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Youth and the Messenger of Allah
presented by Imam Sohail | at the Islamic Center
8:15 pm | Friday | Oct 20

Let us learn from examples from the life and traditions of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him.
Suitable for: This will be a beneficial course for parents, adults who interact with youth like teachers and the youth themselves who will be introduced to the youth around the Messenger.

Nominations now open | Until 8 pm, Wednesday, Nov 1
for electing officers to the various positions of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing and the Greater Lansing Islamic School Committee

Sunday, October 15 
until 8 pm, Wed Nov 1

Elections will be held on November 17, 2017 (5:30-8:30 pm) insha Allah. 

Nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2017 (8:00 pm).


Nomination forms may be cast in the donation box labeled as Election Nomination Forms at the Islamic Center. 

Nominations can be submitted online or by downloading and casting it in paper form.


Important Note: Please obtain consent of your nominee and their contact information prior to nominating.

Please read the Constitution and Election By-Laws to ensure your nominee’s eligibility to hold office.

“Pre-game” with Hanif J. Williams!
Hosted by Michigan State Muslim Students' Association
Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM - 9 PM
109 South Kedzie, MSU, E Lansing, MI 48824
Youth relationships, marriage, inter-racial marriage, and financial and emotional stability when encountering marriage whilst young are all hot topics we’ve been facing in our communities today! But how do we really tackle and understand these situations? Is there a better way? The Spartan Muslims have arranged a “Pre-game” with Hanif J. Williams on Oct. 19th to address exactly that!


MSU's Muslim Journeys/Great Michigan Read event
Wednesday · October 25 · 7pm · MSU Main Library
Free, open to all · Community is encouraged to participate.
Part of the 2017-2018 MSU Muslim Journeys scholar-led book discussion series. 

The MSU Libraries and MSU Muslim Studies Program invite you to participate in the "Muslim Journeys / Great Michigan Read" featuring "X: A Novel" by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.

Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time. Copies of the book X can be borrowed from the MSU Main Library Patron Services desk.

We will begin with a short lecture from Dr. Austin Jackson, followed by smaller group book discussions facilitated by MSU graduate students. We will end by reconvening for discussion and questions with Dr. Jackson. 

This event is FREE and open to the public! Light refreshments will be provided. 

Free parking near the Main Library after 6pm, including in Stadium Lot 62E (employee lot) on Red Cedar Rd.

Questions? Contact librarian Deborah Margolis at or 517-884-0892 
The event is Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing and the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing.


In Conversation with Novelist Fartumo Kusow
Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
East Lansing Public Library | 950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing
Hosted by Paula Feddor Frantz and Yasmina Bouraoui

Copies of the novel are available at the Islamic Center office for purchase for $20. Stop by the office or email to setup a time to pick it up.

FARTUMO KUSOW will present a short talk providing the historical context for Tale of a Boon's Wife - Somalia from 1976 until 2003, a period marked by severe political change. The presentation will illustrate the way in which the tribal system works as a foundation for all social functions in Somalia and how certain tribes are considered unworthy of any type of contact or relationships by other tribes. The issue of otherness and how the term is defined depending on the point of view of the person defending it will be explored, and how we in North America are grappling with the same issues of exclusion, class, prejudice, and the question of who can be part of a nation. 


Annual Unity Banquet | Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 5:30 PM 
Burton Manor | 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48150


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


Flu shot clinic at the Islamic Center
Friday | October 20
12:30 pm to 3 pm

Vaccination for flu is highly recommended for the public. 
Your Pharmacy is offering Vaccination at the Islamic Center.
Most health insurance policies cover 100% of the cost of flu shots.
If an individual does not have health insurance, cost of the vaccination is $20. 


Youth Jeopardy Style Quiz Contest !!

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

Ca$h prizes to be won !
Teams ranked 8th:     $20
Team ranked 7th:       $40
Team ranked 6th:       $60
Team ranked 5th:       $80
Teams ranked 4th:     $100
Team ranked 3rd:       $120
Team ranked 2nd:      $160
Team ranked 1st:       $200
Participants will be quizzed on the life Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. 

Click here to access PDF version of the book
 to prepare for the contest.

To register, click here - send an eMail with team information to Imam Sohail at by 8 pm, Sunday, October 22. 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.

