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Parking Alert
Limited Parking on July 31 and No Parking on August 7
at the University Lutheran Church
On Friday July 31, parking will be limited to the West side of the Lot. Please drive slowly as a large number of children are expected at the University Lutheran Church on this day.

On Friday August 7, the University Lutheran Church parking lot will be unavailable to those attending Jummah prayer.

On both these days, Muslims attending Jummah prayer are encouraged to carpool and if the Islamic Center lot is full, please park at the Breslin Center or at the Red Cedar Elementary School parking lot.

We are grateful to the University Lutheran Church for their continued support of our community and to permit us to park on all other days when our lot is full.

Please do not park on the streets adjacent or behind the Islamic Center. 
City of East Lansing Parking Code is enforcement at all times and vehicles parked in the neighborhood will be ticketed by the P.A.C.E (Parking and Code Enforcement)

Sisters Halaqa   |  Presented by Imam Sohail
Understanding Shirk 
9:10 pm, Friday July 31
This is the Monthly Special Lecture for sisters. Brothers are welcome to listen in.

Islam 101   |  Presented by Imam Sohail
This class is offered First Sunday of every Month
2:30 pm, Sunday August 2 at the Islamic Center
This class is intended for our friends and neighbors who would like find out more about Islam in a casual setting and ask any questions that they may have about Islam, Muslims, sensitive topics, Quran, Prophets etc

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

Swimming Day !! 

Sisters Saturday, July 25 | Brothers Saturday August 1st  

$2 payable at the door

Pool Rules:

Proper Swim suit is required in the pool at all times. 

If you would like to wear a t-shirt or shorts over your swimming suit for modesty purposes, this will be permitted as long as it is an overlay over a proper swim suit. 

Basketball shorts are not allowed, only swimming trunks. 

Please follow these rules or you will be asked to change. 

Remember to pack a towel and a plastic bag to collect your wet clothes in.

Bring extra cash, we will be going out to eat afterwards.

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:

9th Annual Mayor's Ramadan Unity Dinner 
Hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett
Friday September 11  |   6 pm to 9 pm
at the Lansing Center

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:

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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