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The Signs of the Hour
Continuation of Al-Aakhirah lecture series ~ presented by Imam Sohail 
Topic for this Friday~ Minor Signs: Advent & Death of the Prophet, peace be upon him
8:15 pm, Friday, October 21
at the Islamic Center
We invite all Brothers and Sisters to join us for this talk 


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


Refugee Support Circle
A Weekly Round Table 
Every Friday 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The Islamic Center will hold a weekly welcoming session every Friday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Islamic Center

Our goal is to assist newly arrived refugees and their families with support services to make their transition to their new hometown as smooth as possible.

This is open to all members of the community, particularly those who signed up to help serve the refugees in our community. One may still sign up as a volunteer to help the refugees by clicking here and you will be contacted as a need arises. 

Some tasks we will assist with include (but are not limited to):
  • Welcoming new refugees to the Islamic Center.
  • Praying Jumah together (for those interested).
  • Assist individuals in filling out legal documents they may not understand. (e.g. DHS forms, application for a Doctor's appointment)
  • Connect new refugees with members of our community who speak the same language.
  • Assist with transportation services to the grocery store, appointments, places of work etc.
  • Provide some financial and material support.
The effort will be coordinated by Sister Farah Khalil, Community Services Coordinator, and she can be reached via email at or via phone 313-213-6956

Islamic Relief and Red Cross Disaster Assessment Training
hosted by the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs of Detroit
40440 Palmer Rd, Canton, MI, 48187
Oct 29-30 | 

MCWS is hosting Islamic Relief and American Red Cross DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) Training. The training consists of three parts:
Part I - Disaster Assessment and Casework
Part II - Shelter Fundamentals and Emotional Care
Part II - CPR and First Aid

**** You can be certified for Part I AND/OR Part II. Part III, however, can only be taken by those who attended Part I  AND Part II. 

Once certified, Islamic Relief will contact you whenever a natural disaster hits any part of the country. When contacted, you have the choice to accept or decline based on your convenience. Your flight, accommodation, and food are paid by Islamic Relief. (see below for more info from current volunteers)

To REGISTER (18 and older):

If you would like more information from those who attended the training before and have volunteered - please email Shireen Syed 


Youth Jeopardy Contest !!

Youth ages 8-18 are invited to take part in a jeopardy contest at the Islamic Center.

Ca$h prizes to be won !
Bottom 4 teams:         $25
Teams ranked 4th:     $80
Team ranked 3rd:       $100
Team ranked 2nd:      $120
Team ranked 1st:       $160
Participants will be quizzed on the Stories of Prophets Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezra, peace upon all of them.

To register, eMail team information to Imam Sohail at by 9 pm, Friday, October 28. Only the first 8 teams that register will be eligible to compete.
Teams need to have a minimum of three and a maximum of four members.


MSU Muslim Studies Program and 
MSU Libraries present
Muslim Journeys 2016-17

A scholar-led book discussion series, focusing  on Islam in the U.S.  and on Muslim American literature.
In a “sneak peek” session this fall, we will read and discuss the nonfiction work 
Thomas Jefferson's Quran: Islam and the Founders, by historian Denise A. Spellberg, with lecture and discussion by Salah Hassan, associate professor of English and Muslim Studies at MSU. This session will take place on 

Wednesday, October 26, at 7pm, 
in the MSU Main Library Green Room (4th floor West side).

In 4 sessions from late January through mid-March, we will be reading and discussing The Moor’s Account (historical fiction), The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ms. Marvel (comics) and Emails from Scheherazad (poetry). These sessions will also be held on Wednesday evenings at the MSU Main Library.

All sessions are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Community members, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate. Registration is encouraged but not required.

For a full schedule and more information on the series, including how to obtain the books, go to: or contact librarian Deborah Margolis at

Sponsored by the MSU Muslim Studies Program & the MSU Libraries. Co-sponsored by the East Lansing Area Clergy Association & the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing.

Click the image above for a enlarge or click here download the flyer as a PDF file.


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


2016 Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner 
Essay Contest

Open to 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Graders and College Students
Deadline for essay submission is Monday, September 19, 2016 by 5:00 pm

9th, 10th & 11th Grade Students: 1st Place/$300 - 2nd Place/$200 - 3rd Place/$100
12th Grade and College Students: 1st Place/$500 - 2nd Place/$250 - 3rd Place/$150


MSU Muslim Studies Program Fall Newsletter and Calendar of Events


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. 

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
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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