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Sisters' Halaqah

Friday | September 23
after Isha at 8:50 pm

Presented by 
Imam Sohail

at the Islamic Center
All sisters are encouraged to attend and benefit from this talk. 
Brothers may listen in as well.

Teach-In on the 
"Turkey Coup Attempt 
and Its Aftermath ~ 
Thousands are Purged"

Cosponsored by Talsky Center for Human Rights of women and Children and MSU Law Graduate and International Programs
Thursday | September 22 | 
12 pm

MSU College of Law Board Room (3rd Floor) 

Presented by Professors 

Seval Yildirim 
(Whittier Law School)

Emine Evered 
(MSU History) 

Timur Kocaoglu 
(MSU James Madison College)


The Muslim Students Association of 
MSU and UM 
jointly present the 
3rd Annual Rivalry Dinner

Friday | September 30 | 7 pm

at the Islamic Center Gym

General $15
MSA Members $10
Featuring special guests ~ Shaykh Ishtiaq and Leenah Safi from the Felicity Foundation - they will be hosting a joint talk surrounding the aspects of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, Eid-al-Adha, and the overarching concept of sacrifice. We will also have raffles and gelato at the end of the night! 

Islamic Studies Classes for Youth Boys and Girls 
1st Class for new Semester begins Tuesday, September 20
Presented by Imam Sohail, at the Islamic Center
Ages 8-12
Every Tuesday, starting 
September 20
Section 1: 5:30-6:30 pm 
Section 2: 6:30-7:30 pm 
Limited to 20 seats in each section.

Ages 13 and up
Every Sunday, starting 
September 25 | 5:00-6:30 pm
Fee: $50 | Contact Imam Sohail to sign up

Greater Lansing Islamic School PTO Invites the community to  
Eid Carnival ~ Sunday ~ September 25 ~ 2 pm to 5 pm
at the Islamic Center Gym
$5 per child $ | 15 per family
 Questions? eMail 


Sisters' Exercise Classes
Sundays 4 pm
Wednesdays 6 pm

Starting Wednesday September 21

at the Islamic Center Gym


Muslim Studies Program at MSU presents a panel on 

The Middle East Today
4 pm | Thursday | September 22
115 International Center
Iran-US Relations: Where do we go from here? ~ Shireen Hunter
Research Professor, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University 

The Slow Demise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria ~ Juan Cole
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan 

"Erdogan: The God that Failed" ~ 
Mohammed Ayoob 
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, MSU


Muslim Studies Program at MSU presents a panel on 
Muslims and the Upcoming Elections
Sarrah Buageila
Reseacher, ISPU

Saeed Khan
Wayne State University, Professor, Researcher ISPU, Radio host

Amer Zahr
Law Professor, Detroit Mercy, Comedian and Activist

4 pm | Thursday | September 29
136 Brody Hall


Department of Religious Studies at MSU presents a new course 
Muslims and the Cultures of US Politics (AL491)
September 21-December 7, 2016 
4:10-5:30pm, A220 Wells Hall

Taught by Professor Salah D Hassan, this 1 credit class opportunity is available to all students!

This course focuses on the ways Muslims and Islam have become a central topic in political debates among liberals and conservatives. 

Contact Rhonda Hibbitt at 517-355-0366 or email to register


Student Jummah resumes
As Public Schools have commenced their new academic year, the special jummah prayer for Public School students will be offered starting this Friday, September 9, at 3:30 pm insha Allah. This special service is meant for Public School students. 

For logistical reasons, all others should continue attending the 1st (12:15pm to 12:45 pm) or 2nd Jummah (1:45 pm - 2:15 pm).

Sunday School 2016-17
11 am | Sunday | September 18

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 children from same family

First day of class for academic year 2016-17 is Sunday September 18
Class time: 11 am to 2 pm
Register online or in person on the first day of the Sunday 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 16, 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:


Udhiyah | Qurbani 
(Sacrifice of an animal during Eid al-Adha)

Grass fed, free range, goat, lamb, sheep, cow are available from Br. Khalid Sayfullah for purchase for DIY udhiyah/qurbani or full service for additional charge. 
Contact Br. Khalid at or call 734-627-7476.

For those of you performing the sacrifice locally, we encourage you bring the 1/3 share of the sacrifice that is to be given to the needy to the Islamic Center and we will pass it on the refugee community in greater Lansing.

Perform your Udhiya via Michigan Muslim Community Council
For many years, the Michigan Muslim Community Council has collected and distributed the sacrificed meat to needy families in metro-Detroit. Over 30,000 lbs of meat are collected and distributed annually for Eidul Adha. 

The cost of each sacrifice is $160 in 2016. Click here to make your contribution today.
You may also make a check for $160 to our Islamic Center and we will get your Udhiya donation across to MMCC.


