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Janaza Prayer at the Islamic Center
2 pm, Wednesday May 27
Dr. Ahmed Al-Asad passed away on Monday May 25. 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.

Their janaza prayer will take place after the Zuher prayer at 2 pm, Wednesday, May 27.

He is survived by sons Tariq and Osama, daughters Nadia and Sarah and son-in-law, Elsadig Hag-Elagib. Click here to leave a condolence message for the family.

Maintining Tawheed through Supplications
Sisters Halaqah this Friday | Presented by Imam Sohail
After Maghreb Prayer | 9:10 pm Friday May 29
All Sisters are encouraged to attend and benefit from this talk. 

Recycle! East Lansing is this Saturday, May 30! 

East Lansing residents can recycle/donate a variety of items:

Lansing State Journal report on volunteers from our community 
MSU volunteers aid Syrian refugees
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World Refugee Day Celebrations
4 - 7 pm, May 31

Spartan Village Community Center

1460 Middlevale Rd

East Lansing, MI 48823

Program will start at 4:30p.m. and dinner will begin at 5:30p.m.

Free of charge!


Join us for dinner as we celebrate refugees and their cultures and 

all that they bring to our community! 

Please feel free to bring a dish to share that represents your culture. 

(This is optional.) 

Inviting all Youth Boys and Girls | Ages 12-18
Youth Hour with Imam Sohail
Youth are invited to join Imam Sohail for an informative hour of engagement that will draw them to the deen in an entertaining way
7:30 pm Friday May 29

Youth Jeopardy Contest !!

2 pm, Sunday, May 31 
at the Islamic Center
Youth ages 8-16 are invited to take part in a jeopardy contest at the Islamic Center. Ca$h prizes to be won !

Submit a team name, team participants to by Friday, May 29th, 11 pm. 
Teams need to have a minimum of three and a maximum of four team members.

Email these details at to register your team.

Participating teams can only be all boys or all girls.

To prepare, competitors are recommended to read Qasas al Anbiyyah by Ibn Katheer.

Checkout the video from a prior round:

URGENT: Foster Family needed for Ethiopian Muslim siblings
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) is looking for a Muslim Foster family and
potential adoptive home for 6 unaccompanied Ethiopian Muslim siblings.

The family fled their home country following harassment by Ethiopian security forces, including the destruction of the family business and all family property, and arrest of their father. The children fled to Kenya with their mother, who went missing at the border. 

The 6 children (ages 5 to 16) are living with a stranger while the oldest works to provide for the family. They have no schooling or permanent housing, and the youngest children are often left without a guardian.

These children need a family. LSSM will provide services to help you:
  • Daily stipend
  • Clothing allowance
  • Counselling
  • Interpretation
  • Legal assistance
Can you help?
Contact Martha Hess at
(517) 827-5130 or (517) 321-7663

If you want to help but are unable to take all 6 siblings, LSSM will consider placing them with two families, provided both families are able and willing to work together to maintain the children’s close relationship.

Compost Katie is a weekly curbside removal of all vegetable scraps, breads, napkins, cooked meats, cheeses, fruit pits and all fruit, pizza boxes, news papers, coffee grounds, used coffee filters and lawn debris (e.g. leaves, bundled twigs and grass clippings.)

Turn your trash into vermicompost that is then fed to the plants which in turn feed 7000 people !! Click image on left to find out how

We invite you to attend a presentation about this service at the Islamic Center on 
Tuesday May 19 | 9:05 pm

Headwrap Expo
12 - 7 pm ~ Tuesday May 17
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center | 15801 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI

Covering the hair, whether for religious, ethnic, cultural or spiritual purposes, is a practice found throughout the globe from here in the U.S. to Europe, to Africa, to Asia and all and in between. 

Headwrap expo will showcase an international, unique feel of headwraps. 
If you love to try new things or learn more about the beauty and diversity of our world you will LOVE the The Headwrap Expo!

