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Janaza Prayer at the Islamic Center
2 pm, Tuesday September 1 (tentative)
A janaza prayer is tentatively scheduled to be held for Brother Ibrahim Abdullah-Samad on Tuesday September 1 after the Zuher prayer at 2 pm. 

We pray to Allah to forgive him for his shortcomings and grant him a place in Jannat ul Firdaus.

We ask that Allah (SWT) grant the family patience during their time of loss.

Click here to leave a condolence message for the Abdullah-Samad family.

Islamic Studies Class   |  Taught by Imam Sohail
For Youth Boys and Girls

Tuesdays 7 pm to 8 pm for ages 8 to 12 | NEW Start date Sep 15
Sundays 5 pm to 6 pm for ages 13 to 18 | Start date Sep 13

To enroll, email your child's name to
or stop by Imam Sohail's office

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 12, 2015
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Sep 12, 2015
Class Dates - September 12 to December 12
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. 

Celebrate International Day of Peace
September 27, 2015
Join us for the Peace day event organized by the 
Greater Lansing United Nations Association

Join the "Peace March" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, beginning with a "march" followed by peace-related activities for all ages, including art, yoga, games, information, refreshments and the planting of a permanent peace pole. 

You may park in the Potter Park Zoo lot 
(free before 9 a.m.; $3 for Ingham residents and $5 for non-residents after that) and meet at the Tiger's Den Pavilion (next to the lot) no later than 2 p.m.

Participants will walk, (or "hop, skip, jump and run") on a one-mile march (or a half-mile optional
Participants will walk, (or "hop, skip, jump and run") on a one-mile march (or a half-mile option) along the Lansing Riverwalk together showing our commitment to "move, work and live for peace." 

All are welcomed to wear attire that expresses their nationality, school, community of faith, team, etc. creating a beautiful sight as we march together. Those using strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

Participation is free; registration is appreciated. To register and obtain more information, please visit

T-shirts may be purchased online at discounted prices until September 4th (to be picked up the day of the event.).
We hope that many of you order these beautiful tees (children sizes available.)
This event is hosted by Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Peace Education Center, Michigan State University United Nations Association, Edgewood United Church and Haslett High School's Model UN Club. It is sponsored by many other organizations including Bell's Pizza, Foods for Living, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Insomnia Cookies, LATTICE, , Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Michigan Division UNA, MSU International Studies & Programs, MSU Outreach & Engagement, MSU Student Housing Cooperative, and Plymouth Congregational Church.
Join Imam Sohail and others from the Islamic Center in this "Peace March".to celebrate the UN-designated International Day of Peace.

Islam 101 Class
2:30 pm, Sunday September 6 at the Islamic Center

This class is offered First Sunday of every Month

This class is intended for our friends and neighbors who would like find out more about Islam.

It will feature a presentation about the basics of Islam as well as issues particularly pertinent today will be followed by discussion and QA time

Statement by the Islamic Center of East Lansing on this year's 
Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner

The Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner is an annual event that brings people of all faiths together to raise money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. 

This is done in the spirit of the Muslim month of Ramadan, during which Muslims abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours in order to build empathy for the plight of the poor and increase their appreciation for God's blessings.

This will be the ninth year that the event is being held, and we have raised over $50,000 for the Food Bank during this time and provided over 500,000 meals to people in need right here in Metro Lansing

When this event was first held, Ramadan was in the month of September. Muslims, like Jews, follow the Lunar calendar for religious observances. Dates for Ramadan can be found at this link  -

Since a typical lunar month is only 29 or 30 days, our months begin approximately 10 days earlier than they did the previous year on the Western calendar. This year Ramadan was from June 18 until July 16

