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A Weekend of activity with the 

Islamic Leadership of America
Friday April 17 - Sunday Apr 19
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

Different Sessions for Youth Boys and Girls 
and for Parents
We have a guest speaker visiting us from 
Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19

Brother Ayman Nassar will deliver the khutba on Friday April 17 and also offer the following programs

A talk between Maghrib and Isha for all Brothers and Sisters on 
Friday April 17, 8:30 pm
"Make the Click Bridge the Gap"

A Project Management Workshop for Youth 
Saturday April 18, 12 pm to 4 pm
for Youth Boys and Girls ages 14 to 18
email to register (free) your son/daughter

A talk between Maghrib and Isha for all Brothers and Sisters on 
Saturday April 18, 8:30 pm
"Family Leadership"

Sunday 11 am - 2 pm
Simply Internet (COM107) - 
Ages 10-14
Free. Walk-in. Parents welcome too.

Boko Haram and the Nigerian Crisis
Saturday, April 18, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

How can Americans, people of faith, and others, respond in peaceful, responsible, ethical, and caring ways to support hundreds of thousands of Nigerians of goodwill - Christian and Muslim - caught in a crisis of global proportions? 
Gain insight by attending a Panel Presentation
6:00 pm - Gathering
6:30 pm - Panel Presentation
8:15 pm - Conclusion with an interfaith prayer for Nigeria

Cliff Kindy, a Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries worker recently returned from northeastern Nigeria where he did relief work. 

Thasin Sardar, Outreach Coordinator for the East Lansing Islamic Center. 

Dauda Abubakar, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies (from Nigeria) at the University of Michigan - Flint.

Paul Brun Del Re, Peace Education Center Board Member 

Sponsored by: 

All Saints Episcopal Church

Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Edgewood United Church Justice and Peace Task Force

Greater Lansing United Nations Association

Haslett Community Church

Islamic Center of East Lansing

Lansing Church of the Brethren

Michigan Conference United Church of Christ

Michigan District Church of the Brethren

MSU African Studies Center

MSU Muslim Studies Center

Pax Christi Michigan

Peace Education Center

People's Church (East Lansing)

Red Cedar Friends Meeting Peace & Social Justice Committee

Shalom Center for Justice and Peace (Central United Methodist Church)

Social Action Committee of the UU Church of Greater Lansing and others

Community Dinner
6:30 pm, Friday, April 17
at the Islamic Center
You are invited to join the community for a Dinner at the Islamic Center 
at 6:30 pm on Friday April 17

Tickets are available 
at the Islamic Center office

Singles - $5 
Family - $25 (up to 6 members)
Children under 4 - Free

Tickets will cost more at the door: $7 for Singles and no discount for families after 3 pm Friday Apr 17.
Questions? eMail

Class for New Muslims
Sunday April 19, 10:30 am
A new class is being offered for those who accepted Islam recently.
The first session will take place at the Islamic Center on Saturday April 19 at 10:30 am.

There is no fee, but registration is required. 

Questions? eMail

GLIS Quran Memorization and Recitation Competition
May 6, 7
Registration Deadline: April 17
The Greater Lansing Islamic School invites students to take part in the annual Qur'an Memorization and Recitation Competition

Open to all children in the community 
ages 4- 15.

Date: May 6th and May 7th, 2015

Registration deadline : April 17th, 2015

Islam 101 ~ An open invitation to friends and neighbors
Sunday April 5 | 2:30 pm | at the Islamic Center

Do you have friends, neighbors, coworkers or classmates who want to inquire about Islam ? 
Would they like to know how Islam fits in the society today?
What is Jihad? Who is Muhammad? What do Muslims believe about Jesus? What is the Quran ? 

Imam Sohail will provide an introduction to Islam and answer questions in a very casual setting.

The Islam 101 sessions will be held the first Sunday of every month.
Please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone who may benefit from it.

Sunday, April 5 | 2:30 pm | at the Islamic Center
An Open invitation


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


Muslim Community of Western Suburbs invites 

Students ages 5 to 18 


PART 2 - MUSA (as) & ISA (as)

MAY 2nd | 8:00am - 6:00pm | @ MCWS | $10/student

Ages: 5 and 18 years old

For more information and to register, please visit

The competition is for students ages 5-18 yrs old. 
Participants are categorized into 4 levels according to their grade in school and are assigned books and study guides from which to prepare for the competition.

MCWS is also offering free coaching sessions for the students on Saturdays - March 28April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The event takes an enormous amount of effort to organize and execute. TO volunteer please email 

It also costs significant amount to coach, conduct and reward the students for participating and competing to win. To help with this, MCWS needs sponsors. Click here for a sponsorship form:

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

7 pm Sunday, March 15 
Join our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church
to watch a 4-part documentary series 
Standing on Sacred Ground

Sunday March 15th

7p.m. to 8:45p.m. (doors open at 6:30p.m.)              

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing  

855 Grove St, E Lansing 

The program is Free and this is an Open Invitation to all 


Parking: in Church Lot and in the E. Lansing Public Library lots on Library Lane; park on Grove Street for barrier free.

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND, is a documentary series portraying indigenous people in eight parts of the world struggling to protect sacred lands and cultures, while defending their human rights, and the natural environment critical to their cultural heritage. The first of four films, PILGRIMS AND TOURISTS focuses on native Altaian people in remote regions of Russia confronting GasProm and its proposed pipeline, and the Winnemem Wintu, an unrecognized tribe in northern California’s Mt Shasta region where raising the dam is proposed. After the showing, you’ll have an opportunity to talk with Jennifer Castner, director of the Altai Project.

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

The Greater Lansing Islamic School invites students to take part in the annual Qur'an Memorization and Recitation Competition. 

Open to all children in the community ages 4- 15.
Date: May 6th and May 7th, 2015
Registration deadline : April 10th, 2015

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
Jan 10 - Mar 28, 2015
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Jan 10, 2015
Class Dates - January 10 to March 28
Class Times - Saturdays 11 am to 1 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. 

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
Causeway Bay Hotel and
Conference 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. 

"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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