Mark your Calendars
Annual Community Picnic Sunday June 7Details to follow

Insha Allah, 
1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday, June 18, 2015
1st of Shawwal will be on Friday, July 17, 2015

Sisters Zumba Exercise Sessions 
Twice a week at the Islamic Center Gym
First class ~ Tuesday May 5

Registration 7 pm | Class will begin promptly at 7:30 pm @ Islamic Center Gym

This is a 6 week program, ending the week of June 8.
Fee - $2 per class. 
Interested sisters can register on the 1st day of the class 
Tuesday May 5  at pm 
Registrations will stop at 7:30 pm

Starting  the week of 5/11 there will be  two sessions per week ~ 
every Tuesday and Thursday

GLIS Summer Camp 2015 
Ages 3 to 12 years
June 15 - August 14
The Greater Lansing Islamic School is offering a Summer Camp for children ages 3 to 12 years.

Duration: June 15- August 14
Monday through Friday. 8:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

9 weeks of enrichment, advancement & fun

Tuition: $ 1,200 per child for the 9- week camp, or $ 155/week

GLIS Summer School Camp offers young children from Preschool through 7th grade outstanding opportunities for enrichment, advancement, and fun. They will have ample opportunity to explore their interests, develop important skills, and be even more prepared for the next level of academic challenges in the fall. Our goal is to ensure that each child is challenged to develop his or her abilities without undue pressure, so they can excel in the classroom.

The Camp will be run by our teachers. Classes are held at the Islamic School. Snacks are provided. Students bring their own lunch.

Please stop by the school to register your child. Registration deadline: June 10th
Questions? Call 517.332.3700 or eMail:

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:

Michigan Department of Corrections is
Friday May 1, 1100 am to 3:00 pm
Job Fair | at the Islamic Center

Michigan Department of Corrections invites you to attend a job fair at the Islamic Center of East Lansing on Friday. May 1, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Representatives from the Michigan Department of Corrections will be present to explain the offerings and asnwer your questions.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:
    No Felonies
    No Domestic Violence
    No Drug Convictions
    18 Years or Older
    HS Diploma/GED

15 credits in related field or 30 semester credits in any academic degree or prerequisite

Positions in parole/probation, health care, psychology, dental health care and business are also available. Military personnel are urged to apply.

The Michigan Department of Corrections is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Questions? eMail

Iman & Quran Class
Sunday April 19, 630 pm to 8:30 pm
Semester Duration: 9 weeks 
The course will taught by several instructors.
The first portion of the class will consist of an in-depth study of faith. 
In the second part of each class, the participant will practice and perfect his/her recitation of Quran.

Classes Start : 04/19/2015 @ 6:30 PM 
 Registration Deadline : 04/19/2015

*Class meets every Sunday evening for about 2 Hours for 9 weeks.

*This class is for both brothers and sisters age 13 and above.

Sign up at:

Questions? eMail


Mark your Calendars - Here is what April has in store for you !
Detailed announcement for each of the following will follow in coming days.

1. A new Islam 101 class will be offered the 1st Sunday of every month at 2:30 pm. The first session is next Sunday April 5th. Please feel free to invite your friends/coworkers. 

2. Arabic Class is being offered every Monday. The class meets at 6:30 pm at the Islamic Center. Brothers and Sisters aiming to improve their Arabic language skills are encouraged to join. Drop-in and check it out.

3.  MSU Muslim Studies program presents, prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, Dr. Omid Safi, 7 pm April 7, at 303 International Center, MSU.

4. Former NBA player Br. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) will deliver a talk on the evening of Friday, April 10. He will offer a Basketball Clinic on Saturday April 11 for our youth. 

5. GLIS Annual Qur'an Recitation Competition May 6-7, 2015 | Registration deadline April 10

6. We have a full weekend of engagement with an instructor from Islamic Leadership of America the weekend of April 17-19. He will conduct a full day workshop with our youth boys and girls on Saturday April 18.

7. A community Dinner is planned on the evening of Friday April 17.

8. On Saturday April 18, a panel discuss the harm done by Boko Haram in Nigeria and how we can help affected parties and do our share to prevent further violence. 6:30 pm at the Islamic Center.

9. Dar-Al-Quran Spring Semester commences  April 18.

10. Body-Weight Exercises for Brothers - every Tuesday and Thursday after Isha Prayer

11. Imam Sohail will deliver a lecture for Sisters Friday April 24. (Last Friday of every month) 

Body-Weight Exercises for Brothers 
Tuesdays and Thursdays after Isha Prayer
at the Islamic Center Gym
Duration: 15 minutes
Trainers: Br. Adam Al-Ansari and Br. Mohamed ElMahdy Ali

Strengthen your body without making a trip to the Gym !
Body-weight exercises are exercises done using our own body weight rather than using heavy weight machine or equipment. 

