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Everyone is invited to Community Iftars on 
all Fridays during Ramadan
The Community Dinner are sponsored by various groups or individuals. Please join us with your families. 
Friday, May 18 - Community members from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and of other South Asian heritage.

Friday, May 25 - Turkish heritage

Friday June 1 - Somali heritage

Friday, June 8 - An individual family


Ramadan Annual Fundraising

Please join us in our fundraising efforts this Friday during the break between the Taraweeh prayers.

This is our annual fundraising effort and helps us sustain the various activities and initiate new projects.

Please donate generously as your rewards are multiplied for donating during this holy month of Ramadan.


Tafsir of the Quran

Imam Sohail will offer special lectures during the month of Ramadan on the various chapters of the Quran.
These in-depth tafsir classes are open to everyone in the community. 

Surah Al-Kafiroon ~ Fridays, at 7 pm
Sural Al-Fatiha ~ Saturdays, at 2 pm
Surah Yaseen ~ Daily after Fajr prayer


Youth Programs During Ramadan

Youth boys and girls ages 13 and over invited to attend the Qiyams, Quran study circles, iftars and days of service at the masjid.
Qiyaam  #1

May 18
after taraweeh 12:30 am -4 am

Topic: Maintaining a spiritual high during Ramadan
Speaker: Imam Sohail Chaudhry

Qiyaam  #2

May 25
after taraweeh 12:30 am -4 am

Taboo topics
Speaker: Hauwa abbas, Omar Allam
Qiyaam  #3

June 1
after taraweeh 12:30 am -4 am

Lecture topic: How does social media affect the youth today
Speaker: Dr. Farha Abbasi

Qiyaam  #4

June 8
after taraweeh 12:30 am -4 am

Lecture topic: Allah’s Love
Speaker: Esra Azim

Saturday Quran Circles 
at the Islamic Center
Date: May 19th, May 26th, June 2nd, June 9th
Time: After Asr

Wednesday Iftars (for sisters only)
Iftar #1
Location: Trappers Cove Apartments (
May 23, 8-10 pm

Iftar #2
Location: Arbor Forest Apartments
May 30, 8-10 pm

Iftar #3 (Still planning)
June 6, 8 pm -10 pm

Five Days Of Service
June 5th-June 14th (Last ten nights of Ramadan)


Nur Academy | Weekend Program Starting  this fall
Hiring Teaching Staff

Main Teacher and Teacher's Assistant Application
Requirements needed for applying:
- An education background
- Must be available starting Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
- Must be available every Saturday between 9:30 am - 2:30 pm to run the academy (for 2 hours or 5 hours if TA)
- On football game weekends the academy maybe held on a Sunday (must be available in this case)
- This is a yearly contract which may be terminated with an advance notice of one month by both parties.


1439H   ·   2018
Ramadan and Eid Dates

First day of fasting of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, May 16
Taraweeh prayers will commence after Isha on Tuesday, May 15
Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, June 15

Insha Allah

Ramadan Prayer schedule:


Guidelines during Ramadan to make your spiritual experience a fulfilling one

The following arrangements will be made during Ramadan for your safety and comfort and will start from tonight Friday, May 11 to get familiar in advance.

Parents offering Isha/Taraweeh prayers must enroll their children ages 3 to 10 by signing them in the Kids Camp at least 10 minutes prior to commencement of Isha . All children over 10 years of age must be with their parents for the entire duration of the prayers.

Male and Female monitors will be overseeing that all children ages 3 to 10 are sent to the Kids Camp and not present in the prayer area. Monitors will usher all 3 to 10 years old to the Kids Camp and report violation to IC administration and respective parents. These Monitors are your community's youth and trained for the job, please cooperate with them.

An exception can be made for children over 7 years of age, if their parents guarantee to the Entry point Security Guard that they have specifically trained their kids to pray with them during the entire prayer and they will not leave them to run or make noise after parents start praying.

Please refrain from talking in prayer hall and adjoining areas during prayer and Khatira.