Islamic Society of Greater Lansing 
2017 General Assembly and Election Schedule

Imam’s Special Khutba, Membership Drive Starts September 29 
Election Committee Formed
October 1 
Start Nominations Invite 
October 15
Membership Registration Deadline
Dues must be paid by this deadline 
7pm November 1 
Finalize Nominations
7 pm November 3
Final List of eligible Candidates
7 pm November 5
Candidate Address Town Hall
After Isha 7:30 pm November 10
Election Day November 17 
November 17
General Assembly
8pm -10pm November 17
Election Results Announcement
After General Assembly, November 17


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

The MSU Muslim Studies Program presents ~ American. Muslim.
The remarkable stories of Talat Hamdani and Richard McKinney
Thursday, September 28th at 7pm
MSU International Center, Room 115

On 9/11, Talat Hamdani's son ran toward the Twin Towers to save lives. He died in the process. 

Richard Mckinney is a longtime US veteran. He went from hating Muslims to becoming president of his local mosque.


Save the date | PeaceQuest 2017 | Week of September 17-24

PeaceQuest 2017 will kick-off with a family fun Peace Quest “Day of Action” on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace and will be followed by a week of events in the Greater Lansing area.

"Day of Action" will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 at the Cherry Lane Field” on MSU campus at Harrison and Wilson Road and is FREE TO ALL, including parking across the street at the houses of faith along Harrison Road (list will be posted on web site.)

It will begin with a march followed by peace-related activities for all ages, including music, art, yoga, games, and food. FREE. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Participants are invited to wear attire that expresses their nationality, school, community of faith, team, as well as peace related tees, hats, signs for the peace march (with accessible path.)

PeaceQuest is hosted by the Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Peace Education Center, Niagara Foundation Michigan, and Shalom Center for Justice and Peace.

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The Blessing of Being Part of Mid-Michigan
May Allah bless all of you during this Ramadan.  I want the community to know how valued they are in the Mid-Michigan community.  Beyond the Annual Mayor's Ramadan Unity Dinner that will be held this year July 13, 2017, we need to appreciate how much the Mid-Michigan has stood by the Muslim Community in Mid-Michigan.  

Earlier this year when President Donald Trump threatened to impose travel bans that clearly targeted us specifically, various political, community, and religious leaders went to their elected representatives and sent letters to the courts opposing this ban.  Mid-Michigan stood in solidarity with us because they
 knew once one group was targeted by people in power, it is a very small step towards targeting others.  

When the refugee ban was being instituted by the same Administration, the leadership of the All Faiths Alliance for Refugees, which has members that are Evangelical, Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and others, held a rally at our Islamic Center to signifies that America is a country that welcomes people from around the world to come here to live free and be happy.  

Over the weekend, the groups that represent racism and hate reared their ugly head again when ACT for America tried to hold supposed Anti-Sharia Law rallies across the country and hear in Lansing.  Those same politicians, religious leaders, and community leaders through organizations such as Meta Peace Team, IRRC, and so many others came together to shielded us fro the hateful vitriol of the protesters. 

A counter rally opposing them was at least 10 times larger than ACT for America's rally.  They not only held a rally in South Lansing but held a second rally the same day at the State Capitol called "Wash away the Hate".  

Our non-Muslim neighbors and friends organized neighborhood watches to make sure no one vandalized or harmed their Muslim neighbors homes and businesses.  They provided transportation to and from places to make sure they felt safe.  They created a network that announced to the world that "We are One Community United".  Mayor Virg Bernero stated on local, regional, and national media that Lansing will not tolerate hate toward Muslims.  East Lansing City Councils and Other City Councils passed resolutions to stand for all Americans including the Muslim Community.  Pastor Kit Carlson and other Religious Leaders opened up their places of worship for anyone seeking refuge from our community. Our next door University Lutheran Church has been a bedrock of support to us. 

Senator Gary Peters sent his staff to make sure they knew that elected officials on a national level stood with and by us.  State Rep. Sam Singh and Abdullah Hammoud made proclamations on the house floor of our state government that indicate the importance of the Muslim community to the State of Michigan. 
This is the beauty of the community we live in.  We are blessed by Allah SWT to be here.  We are not alone.  Make sure you take care of your neighbors like they have taken care of us. The traditions of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, was to makes sure his neighbors were never in need regardless of their faith.  

Be proud you are Muslim.  Be proud you are American.  Let us be an active part of this Mid-Michigan Community.  The lessons of Ramadan go beyond these days that we fast.  People come to love and respect Islam because Muslims act in a way to be vital and essential to the community.  We are part of the American Fabric.  May Allah bless all who make up this great Mid-Michigan community.
Abdalmajid Katranji, MBA MD
Public Relations Coordinator, Islamic Society of Greater Lansing



Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2017-18
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2017-18
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. 
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


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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