Place: Islamic Center Gym
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Start Time: 10 minutes AFTER the ISHA prayer
Duration: 15 minutes
Trainers: Br. Adam Al-Ansari / Br. Muhammed Mahdi Ali

 Exercise Methods:
  • Warm up exercise (few minutes at the beginning)
  • Stretches, push-ups, crunches, squats, and more variations
  • Cool down exercise (few minutes at the end)
BEFORE Exercise:
  • Do not eat any heavy meal 45 minutes BEFORE exercise. (carbs are okay).
  • Wear appropriate exercise outfits.
  • Bring a yoga/exercise mat and small adjustable dumbbells with you.
AFTER Exercise:
  • Try to have a healthy snack right after exercise
  • Eat some protein rich food, fruits (banana, grapes), drink water or smoothies
Arabic Language & Grammar Class
March 23 - June 15, 2015


Imam Sohail Chaudhry will teach an Arabic class at the Islamic Center.

The class will meet from 6:30 pm to 8 pm every Monday from March 23 to June 15 insha Allah


The goal of the class is attain a capability to better understand the Qur'an and enjoy prayers.

Fee: $50/student

Click here to Register



 - Open to both Brothers and Sisters (adults primarily, but ages 12 & up are welcome)

- Basic fluency in reading Arabic 

Seerah Class taught by Imam Sohail Chaudhry
After Maghreb Prayer | Every Wednesday

Islam Awareness Campaign
Support our sisters led effort to give away awareness kits

A lot of misinformation exists out there about our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and about Islam in general.This distorts the perception of Islam and Muslims, fostering Islamophobia  which leads to acts of hate, including violence against Muslims.

We can counter this with education by educating the public.

Our education kit consists of literature, suggested reading and includes

a book titled Muhammad: A Prophet for our time by Karen Armstrong.

You can sponsor a kit for $20 by donating in the designated box at the Islamic Center.

Local news Reports on East Lansing man Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad who was arrested for lying to Feds

Lansing State Journal Report: 

WLNS: News at 6
(at mark 2:30)

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

Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice issues statement expressing concern about rising Islamophobia & Anti-Muslim attacks

File picture of the group from 2011 by Tom Rico         

Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice

A membership organization seeking to end war and promote social justice through advocacy, education and action


February 20, 2015

For Immediate Release

East Lansing, MI: The spate of attacks against our Muslim friends and neighbors, both locally and across the country, concerns us all. We must forge a collective stance against intolerance and violence.

Tragically, we’ve seen a tremendous spike in the level of anti-Muslim hate speech and now we’re starting to see that hate rhetoric turning into acts of violence targeting Muslims. President Obama called the killings “brutal and outrageous.”

Some of the most worrisome events in the United States in early February include the burning of a mosque in Texas, the murders of three university students in North Carolina, and the beating of a man in Dearborn. We have also seen an upsurge of minor aggression - including verbal attacks that escape major media reportage.

No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship 

We call upon people of faith, public officials, government representatives, and members of civil society, to join us in condemning hatred, prejudice, and violence. Our community's moral value requires being respectful of difference and accepting of diversity in characteristics and beliefs. Violent words and actions only damage our community and our nation. Thus, we promise to continue to speak up against violence, hatred, and prejudice in whatever form it takes and whomever it targets. 

We urge everyone in our community to build on friendship, neighborliness, and mutual support during these difficult times.

Endorsements and questions regarding this statement can be sent to: 
Members of the GLNAWI Coordinating Committee at

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


Wanted: Community volunteers wishing to experience a cross-cultural friendship.


Interested in learning about other cultures, while sharing examples of American culture? 


The International Friendship Program (IFP), affiliated with MSU, is seeking community volunteers (adult singles, couples, families) wishing to experience a cross-cultural friendship.


The time commitment is minimal - you are asked to meet with your assigned student at least once a month for a minimum of one year. 
Activities can be as simple as meeting for coffee, going shopping, or inviting the student to your home for a meal. 
If you would like to become involved with this rewarding program, please go to the IFP website at, read more about the International Friendship Program, and complete the volunteer application (for IFP - Application for American Hosts) .  Please apply by January 20 to be considered for the  February  matching session.

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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