Please help IC in keeping the entrance safe and tidy. Shoes must be placed in the shoe racks and make sure your children also follow your example.

Security guards will oversee parking and patrol exterior premises to ensure safety. Please observe parking rules and cooperate with the security guards as directed by them, and ensure that you and your children do not assemble in the driveways of parking lot of masjid or the next door church.

Please ensure that your children don’t wander in the neighborhood behind the Islamic Center and disrupt the tranquility of the neighborhood. Any disruption will be escalated if situation demands it.



Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2018-19
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2018-19
GLIS is a fully accredited school and prides itself in producing students that attain competitive scores in standardized tests.

Most 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. 
All the forms are available here -
or you may click on the individual links here:

Click here to download a copy of the Prospectus of the Greater Lansing Islamic School

or watch 2 short videos presented by Dr. Hassan Khalil:

Part 1: (~10 mins)

Part 2: (~9 mins)



Three Job openings at the
Greater Lansing Islamic School
The Greater Lansing Islamic School, a private K-8 school in East Lansing, Michigan, is inviting applications for the following  three positions for the academic year 2018/2019.

Deadline to apply for all positions: Friday, May 18

Position 1 - School Secretary
The school secretary performs general office duties such as managing student databases, filing, typing reports, and answering the telephone. The secretary should have strong written and oral communication skills in English, and strong computer skills.
The applicant must possess strong skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite - word, excel, publisher and G Suite (google apps). 

The applicant should have the ability to interact positively with a diverse group of people on a daily basis.

The school secretary must keep confidentiality of students, their families, and school personnel. The candidate must also understand the limits and parameters of the position.

Position 2 - Administrative Assistant
The Administrative Assistant will need to perform a range of duties in support of the principal, secretary and teaching staff during the academic year 2018/2019. The administrative assistant is the communication liaison among the families, community, students, teachers and staff.

The administrative assistant helps with student intake during the enrollment process, school arrival, end of the day dismissal, student discipline sometimes, prayer coordination, and hot lunch once per week. 

The candidate must have the ability to work while standing and the ability to multitask. The perfect candidate will possess technology skills, communication skills, time management and problem solving skills. The ability to work within the school hierarchy is essential.

Position 3 - 1st Grade Teacher

GLIS is seeking to hire a certified elementary school teacher to teach first grade students in a self-contained class. The teacher will be responsible for teaching handwriting, letter recognition, reading comprehension, basic mathematics, science, phonics, phonetics, spelling and word study skills. 

The teacher should be energetic and caring. The salary is competitive. The candidate should create a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere in the classroom. He/she should be able to listen carefully to parents’ requests and concerns. Lesson plans must be created for each class and the candidate should communicate with parents and administration about student progress and behavior. 

The candidate should be familiar with Michigan common core curriculum. The teacher should also be certified to teach in Michigan. Hours are from 8:00 to 3:50 PM Monday thru Friday.  

How to apply
To apply for the above positions, please email Resume to Dr. Jamila Jones,



Islamic Center of East Lansing
is seeking to hire a full time Office Manager

Click here to apply
 for the Office Manager position or if you have questions, please emai

Position 1 - Office Manager

The Islamic Center of East Lansing is seeking to hire a full time Office Manager. Job duties include:
* Answering phones 
* Responding to incoming email on
* Ensure office and lobby seating is kept neat and organized 
* Greeting and assisting Islamic Center office visitors 
* Provide guided tours 
* Prepare outgoing mail for distribution
* Collect and sort mail 
* Create Flyers 
* Oversees daily operations and coordinates activities and programs
* Organize and Coordinate events 
* Attend Executive Committee meetings (Bi-weekly)

Click here to apply for the Office Manager position or if you have questions, please emai



Quran Memorization and Recitation competition during Ramadan. Saturday, June 9
Stop by the Imam's office to register.


Seeking Board Members for Nur Academy
Nur Academy, a weekend educational program is starting this fall. 
Applications are invited to serve as Board members of the program.
Apply by May 4, 2018:



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



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.


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.





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.


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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