site.)

It will begin with a march followed by peace-related activities for all ages, including music, art, yoga, games, and food. FREE. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Participants are invited to wear attire that expresses their nationality, school, community of faith, team, as well as peace related tees, hats, signs for the peace march (with accessible path.)

PeaceQuest is hosted by the Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Peace Education Center, Niagara Foundation Michigan, and Shalom Center for Justice and Peace.


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The Blessing of Being Part of Mid-Michigan
May Allah bless all of you during this Ramadan.  I want the community to know how valued they are in the Mid-Michigan community.  Beyond the Annual Mayor's Ramadan Unity Dinner that will be held this year July 13, 2017, we need to appreciate how much the Mid-Michigan has stood by the Muslim Community in Mid-Michigan.  

Earlier this year when President Donald Trump threatened to impose travel bans that clearly targeted us specifically, various political, community, and religious leaders went to their elected representatives and sent letters to the courts opposing this ban.  Mid-Michigan stood in solidarity with us because they
 knew once one group was targeted by people in power, it is a very small step towards targeting others.  

When the refugee ban was being instituted by the same Administration, the leadership of the All Faiths Alliance for Refugees, which has members that are Evangelical, Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and others, held a rally at our Islamic Center to signifies that America is a country that welcomes people from around the world to come here to live free and be happy.  

Over the weekend, the groups that represent racism and hate reared their ugly head again when ACT for America tried to hold supposed Anti-Sharia Law rallies across the country and hear in Lansing.  Those same politicians, religious leaders, and community leaders through organizations such as Meta Peace Team, IRRC, and so many others came together to shielded us fro the hateful vitriol of the protesters. 

A counter rally opposing them was at least 10 times larger than ACT for America's rally.  They not only held a rally in South Lansing but held a second rally the same day at the State Capitol called "Wash away the Hate".  

Our non-Muslim neighbors and friends organized neighborhood watches to make sure no one vandalized or harmed their Muslim neighbors homes and businesses.  They provided transportation to and from places to make sure they felt safe.  They created a network that announced to the world that "We are One Community United".  Mayor Virg Bernero stated on local, regional, and national media that Lansing will not tolerate hate toward Muslims.  East Lansing City Councils and Other City Councils passed resolutions to stand for all Americans including the Muslim Community.  Pastor Kit Carlson and other Religious Leaders opened up their places of worship for anyone seeking refuge from our community. Our next door University Lutheran Church has been a bedrock of support to us. 

Senator Gary Peters sent his staff to make sure they knew that elected officials on a national level stood with and by us.  State Rep. Sam Singh and Abdullah Hammoud made proclamations on the house floor of our state government that indicate the importance of the Muslim community to the State of Michigan. 
 
This is the beauty of the community we live in.  We are blessed by Allah SWT to be here.  We are not alone.  Make sure you take care of your neighbors like they have taken care of us. The traditions of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, was to makes sure his neighbors were never in need regardless of their faith.  

Be proud you are Muslim.  Be proud you are American.  Let us be an active part of this Mid-Michigan Community.  The lessons of Ramadan go beyond these days that we fast.  People come to love and respect Islam because Muslims act in a way to be vital and essential to the community.  We are part of the American Fabric.  May Allah bless all who make up this great Mid-Michigan community.
 
 
Abdalmajid Katranji, MBA MD
Public Relations Coordinator, Islamic Society of Greater Lansing

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Media Reports regarding the anti-Muslim rally

Imam Sohail's interview to Michigan Radio http://bit.ly/2s674AX

WLNS TV Report on the rally preparedness by the Islamic Center and local Law enforcement http://bit.ly/2r4fjtW

LSJ: March against Islamic law, counter-protest draws a crowd in Lansing 

WLNS TV report on the Wash Away the Hate Rally http://bit.ly/2rNPC3y
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Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2017-18
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2017-18
GLIS is a fully accredited school and prides itself in producing students that attain competitive scores in standardized tests.

All of the core faculty have degrees in higher education and are state certified. Arabic, Islamic Education and Qur'an teachers are highly experienced. Students study Arabic, Qur'an and Islamic Studies daily in addition to  Public School Curriculum. 