While Ramadan has started earlier each year, the event has continued to be held in early September, on the first Friday after Labor Day and outside of the month of Ramadan, for two simple reasons --
  1. During Ramadan, dinner is served after sunset.  That means, in the months of June/July, dinner is to be served close to 9:30 pm. Since this is an event that brings together people of all faiths to support the local food bank, we didn't want to keep our non Muslim friends and neighbors hungry until that late in the evening before serving dinner. So instead, we have been holding the dinner outside of the month of Ramadan to have dinner served at a more reasonable hour. 
  2. Many students are not around during the summer and the essay contest and the spirit of the dinner, which is aimed at building awareness and raising money for the Food Bank, will miss an important constituency without students there. 
The dinner event for the past several years has been held on the first Friday evening after Labor Day, which happens to be 9/11 this year. When the date was discussed with several members of the community, Muslim and non-Muslim, there was no objection because the purpose of the dinner is not to celebrate Ramadan in and of itself but to use the spirit of what Ramadan represents, which is self reflection and public service, to help support the Greater Lansing Food Bank.  

September 11, 2001 was a national tragedy that affected all Americans regardless of faith.  The criminals who committed this act killed indiscriminately with nothing but hate as their creed and rhetoric. Americans of all stripes see 9/11 as a day of national reflection and Muslim Americans work hard to help protect this country by serving in the Military, fire departments, police forces, 1st responders, relief workers, CIA and FBI agents.

Even though September 11 would have been an ideal day to remind ourselves of the American values of giving and caring for the lesser privileged in our community, the organizers felt we should defer the event by a week in order to not have the event serve as a distraction for those who continue to hold our faith collectively responsible for the actions of senseless terrorists who violated the most basic teachings of our faith when they committed the horrible atrocities of 9/11. 

We voluntarily changed the date of the dinner so that the message of 9/11 and what it means to all of us is not mired in a senseless discussion driven by people who want to use unfounded hate and suspicion as a means of diminishing one group of Americans for another.  9/11 is too sacred to be dragged into such a discussion.

This event, moreover, is supported and funded by sponsorship from many civic and community organizations in the Metro Lansing area. Sponsors from last year's event include:

 - Adams Outdoor Advertising 
 - ASAP Printing
 - College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University 
 - Comcast
 - Emergent Bio Solutions
 - The Islamic Center of East Lansing
 - Katranji Hand Center
 - Keystone Millbrook Printing Group
 - Lansing City Council
 - Lansing Community College
 - Lansing Neurosurgery 
 - Mid-Michigan Physicians
 - Office of Inclusion, Michigan State University 
 - Petra Flowers
 - Sparrow Health System
 - Sultan's Mediterranean Cuisine

Let us join hands together and serve. God bless America.

Thasin Sardar
Outreach Coordinator, Islamic Center of East Lansing
920 S. Harrison Rd, E. Lansing, MI 48823

9th Annual Mayor's Ramadan Unity Dinner 
Hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett
Friday, September 18
6:30 pm to 9 pm
Lansing Center
333 East Michigan Ave, Downtown Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero, 
City of Lansing
All Proceeds go to the 
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Mayor Nathan Triplett, 
City of East Lansing

Tickets: Contact Islamic Center Office or Office of Mayor Bernero 517.484.4141

2015 Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner 
Essay Contest 
Hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero & Nathan Triplett


Prizes: 1st Place: $500 - 2nd Place: $250 - 3rd Place: $100



"Hope, Not Hunger"The essay is to bring awareness to the plight of hunger and promote a better understanding of how communities can help feed those that experience hunger and impart hope.



Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Open to Graduating High School Seniors* and College Students


Guidelines and Entry Form:

Family needed for 
Unaccompanied siblings
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) is looking for a foster family for four unaccompanied siblings from Afghanistan, ages 9 to 15. 

The family fled their home country following harassment, violence, and murder by a family member. Their father passed away in an accident in 2007 and their mother passed away from heart complications in 2011. The younger children are now living in a refugee camp under the care of their oldest sisters, who are 18 and 21 years old. 

The oldest siblings are working to support the family. The family can only afford schooling for the youngest siblings. They are living in poverty and dream of making a better life for themselves. The oldest boy, 15 years old, works at the market. His dream is that his sisters, both younger and older, can focus on their educations. They share a close bond and all prioritize the happiness of their siblings above themselves. 

