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Parking, Traffic alert
Friday, March 27
Owing to High School basketball Games at the Breslin Center, heavy traffic is expected around both the Jummah (Friday) prayer times on Friday March 27.

  • Please carpool when coming to the Jummah Prayer

  • Significantly lesser parking will be available at the University Lutheran Church as people attending the game would have parked there earlier in the day.

  • The University Lutheran Church will be charging a fee (posisbly $10). Please be prepared with change to pay the fee upon entry




  • Please give yourself extra time, both when coming to the prayer and when leaving as heavy traffic is expected on all roads leading to the Islamic Center

  • Lesser Traffic is expected during the first Jumma prayer (12:15 to 12:45) as compared to the 2nd jummah 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm) 



  • Sisters Halaqah | Friday March 27 
    Presented by Imam Sohail 
    After Maghrib Prayer | at the Islamic Center



     
    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

    Islam and Politics in the Middle East 
    Mapping and Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens
    4 pm, Monday, March 30

    303 International Center, MSU

    Presented by Professor Mark Tessler

    Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science, UM


    The lecture is free and open to public.
    You are encouraged to attend.

    4 pm, Monday, March 30

    303 International Center,  MSU


    Sponsored by the MSU Muslim Studies Program, 

    Department of Political Science and James Madison College


     
    Picture source: http://guides.library.cornell.edu/arab_spring

    Mark Tessler is Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science.  He specializes in Comparative Politics and Middle East Studies. 
    He has studied and/or conducted field research in Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza).  

    He is one of the very few American scholars to have attended university and lived for extended periods in both the Arab world and Israel.  

    He has also spent several years teaching and consulting in Sub-Saharan Africa.


     


     
    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

     

    Requirements

     - 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



    7th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
    Presented by 
    Michigan State University and The Institute of Muslim Mental Health
    Thursday March 26 - Sunday March 29
    at the Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, MI
    Conference provides public health awareness for leaders and others in Muslim communities. Research presentations on areas related to Muslim mental health issues. Support provided by the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    This year, the conference has partnered with the US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to provide a full day of training to introduce participants to Trauma Informed Congregations Community of Practice.  
    On the opening day, the conference will feature some of the most powerful advocates on trauma responsive communities, trauma informed care, suicide prevention, compassionate fatigue and vicarious trauma experiences by Imams and the clergy. 


    Faith and Healing: Moving from Trauma to Empowerment

    The Dearborn Inn
    A Marriott Hotel
    20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

    Thu, March 26
    to 
    Sat, March 28

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


    Professional Registration $150
    Student Registration $50





     

    Muslim Community of Western Suburbs invites 

    Students ages 5 to 18 

    KIDS’ SEERAH COMPETITION

    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 mcws.org/VIP

    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 mcws.seerah@gmail.com 

    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:  lansingislam.com/dl/mcws_seerah_competition_sponsorship.pdf





    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)


     

    ELCA Living Fire Ministries, the Islamic Center of East Lansing, the Red Cedar Community Association and University Lutheran Church present the 9th Interfaith Event

      Navigating Religious Exercise and Civic Engagement
    7 to 9 pm, Saturday March 28th
    University Lutheran Church | 1020 S. Harrison Rd | East Lansing

    Come and enjoy an evening of learning and discovery about the relationship between Religion & Society as  lived out within the three Abrahamic religious traditions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. There will be, an overview of the US Constitution for this topic and panelists representing each tradition's lived experience of this topic. The program consists of panelist presentations, small group discussion, and time for questions and answers.


    Panelists

    Frank S. Ravitch, Professor of Law and Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion, MSU, College of Law

    Reverend Frederick Fritz, University Lutheran Church

    Lisa L. Swem, Attorney Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

    Imam Sohail Chaudhry Islamic Center of East Lansing

    Delicious desserts & refreshments will be provided by University Lutheran Church


    This is a program begun in 2010 to coordinate public events for building a bridge of understanding and friend-ship among the communities of the Abrahamic Faiths: Muslim, Christian, Jewish and their traditions.


     
    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

    855 GROVE ST, E LANSING, MI 48823

    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 GLNAWI2004@yahoo.com




     
    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 http://cvip.isp.msu.edu, 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: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/muslim-scholars-islamic-state_n_5878038.html  

     


    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
    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/muslim-scholars-islamic-state_n_5878038.html

     



    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:  http://lansingislam.com/ps.htm

    Iqamah Time: http://lansingislam.com/iq.htm  

    (Iqamah time is when we pray in congregation in the Masjid) 


    or
    Download in following formats: 
    Excel File- http://lansingislam.com/dl/ps.xlsx
    PDF File- http://lansingislam.com/dl/ps.pdf


     
    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.  

    Year  
    1st day of
    Ramadan 
    Eid-Al-Fitr 
    Eid-Al-Adha 
    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.

    http://lansingislam.com/talking_points.htm




    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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