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Islamic Perspective on Charms, Amulets and Talismans
We invite all Brothers and Sisters to join us for this talk at the Islamic Center presented by
Imam Sohail 
8:35 pm | Friday | August 26


Udhiyah | Qurbani 
(Sacrifice of an animal during Eid al-Adha)

Grass fed, free range, goat, lamb, sheep, cow are available from Br. Khalid Sayfullah for purchase for DIY udhiyah/qurbani or full service for additional charge. Contact Br. Khalid at or call

One Book, One Community
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist 
Sonia Nazario 

7 pm | Sunday | August 28
Hannah Community Center

Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique's Journey” will speak at this special OBOC event. 
This year’s OBOC theme is “Faces of Migration: The Human Experience” and focuses on the emotions and personal experiences of individuals on migration journeys.

This is a free event open to the public and our community is encouraged to participate.

Muslim patient barriers a challenge for health care providers
An Op-Ed in the Lansing State Journal by Dr. Khalida Zaki

Dr. Khalida Zaki is a professor emeritus in the department of sociology at Michigan State University

Greater Lansing Islamic School
Job Opening: Assistant Janitor
GLIS seeks an assistant to help the janitor clean classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and windows daily. He/she will be also be responsible for re-filling paper supplies in all bathrooms including the gym.
Applicants may contact the school Principal Dr. Jamila Jones at 517.332.3700 or via email

Job Opening at the Islamic Center of East Lansing
Property Manager  

The Islamic Center of East Lansing is interested in hiring a Property Manager. The property manager will be resposible for:

1. Responsible for maintenance in the following areas: Center main building, Islamic school building, Center owned houses, Parking lots, All center-owned grounds, Center-owned vehicles if any, Center equipment
2. General maintenance work in buildings
3. General vehicle of grounds
4. General vehicle maintenance
5. Maintenance equipment responsibilities
6. Major repairs and projects

The position of MS is largely unsupervised. It requires self-motivation, accountability for time and expenses, and integrity. While the MS is not expected to perform at super-human levels, he should put forth a reasonable effort in doing his job. Also, the MS should constantly look for projects and repairs without being instructed or informed. Much of his work should result from routine checking.

Click here for detailed job description.

Please email Resume to with the subject "Property Manager"


Arabic Class | Classes begin Mid-August | Registration ends Aug 1
at the Islamic Center
Arabic Reading and Writing - Mondays, 6-7 pm
Arabic  Grammar Level 1  - Sundays, 2.30 - 4 pm
Arabic Grammar Level 2 - Sundays, 12 - 2 pm
Arabic Grammar Level 4 - Mondays, 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.

Instructor: Imam Sohail Chaudhry
Assistant Teacher and Aides: Sumaira Sultana, Collin Lotus, Mujiburohman Abas
Semester Fee: $50/student 


Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2016-17
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2016-17
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. 

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
Jul 16, 2016
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Jul 16, 2016
Registration deadline: Saturday, July 23
Class commences- Jul 16
Class Times - Saturdays 12 pm to 2 pm
Registration forms are available in the office or can be submitted online by clicking here and following up with payment in person later. Or you can download the form by clicking here
Fee is $50 per semester per student. 50% discount for Greater Lansing Islamic School students. 

We Are All One | Saturday, October 1 | 10 AM - 5 PM
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

Drop-in Artist & Crafter Recruitment for the We Are All One Arts & Crafts Fair
Recruitment on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6-7pm, at Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S. Harrison, East Lansing MI 48823
As an alternative to the application process, just stop by with three pieces of your artwork / craftswork and your $40 table fee.
You will receive on-the-spot notification of whether you are accepted to participate in the fair.

This is a multicultural event, that is bringing together artists from all cultures. We are working from the premise that art and culture bridge the gap between diverse groups to bring connections and to foster acceptance in our community. 

If you wish to display at the Art Fair, please click here  email to request an application. 

We are also looking for promotional sponsors (no money needed), your information and logo will be on our flyers, and we will put your flyers/pamphlets on our information table.

Application fee of $40 includes one 8-foot folding table.
Application deadline: August 1, 2016


Register to Vote at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

As you may be aware, the elections this year are very contentious. Our very existence as American Muslims has been challenged by some of the Presidential candidates.

In order that we can live with dignity and to ensure a safe environment for our children in future, we need to ensure that some of these politicians don't trample upon our rights.

We need to be counted at the ballot box. And you need to register to vote in order for that to happen.

We at the Islamic Center can facilitate that for you. Stop by and pick up a form or read the section below if you prefer to to do-it yourself.
Join the US Council of Muslim Organization's drive to register a Million Muslim Voters this election cycle.
Important deadlines
August 2, 2016 State Primary Election - registration deadline is July 5, 2016

November 8, 2016 State General Election - registration deadline is October 11, 2016
Are you Registered to Vote?

To check if you are already registered to vote, please click the following link and enter your information:  
Register to Vote now
Stop by the Islamic Center's office or the Imam's office or at the voter registration tables that will be set up at the Islamic Center to pick up a voter registration form. 
You may also obtain it online by clicking here:
To register to vote, you must be ALL of the following:
• A U.S. citizen
• A resident of Michigan
• A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
• At least 18 years old by Election Day (Those who are 17 years old, but will be 18 by election day may register by the deadline for that specific election.)

Did you move to a different city or change address?
Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. 
If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be completed online via, through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State branch office, or by mail.

Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver's license purposes.
Consequently, if you submit a driver's license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration.
Similarly, if you submit a voter registration address change, it will be applied to your driver's license.

Requests Received
Host Family Wanted
Host family needed for a High School age girl from Indinesia who will be here in the US in a study abroad program.
Please contact Christine Wacholz at
231.675.2465 and copy on your email.

She is a wonderful young woman, she plays the piano, loves small children, enjoys track and sports and would like to study at Harvard and then become a diplomat with the United Nations.
English should be the main language in the home that is seeking to host her.

MSU Research Student seeks candidates from interfaith families for interview

Emma Pittsley, a student research assistant for the Religious Soundmap Project, Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University, would like to research and record what religion sounds like to interfaith families. 

This would be more than a one-time recording, Emma would like to be able to interview a family, spend time with them, and record however religion appears in their lives. If you fit this profile or know of any families who are interfaith (whether this be a couple with different faiths, parent and child, or any other combination) who you think might be interested in contributing to this research project, Emma would like to come to a service where she could meet and talk with the family.

Please contact Emma Pittsley at and copy on your email.


Huffington Post report on Islamic Center hosting Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing

ISNA Offers Condolences to the Families of the Orlando Shooting Victims
(Plainfield, IN 06/12/16) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is outraged by the horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida.

We stand with the victims of this senseless act of violence and mourn with the families of the victims and pray for their ease and comfort during this time of difficulty.

In a statement, ISNA President Azhar Azeez said:
"ISNA sends its condolences and prayers to the families of the victims. We urge the community to stand united against all acts of violence."

We encourage our members to donate to help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families and our members in Florida to visit a blood center today to donate blood to help the victims of the shooting.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.

- END - CONTACT: Faryal Khatri, ISNA Communications Department, 317-373-0246,

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.  

1st day of
2016 Mon, June 6 Wed, July 6
Lansing Center
Sun, Sept. 11
Lansing Center
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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Talking Points on Anti-Muslim Backlash

Please keep yourself informed on the talking points mentioned in the link below on how to counter the Anti-Muslim sentiment that is sweeping the nation.

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this site are those of individuals and not necessarily the express opinion of the Islamic Soc. of Gr Lansing.

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