The older siblings will be resettled through an adult resettlement program, hopefully near where their younger siblings are placed so they may regularly visit one another.
These children need a family. LSSM will provide services to help you: 
  • Daily stipend 
  • Clothing allowance 
  • Counseling 
  • Interpretation 
  • Legal assistance
Contact Katy Dewar 517.827.5106 or eMail
The children are strong in their Muslim beliefs and need a home that is willing and able to help nurture their faith.

Kid's against Hunger Food Packaging
2015 God's Work, Our Hands Service Project
Location: University Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
When: Sunday, Sept. 13.
Coordinator: Vicki Anderson
Task: Volunteers will bag 10,000 meals in 1˝ hours.

Lunch begins at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs)
Food-packing project begins at about 11 am

1/3 of the bags will stay in the local area for distribution.
1/3 will be sent to warehouse in Detroit (for domestic emergencies such as flood, Tornadoes)
Remaining 1/3 of the bags are distributed internationally to feed starving children.

Suggested age: Kindergarten age and up. Parents may sign-up too.
To sign-up, provide your child's name to Imam Sohail  by emailing or stop by his office. 

The meals consist of rice; vitamin fortified crushed soy; a dehydrated blend of six vegetable; and vitamin/mineral powder.
Each bag of food contains six servings.
The bags keep for long periods of time and require only boiling water for preparation

Arabic Classes   |  Taught by Imam Sohail
2 courses are being offered: Beginners as well as Advanced Level
Every Monday ~ August 10 to November 30

Beginners course will teach from basic reading &  writing of Arabic (6 pm -7 pm)
Advanced Course will teach Arabic Grammar with emphasis on Quranic Arabic ( 7 pm to 8:30 pm )
Course fee - $50 
Register online by clicking here or at the Imam / Islamic Center office

Registration Open ~ 2015-16
Enrollment open for grades ~ Early Pre-K to Grade 8
If you missed the Early Registration at the Greater Lansing Islamic School, you can still register your child to attend the school.  

For more information contact the 
GLIS office at 517-332-3700, 
or email Principal Dr. Jones 
Early Pre-Kindergarten class at GLIS
Early Pre-Kindergarten at GLIS follows the Montessori Method of learning. 

Students learn Arabic, Islamic Studies, Quran and social skills in a safe environment. 

Children Two and half years of age are eligible to be enrolled in the Early Pre-Kindergarten class.

For more information contact the 
GLIS office at 517-332-3700
or email Principal Dr. Jones 

GLIS is seeking an Early Pre-K Teaching Assistant.

Annual ISNA Convention
Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative
September 4-7, 2015 at the 
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
9291 Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018

26th Annual Muslim Convention
Claim Your Inheritance and Be Mindful of Your Indebtedness to Your Lord
September 4-6, 2015 at the Tinley Park, IL Convention Center

City of East Lansing adopts Take on Hate Resolution
A resolution was presented on Tuesday, August 4, East Lansing's City Council meeting, endorsing TAKE ON HATE - a multi-year, grassroots campaign that challenges the growing discrimination and persistent misconception of Arab and Muslim Americans.

(Minute mark 6:45 to 15:40)


Special presentation to be held on the “Take on Hate” resolution 

during the City Council meeting | Tuesday, August 4 at 7 pm 

at the City Hall 410 Abbot Rd

We are grateful to the City of East Lansing for adopting a resolution aimed at protecting Arabs, Muslims from acts of hate and discrimination.
Mayor Nathan Triplett reached out to the Islamic Center informing us about the decision by the City Council to bring this national grassroots campaign to our community. 

The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing commends the City of East Lansing for it's efforts to recognize and appreciate diversity, and to make our communities feel safe and welcomed.

Text of Resolution: See image below or click here

You are welcome to attend the special presentation at the City Hall, 410 Abbot Rd, 7 pm, Tuesday August 4th.


