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General Assembly and Biennial elections
7:30 pm, Friday November 17
at  the Islamic Center of East Lansing

This is an open invitation to all members in the community to attend the General Assembly of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing after the Isha prayer at 7:30 pm.

Registered Members of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing are strongly encouraged to participate in the Biennial Elections that will follow the presentations at the General Assembly.

Jihad, Isis and 
Islamic Law

Wednesday, Nov 29
12 pm to 1 pm
303 International Center

Presented by Dr. Mohammad Khalil
Director of Muslim Studies Program, MSU

Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Dates
Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers on the following dates. The project involves working with drywall.

Wednesday November 15 10am - 3pm
Thursday November 16 11am - 3pm
Friday November 17 10am - 3pm
Monday November 20 10am - 3pm
Monday November 27 10am - 3pm

Contact Imam Sohail or 

Climate Legacy Time Capsule : Michigan
Saturday · November 18 · 12 PM - 2:30 PM 
Michigan State Capitol · 110 N Capitol Ave · Lansing · MI 48933
Pre-Event capsule-item collection at the Islamic Center on Friday 

Join us as we dedicate a 50-year time capsule to record Michiganders' response to climate change, and air and water polution. We'll celebrate everything we love about our state. We'll record which of our politicians are felling short while the world burns. And we'll bury a beautiful time capsule, not to be seen again until 2067.

The event will be interactive, inspiring, and family-friendly. We'll honestly face the threat that climate change and pollution pose to our home, while ending up on the side of hope.

-An object (small enough to fit in your palm) representing "what you love and want to protect" in the face of climate change and/or pollution.
-A letter to the future written on a non-acidic paper (art paper)

We will be collecting these on Friday after the Jummah prayer until 9 pm at the Imam's office.


Alternative Holiday Sale 2017
Friday, Nov 17 5pm-9pm
Saturday, Nov 18 9am to 4pm

Edgewood United Church
469 N Hagadorn Rd, 
East Lansing, MI 48823

Alternative Holiday Sale - an annual event hosted by the Peace Education Center that supports local vendors, local economy, and peace and justice!

A Conversation on Mental Health
6 pm | Thursday, November 30 | Room 111, Berkey Hall, MSU

An engaging talk led by Ikram Adawe, a locally licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has experience working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, substance use and truama.

The event will focus on breaking social barriers and stigmas on Mental Health within the Somali/Muslim community.

Topics that will be discussed will include: Depression/Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Social Barriers within the Muslim community 


The MSU English Language Center
Scholarship Program for Mid-Michigan Refugees

In the Spring semester of 2018, the MSU English Language Center will offer full scholarships to a limited number of qualified refugee students from the Mid-Michigan area to study academic English in our Intensive English Program.
Spring 2018 - Jan. 8-April 27 
Refugee Scholarship
Admissions Secretary

Wells Hall Room B230
619 Red Cedar Rd
E Lansing, Ml 48824


Celebrate community & diversity through Art!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing
5509 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing
GALLERY OPENING November 5 | 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Featuring 3 SHOWS

1.    Refuge Lansing:  Stories of resettlement in Mid-Michigan: 

14 posters about families who have fled war and violence to make their homes near us, making Lansing the diverse, welcoming and special community that it is.Some of these new residents participate in our on-site English as a second language school. 

A book of the photos and stories will be for sale during the exhibit to raise funds for the Refugee Development Center, for $25.Erika Brown Binion from RDC will be on hand during and after the service to answer questions.

2.    PeaceQuest Art Contest submissions 

Sponsored by the Niagara Foundation to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue and to encourage cultural exchange through social, art and educational events.  

The theme of the art is Compassion in Action. The event will also feature live Turkish music and demonstration of various instruments.


3. The 7th Principle of Unitarian Universalism Photography Show

This will be on display through November, illustrating Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”  

Works are for sale, and proceeds will reimburse artists and support our Capital Campaign.  All featured artists are part of our UU Community.




We are honored to support new residents of Lansing as well as all those who seek compassion in action.


The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Annual Banquet | Sunday, November 18, 2017 | 5:30 PM 
5000 Fairlane Woods Dr. Dearborn, MI 48126


New Hijri 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)   -



Students’ Jummah
For Middle School and High School Boys and Girls
At the Islamic Center
Every Friday 3:30 pm | Starting Friday Sep 8 until November 3

Every Friday at 3:30 pm when Public Schools are in session

Starting Friday, September 8
Every Friday at 3:30 pm until November 3, 2017

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.

Sunday School
11 am | September 10

Sunday School for academic Year 2017-18 will commence at 11 am on Sunday Sep 10.

Register online or in person before the school starts on Sunday Sep 10.
Class duration- 11 am to 2 pm

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 chidren from same family

Arabic Classes to commence week of August 27
Registration ends Aug 20
at the Islamic Center
Register online:

Arabic Reading & Writing Semester 1: Thursdays, 6-7 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Semester 3: Monday 6 - 7 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 1 | Semester 1 : Wed. 6 - 7:30 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 1 | Semester 3 : Sunday 2:30 - 4 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 1 | Semester 4 : Sunday 12 - 2 PM
Arabic Reading & Writing Book 2 | Semester 2: Monday 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.
Teachers and Aides: Imam Sohail, Sumaira Sultana, Collin Lotus, Nurul Ahmad and Sajida Ahmed 
Semester Fee: $50/student. Please pay on or before the first day of class
Venue: Islamic Center of East Lansing


Youth Islamic Studies Classes to commence week of August 27
Click here to register

The Youth Islamic Studies classes will start on 
Sunday, August 27th for ages 13 and up and 
Tuesday, August 29th for ages 8 - 12! 

Students ages 8 - 12 will be covering the textbook "We Are Muslims" Chapters 20 - 25. 
Click here to purchase the book.

Students ages 13+ will be covering the seerah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the Medina era. No book is required for this course. 


Dar-Al-Quran New Semester August 12, 2017

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

Payment is due on the first day of class Aug 12, 2017

Registration is now open - Deadline: Saturday, Aug 12

Class commences- Aug 12
Registration forms are available in the office or can be submitted online by clicking here and following up with payment in person later. 

Fee is $50 per semester per student. 
Late Registration Fee - Additional $10 after Aug 12

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 17, 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:


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
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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