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Islam 101 | Sunday December 4 | 2:30 pm

Presented by Imam Sohail Chaudhry

In this friendly class, Imam Sohail Chaudhry will present the basics of Islam as well as dwell on issues especially pertinent today, such as "what is Jihad?". 

The lecture will be offered in a casual setting, where all are welcome and questions are encouraged ! 

Please extend this invitation to anyone who can benefit from this talk and get an opportunity to ask any questions in a friendly setting.

Know Yourself, Know your Adolescent
A Free 2-part Workshop on 2 successive Sundays
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing
1 pm to 5 pm | Sunday, November 27 and Sunday, December 4

This free 2-Day Workshop on Life-Changing Parenting Skills aims to empower parents with tools and techniques to help your children cope with life's challenges

The workshop is being offered by Amina Hedayat, an Interpersonal and Intra-personal Intelligence Consultant


Sunday, December 4 | 3:30 pm to 6 pm
East Lansing Hannah Community Center | 819 Abbott Road
No charge! Light refreshments! Plenty of free parking!

3:30p.m.--Check in and displays

4:00p.m. -5:30p.m.--Several mid-career professionals from developing countries, all part of MSU's Humphrey Fellowship Program, will speak on human rights as they pertain to their countries. Bob Barnhart, GL-UNA vice-president for membership, will discuss how we can support the rights of all globally through the United Nations. Time will be reserved for Q & A.

5:30p.m. to 6p.m.--Light refreshments & informal conversations with our presenters & international guests.

Teachers, students, faculty, & the general public are encouraged to attend!


Since the day of the election, over 300 hate incidents have been reported nationally. This tally does not include several other acts of bullying and micro-aggression's that are taking place in different parts of the country, including schools. We pray to Allah to keep us, and our communities safe. 

We are fortunate to be surrounded by loving and caring neighbors, friends, institutions and local governments. We are extremely grateful to all of them. Sadly, several of their own friends, acquaintances and churches have also been targeted around the country. The Islamic Center of East Lansing and the Muslim community in Greater Lansing stand in solidarity with all of them.

Please see resources below to help students on campuses, and local news reports after that on how the Greater Lansing community is rallying together to stay united and protected. 

Training for a Non-Violent Response to Fear & Hate
9 am to 4:30 pm | Saturday Dec 3 | at MSU (room pending)



Muslim Students Advisory
Video (49 mins)

Muslim Students Association West  hosted an impromptu Webinar to offer tips to Muslim Students and address their questions and concerns.

Click image on left or here to check out video offering some pointers on safety and civil rights given by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo 


Video: Recommendations for safety and precuations in light
of the widespread hate incidents reported from around the country

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
Nov 5, 2016 - to - February 18, 2017
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Nov 5, 2016
Registration is now open - Deadline: Saturday, Nov 5
Class commences- Nov 5
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. 
Late Registration Fee - Additional $10 after Nov 5

West Virginia University Student seeks participants for a 15 minute Study Survey on tobacco use and lung screening!
Applicable to willing participants who reside in the US and are aged 18 years or older.

The study will be anonymous. The purpose is to learn more about the social and cognitive factors that are associated with using tobacco products, serious attempts to quit smoking, and interest in lung screening.

West Virginia University Institutional Review Board acknowledgment is on file. Protocol Number: 1609266133

Time to complete the study is approximately 15 minutes. 
After completing the questionnaire, participants will have a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards.
The Primary Investigator is Dr. Kimberly Kelly. If you have any questions or concerns please contact either the co-investigator, Omar Attarabeen, or the Principal Investigator Dr. Kimberly Kelly, at the following contact information.

Omar Attarabeen: 
PO Box: 9510. 
Department of Pharmaceutical Systems & Policy. 
School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV, 26506.

Kimberly Kelly: 
PO Box: 9510. 
Department of Pharmaceutical Systems & Policy. School of Pharmacy, 
Morgantown, WV, 26506.

The approval notice from WVU  IRB, Survey, additional Flyers etc are available at


New Hijri Prayer Schedule ~ 1438 | 2016-17
Pick up your Free copy from the Islamic Center.. Available in 2 formats:
1. Color Single sheet long format and
2. B&W booklet format

You may access it online at :
(Iqamah time is when we pray in congregation in the Masjid) 

Download in following formats: 
PDF (2-page long) -
PDF (multi-page)   -



Call for Proposals
 9th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
 East Lansing Marriott at University Place
 April 14-15, 2017
 Submission Deadline for Proposals: Nov. 15, 2016

The conference planning committee invites you to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters to be presented at the ninth annual Muslim Mental Health Conference, sponsored by The Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry. Click here for details.

