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Ramadan and Eid-Al-FItr ~1439H ~ 2018
Townhall ~ after the Maghreb prayer ~ 9 pm, Friday, April 27 

In order to maintain the calm during the program, programs have been arranged for children in the Gym area. Kindly register your children in the kids program before heading to the townhall.



Islamic center has adopted the following new and improved parking and building entrance rules with immediate effect
  • No drop off in front of main entrance
  • Use Drop off lane next to the main entrance
  • SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY/EXIT: all entry and exit to and from masjid will be through the main lobby. The side door leading to men’s shoe area is closed for general use.
Please Follow the Posted Signs
Islamic Center Safety Committee


Let's Catch the Sun !
An informational presentation on how to go Solar
12 pm to 1 pm · Saturday · April 28
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing ~ Open to the public

The Islamic Center East LansingHaslett Community Church and theUniversity Lutheran Church are pleased to host an informational presentation on “going solar”. 

Whether for a home-based project or a larger institutional system, photovoltaic panels provide renewable energy to advance us to a green future. 
This one-hour presentation will include information about :
  • Recent photovoltaic installations in the greater Lansing area
  • Names of current installers who are active in the area, and can install systems for $3/Watt or less. 
  • Attendees will learn how home-based systems are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit to help pay for the solar project.
Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Send an email to
Dr. David Arnosti - 
Judy Kindel -
This series is organized by Solarize Meridian, the Green Teams of the Islamic Center East LansingHaslett Community ChurchUniversity Lutheran Church and Michigan Interfaith Power & Light.

Ultimate Jeopardy !
2:30 pm · Sunday · April 29
Open to the Entire Community ~ 3 age groups

Sign-up here: 

This time around we are opening up jeopardy for the entire community! 

Teams will be divided into 3 different ages groups:
Ages 8-12, 13-17 and 18+

Only the first 8 teams to register per age group will get a chance to play. 

There are cash prizes to be won: 
Each age group will be ranked 1st, 2nd & 3rd place:

Team ranked 1st: $180
Team ranked 2nd: $100
Team ranked 3rd: $50

Access Book Here:


MSA of MSU's annual
Unity Dinner
6 pm · Sunday · April 22

Kellog Center
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing

The MSU MSA is hosting our 18th Annual Unity Dinner, and it's going to be the biggest and best one yet! Join us for dinner as we celebrate MSA's past year with performances, skits, a keynote address from Sheikh Ishtiaq, and much more!




Qur'an Tajweed & 
Memorization Competition

Organized by the 
Greater Lansing Islamic School
Open to all children in the community 

May 9th and 10th
Registration Deadline - April 20

Click here for registration form, rules of the competition and list of surahs by age group

To register or if you have questions, you may stop by the Greater Lansing Islamic School during school hours on weekdays or email Sr. Raghda Khatib




Click here to watch Imam Sohail's 101 on Jihad Explained - what it means, what scripture says and how it is interpreted by some, and abused by some others.



Al Maghrib Seminar
May 4 - 6 | Detroit


If you’ve been trying to get spiritually unstuck... ...attend this seminar led by Imam Suleiman Hani


Volunteers Needed to assist during Ramadan

Ramadan is just around the corner. 

We are going to need a team to run the various programs during this month !

Sign-up here: 

Incentive: For those of you who volunteer we will offer volunteering hours from the Islamic Center and throw a Eid party dinner to thank all our amazing volunteers!
May Allah reward you all for your efforts.




Felicity 2018 Retreat
May 4 - 6
Camp Burt Shurly

A weekend spiritual retreat/camp that would connect Muslim college students across Southeastern, MI (and potentially beyond). It is not an intensive or conference, but its goal is to create a spiritual environment for attendees that would encourage students to stay connected to Islam for the duration of the school year.


Michigan Muslim Capitol Day 
9am to 2pm · Wednesday · May 9
Michigan State Capitol · 100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Register here: 

Cost: $10/person payable onsite

MMCC - Michigan Muslim Community Council and  Emgage: Empowering Engaged Muslim Americans invites you to a day for the Muslim community across Michigan to meet their elected officials and discuss important issues. 

As a participant you will have the opportunity to attend State House and Senate sessions and enjoy lunch with leading allies!

We are also seeking local volunteers to help with the event. See Hauwa Abbas in the Islamic Center office or submit a form online 
For more information, please contact





CAIR Michigan Banquet

Featuring Shaun King

2:00 pm  ·  Sunday · April 22

Burton Manor Banquet Center
27777 Schoolcraft Rd. · Livonia

You are encouraged to attend the banquet to support CAIR Michigan to support their grassroots civil rights and advocacy efforts.


1439H   ·   2018
Ramadan and Eid Dates

First day of fasting of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, May 16
Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, June 15
Insha Allah


Student Jummah
Fridays ~ 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

For Middle School and High School Boys and Girls
At the Islamic Center

For logistical reasons, student jummah is meant only for Public School students.
All others should continue attending the regular Jummah at the following times:
1st Service - 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm | 2nd Service - 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm

Students attending MacDonald middle school and East Lansing Public can take the school bus that will drop them off at the Islamic Center in time for the student Jummah.

Want to be politically active locally? 
Join our efforts to empower ourselves.

Do you want Muslims be a treated with dignity and have a voice in decision making by our elected officials? Do you care for the well being and prosperity of the community at large?

Join our local Political Action Committee. Click here to reply to this eMail requesting to be notified of events and action items pertaining to our local, state and nation wide political activities. 

Example activities:
  1. Meet and greet candidates running for public office.
  2. Roundtables, panels and discussion with candidates.
  3. Fundraising for candidates of your liking.
  4. Mobilize others to become a force for positive change.
  5. Help get out the vote.
There is no commitment to participate in any of the activities. By replying to this emailyou are merely electing to be notified of events and activities that are fall outside the realm of our non-profit status of operation and therefore, you will be notified via alternate channels.
The Political Action Committee is an independent body, operating outside of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing.


Marriage Profile
As a follow up to launch of the Matrimonial Services offered by the Islamic Center of East Lansing under the auspices of Imam Sohail's office, potential candidates are encouraged to register their profiles by submitting a form onlilne.



New Semester Commences Jan 13

Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran 

Payment is due on the first day of class Jan 13, 2018

Classes are held every Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm.

The Halima Project
Refugee Mentoring Program

Refugee children face many challenges when transitioning into their new homelands. The Halimah Project aims to help them assimilate in the society.

How you can help
Help the students with their homework
Help them with Islamic Studies and Quran reading.
Engage them in Fun activities.
Do some arts and crafts with them.

If you are unable to help the program with your time and skills, you can support it monetarily by making a check to the Islamic Center and mentioning "Halimah Project Donation" in the memo or click here to Donate online towards it.

Contact Nour Abu-Haltam or Hauwa Abbas to sign-up by emailing


Recent presentations by Imam Sohail
Click on the image below or the link below it for the talks.


Prayer Schedule ~ 1439 | 2017-18
Pick up your Free Copy of the Prayer Schedule 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)   -



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
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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