GLIS offers an after school tutoring program for additional help, participated in Odyssey of the MIND this year, has an excellent advanced reading club and is accredited by AdvancED, NCA CASI which promotes continuous improvement.

If you want to ensure that you child receives a basic foundation in Islamic education, GLIS is here to help you realize your goal. 
All the forms are available here - http://k8.school.lansingislam.com/forms-policies
or you may click on the individual links here:

Click here to download a copy of the Prospectus of the Greater Lansing Islamic School

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Refugee Support Initiatives

As you may be aware, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing had declared themselves as welcoming cities to refugees. Many have been settled in Greater Lansing and many more are expected to arrive. It is incumbent upon us as responsible citizens and as believers to do our share to support the refugees.

The Executive Committee of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing is coordinating the support of these refugees.

A special picnic has been organized in their honor on Friday September 17, from 3 pm to 7 pm. See more details below including directions to the venue.

In his khutba this coming Friday, September 9, Imam Sohail will talk about our spiritual and moral obligation to support these refugees and share information about these support measures.

We are seeking dedicated individuals to sign-up to engage these refugees families. It could be as little as one hour per week or as many hours as you may wish to server. We are trying to form a team that can greet them and spend some time with them and provide them much needed social support.

You may sign-up by clicking here: goo.gl/WxUX3i

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Ramadan and Eid Dates through 2021  
To help you plan your Eid celebrations, Hajj with your families  
This is to inform you of the key dates well into the future so that you can plan in advance to take time off to celebrate Eid with your families near and far, and so that you can make intentions and plan to perform Hajj in future, insha Allah.
This notice also explains the Islamic Center of East Lansing's policy in determining and observing these important dates.  

Year  
1st day of
Ramadan 
Eid-Al-Fitr 
Eid-Al-Adha 
2017 Sat, May 27 Sun, June 25
Lansing Center
Fri, Sept. 1
Lansing Center
2018 Wed, May 16 Fri, June 15
Lansing Center
Tue, August 21
Lansing Center
2019 Mon, May 6 Tue, June 4
Lansing Center
Sun, August 11
Lansing Center
2020  Fri, April 24 Sun, May 24
Lansing Center
Fri, July 31
Lansing Center
2021  Tue, April 13 Thu, May 13
Lansing Center
Tue, July 20
Lansing Center
* All dates are not final, but very likely based on astronomical calculations. 
Dates will be declared as final on the announcement page as soon as ISNA announces them

Islamic Center's Policy in determining these dates:
The Islamic Center of East Lansing follows the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in determining the 1st day of Ramadan as well as the day for both the Eid festival days.
ISNA in turn is guided by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) in determining these dates.

1. For Ramadan and Eid-Al-Fitr, the FCNA uses astronomical calculations to determine the date.
2. For Eid-Al-Adha, the FCNA follows announcement by the Hajj authorities in Makkah and celebrate Eid-Al-Adha after the day of Arafah observed by the Hajj pilgrims
 
Eid Prayer Venue:
Based on the size of our congregation and several other factors such as parking, convenience, familiarity of venue and the community's feedback from a survey, Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing has been determined as the venue for our EId prayer and celebrations.

Lansing Center has been reserved as the venue for Eid prayers for the next 9 years for all but three of the dates listed in the table above.

Lansing Center Reservation Policy:
Contract with Lansing Center can be signed only 9 months before the date of use.
Until the contract is signed, a multi-day event can take precedence over our half day reservation.
As soon as we get into a 9 month window of the above dates, Lansing Center will issue the contract to the Islamic Center and the venue will be 'confirmed' for the Islamic Center.
Until the contract is signed, the Islamic Center reservation will be treated as a 'hold, pending confirmation'.


Why Eid Prayers are not held at the Islamic Center?
The Islamic Center is not an ideal venue for holding Eid prayers for the following reasons:
1. There is not enough room for the large number of prayer attendees. It is hazardous to have so many attendees inside the Islamic Center at one time from a safety standpoint
2. There isn't enough parking in the Islamic Center for all. While the University Lutheran Church has been generous allowing us to use their parking lot, it inconveniences their morning attendees.
3. Parking on the side streets of the Islamic Center in the neighborhood is not permissible per city of East Lansing code. Moreover, the traffic disturbs tranquility of the neighborhood. 


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