Suggested topics include: faith-based cultural competency, treating and understanding addiction, smoking cessation, substance use, gambling or gaming addiction, trauma-informed care for Muslims, spirituality and therapy, cultural diversity within Muslim populations, experiences of marginalized sub populations, role of Imams/Islamic centers in mental health services, help-seeking and mental health stigma, family therapy and Islamic history of mental health interventions.
Click image to watch Documentary talking about mental illnesses in Muslim Community
Proposals may be empirical studies or theoretical considerations relevant to the overall theme, *Understanding Addiction among Muslim Populations*, or generally related to Muslim mental health. We invite practitioners, religious leaders, faculty, graduate students or community members to submit proposals.

Although proposals directly related to *this* year’s conference theme are encouraged, subjects related to other issues within Muslim mental health are also welcomed.

Submissions should be based on mental health, behavioral health care and suggested topics, including current trends and best practices in understanding and treating addiction among Muslims. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address integrated approaches such as community partnership.

Proposals should include a cover sheet and no more than a 300-word summary.
The abstract should include some description of the nature of the presentation and primary findings. Summaries should include enough detail for reviewers to judge the overall format and contribution of the scholarship. The proposals will be subjected to masked review. Please do not include any identifying information in the proposal.

To submit your proposal for the Ninth Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference:
 •          Attach your proposal and completed cover letter and email to
 •          Identify in the subject line of the email: Proposal for MMHC
 •          Notification of proposal status and presentation instructions will be sent via email after Dec. 1, 2016.
 *Formats and Guidelines *
 •          Poster Sessions (50 minutes): Posters should give an overall description of completed research or research in progress. Posters should highlight key information related to the rationale, method, analysis, results, and discussion. Poster sessions offer an ideal format for presenters to receive feedback on their research ideas. For poster presentations, provide a summary (500-word maximum) of the study,   including: rationale, method, data analysis, results, and discussion. For research proposals and research in progress, provide the rationale, method, anticipated results, and the anticipated date of completion.
 •          Conference Presentations (20 minutes): These are lecture and discussions with the conference audience.   Provide a 300-word summary of the relevant issues in this area and the outline and plan for discussion.
 *Proposal checklist* (for your use - do not send with proposal; Incomplete submissions will not be considered.):
 ___ Up to 300 word summary of work completed
 ___ Cover sheet with all presenters’ contact information, and brief abstract (provide in separate file from proposal)
 ___ Address subject line of email as: “Proposal for 9th annual MMHC”

*Instructions for Submission*
 1.        Proposals are to be submitted by email attachment to:
 2.        As programs will be blind reviewed, please refrain from including any identifying information in the program description.
             a.         For presentations, provide the title and a 300-word general summary of the symposium
             b.         For poster presentations, provide a summary (300-word maximum) and rationale, method, data analysis, results and discussion.


Islamic Studies Classes for Youth Boys and Girls 
1st Class for new Semester begins Tuesday, September 20
Presented by Imam Sohail, at the Islamic Center
Ages 8-12
Every Tuesday, starting 
September 20
Section 1: 5:30-6:30 pm 
Section 2: 6:30-7:30 pm 
Limited to 20 seats in each section.

Ages 13 and up
Every Sunday, starting 
September 25 | 5:00-6:30 pm
Fee: $50 | Contact Imam Sohail to sign up


Sisters' Exercise Classes
Sundays 4 pm
Wednesdays 6 pm

Starting Wednesday September 21

at the Islamic Center Gym


Department of Religious Studies at MSU presents a new course 
Muslims and the Cultures of US Politics (AL491)
September 21-December 7, 2016 
4:10-5:30pm, A220 Wells Hall

Taught by Professor Salah D Hassan, this 1 credit class opportunity is available to all students!

This course focuses on the ways Muslims and Islam have become a central topic in political debates among liberals and conservatives. 

Contact Rhonda Hibbitt at 517-355-0366 or email to register


Student Jummah resumes
As Public Schools have commenced their new academic year, the special jummah prayer for Public School students will be offered starting this Friday, September 9, at 3:30 pm insha Allah. This special service is meant for Public School students. 

For logistical reasons, all others should continue attending the 1st (12:15pm to 12:45 pm) or 2nd Jummah (1:45 pm - 2:15 pm).

Sunday School 2016-17
11 am | Sunday | September 18

Registrations open for Academic year 2016-17

Fee for the entire year :
$150 for 1st child
$100 for 2nd child
$50 for 3rd child
No fee for additional children from same family

First day of class for academic year 2016-17 is Sunday September 18
Class time: 11 am to 2 pm
Register online or in person on the first day of the Sunday School


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 16, 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:


Sisters' Exercise Classes
Sundays 4 pm | Wednesdays 6 pm
Starting Wednesday September 21
at the Islamic Center Gym


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. 

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
Mon, Sept. 12
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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