Seerah Classes 

Every Wednesday, from Maghrib to Isha

Dar-Al-Quran Summer Programs 
Dar-Al-Quran is offering two programs this Summer

One program will be offered two months.

Another is an intensive 2 week camp.

Details below:
Dar- Al-Quran Program 1

Summer program 2015 will begin on June 15 and end August 12


Monday through Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm


Ages 5 to 12 years, boys and girls

Dar-Al-Quran Program 2

Summer Camp will begin on Aug 17, and end on Aug 27

Monday through Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm


Ages 6 to 16, Boys and Girls.

Download a registration form for Program 1 (Summer program)

Quran reading, memorization, and an activity class. 

The number of students is limited to 35. Tuition - $100 for the 1st child, $75 for the 2nd child, and $50 for the 3rd child. 

Proof of income must be furnished to avail discounts.

Two-week program for students who can read the Quran and are willing to memorize a least a page a day.

Program capacity: 5 students

GLIS Advance Registration 2015-16 
Grades Early Pre-K to 8th Grade
The Greater Lansing Islamic School is accepting Advance Registration for the academic year 2015-16.

The Greater Lansing Islamic School is a private elementary and middle school in East Lansing, Michigan, offering classes from Early Pre-K through Grade 8. 

Deadline: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Questions? Call 517.332.3700 or eMail:

Muslim response to ISIS
When it comes to attacking Islam and Muslims, lately it appears to be an open season. 

A recent article in The Atlantic casts ISIS as being motivated by ideology and is being touted as a defining report on the terrorist organization. However, this article is deeply flawed and full of inaccuracies.
ISIS's biggest victim is Islam
And it runs counter to President Obama's recent statement, quoted below, that accuses groups like ISIS of perverting Islam:  

"We must never accept the premise that they put forth [that ISIS is an accurate depiction of Islam] because it is a lie. Nor should we grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists...We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Here are a few scholarly articles that offer viewpoints that challenge the inaccuracies of Graeme Wood's flawed article in The Atlantic.
Here are a few scholarly articles that offer a viewpoints from renowned Muslims and others and also  challenge the inaccuracies of Greame Wood's flawed article in The Atlantic.

What is “Islamic”? A Muslim Response to ISIS 
by Daniel Haqiqatjou and Dr. Yasir Qadhi

The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS
By Haroon Moghul

How 'Islamic' Is the Islamic State?
By Dr. Juan Cole

Take advantage of the Tax Deduction !
Donations made to the Islamic Center are tax-deductible. Donation receipts for 2014 will be mailed out by January 31, 2015.
You still have time to take advantage of the tax deduction for this year 2014.
You can mail your donation or drop your check in donation boxes at the Islamic Center before December 31, 2014 to get a tax-deduction on your donation.
Mailing address: 920 S. Harrison, E Lansing, MI 48823


Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter to ISIS / ISIL meticulously blasting its ideology
More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

Full report:  


Nihad Awad, center, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and more than 10 Muslim-American leaders Wednesday (Sept. 24) endorse a letter written by more than 100 Islamic scholars that denounces ISIS by relying on sacred Muslims texts.
Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe | RNS photo by Lauren Markoe


Hijri 1436 Prayer Schedule ~ 2014-15
Pick up your copy from the Islamic Center office or  access the links below to,

Bookmark it:

Adhan Time:

Iqamah Time:  

(Iqamah time is when we pray in congregation in the Masjid) 

Download in following formats: 
Excel File-
PDF File-

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
2015 Thu, June 18 Fri, July 17
Lansing Center
Wed, Sept. 23
Causeway Bay Hotel and
Conference Center
2016 Mon, June 6 Wed, July 6
Lansing Center
Sun, Sept. 11
Causeway Bay Hotel and
Conference Center
2017 Sat, May 27 Sun, June 25
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. 

"And continue to remind, for surely the reminder profits the believers. " (verse 55 of Surah # 51: ADH-DHARIYAT)


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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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