Sisters' Exercise Classes
Sundays 4 pm | Wednesdays 6 pm
Starting Wednesday September 21
at the Islamic Center Gym


2016 Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner 
Essay Contest

Open to 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Graders and College Students
Deadline for essay submission is Monday, September 19, 2016 by 5:00 pm

9th, 10th & 11th Grade Students: 1st Place/$300 - 2nd Place/$200 - 3rd Place/$100
12th Grade and College Students: 1st Place/$500 - 2nd Place/$250 - 3rd Place/$150


PEACE QUEST 2016 ~ Sep 16 - 25
The Muslim community of Greater Lansing is encouraged to participate in PEACE QUEST 2016 - a week of peace activities in the Greater Lansing area focused on practical steps we all can take to promote peace, resolve conflicts, learn about other faiths and cultures, and encourage mutual understanding. 
The week coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21. 
Click here for schedule of events: 

Imam Sohail will join area faith leaders in a “Peace Quest Day of Action”  on Sunday, September 18, to deliver a message of peace.
We encourage members of the Muslim Community to join us at this event which begins at 3 p.m on Sunday September 18.
Venue: Union Missionary Baptist Church, 500 S. Martin Luther King Blvd in Lansing (just off of 496.) 


MSU Muslim Studies Program Fall Newsletter and Calendar of Events


One Book, One Community
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist 
Sonia Nazario 

7 pm | Sunday | August 28
Hannah Community Center

Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique's Journey” will speak at this special OBOC event. 
This year’s OBOC theme is “Faces of Migration: The Human Experience” and focuses on the emotions and personal experiences of individuals on migration journeys.

This is a free event open to the public and our community is encouraged to participate.

Muslim patient barriers a challenge for health care providers
An Op-Ed in the Lansing State Journal by Dr. Khalida Zaki

Dr. Khalida Zaki is a professor emeritus in the department of sociology at Michigan State University

Greater Lansing Islamic School
Job Opening: Assistant Janitor
GLIS seeks an assistant to help the janitor clean classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and windows daily. He/she will be also be responsible for re-filling paper supplies in all bathrooms including the gym.
Applicants may contact the school Principal Dr. Jamila Jones at 517.332.3700 or via email

Job Opening at the Islamic Center of East Lansing
Property Manager  

The Islamic Center of East Lansing is interested in hiring a Property Manager. The property manager will be resposible for:

1. Responsible for maintenance in the following areas: Center main building, Islamic school building, Center owned houses, Parking lots, All center-owned grounds, Center-owned vehicles if any, Center equipment
2. General maintenance work in buildings
3. General vehicle of grounds
4. General vehicle maintenance
5. Maintenance equipment responsibilities
6. Major repairs and projects

The position of MS is largely unsupervised. It requires self-motivation, accountability for time and expenses, and integrity. While the MS is not expected to perform at super-human levels, he should put forth a reasonable effort in doing his job. Also, the MS should constantly look for projects and repairs without being instructed or informed. Much of his work should result from routine checking.

Click here for detailed job description.

Please email Resume to with the subject "Property Manager"


Arabic Class | Classes begin Mid-August | Registration ends Aug 1
at the Islamic Center
Arabic Reading and Writing - Mondays, 6-7 pm
Arabic  Grammar Level 1  - Sundays, 2.30 - 4 pm
Arabic Grammar Level 2 - Sundays, 12 - 2 pm
Arabic Grammar Level 4 - Mondays, 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.

Instructor: Imam Sohail Chaudhry
Assistant Teacher and Aides: Sumaira Sultana, Collin Lotus, Mujiburohman Abas
Semester Fee: $50/student 


Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2016-17
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2016-17
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. 

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
Jul 16, 2016
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Jul 16, 2016
Registration deadline: Saturday, July 23
Class commences- Jul 16
Class Times - Saturdays 12 pm to 2 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. 

We Are All One | Saturday, October 1 | 10 AM - 5 PM
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

Drop-in Artist & Crafter Recruitment for the We Are All One Arts & Crafts Fair
Recruitment on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6-7pm, at Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S. Harrison, East Lansing MI 48823
As an alternative to the application process, just stop by with three pieces of your artwork / craftswork and your $40 table fee.
You will receive on-the-spot notification of whether you are accepted to participate in the fair.

This is a multicultural event, that is bringing together artists from all cultures. We are working from the premise that art and culture bridge the gap between diverse groups to bring connections and to foster acceptance in our community. 

If you wish to display at the Art Fair, please click here  email to request an application. 

We are also looking for promotional sponsors (no money needed), your information and logo will be on our flyers, and we will put your flyers/pamphlets on our information table.

Application fee of $40 includes one 8-foot folding table.
Application deadline: August 1, 2016


Register to Vote at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

As you may be aware, the elections this year are very contentious. Our very existence as American Muslims has been challenged by some of the Presidential candidates.

In order that we can live with dignity and to ensure a safe environment for our children in future, we need to ensure that some of these politicians don't trample upon our rights.

We need to be counted at the ballot box. And you need to register to vote in order for that to happen.

We at the Islamic Center can facilitate that for you. Stop by and pick up a form or read the section below if you prefer to to do-it yourself.
Join the US Council of Muslim Organization's drive to register a Million Muslim Voters this election cycle.
Important deadlines
August 2, 2016 State Primary Election - registration deadline is July 5, 2016

November 8, 2016 State General Election - registration deadline is October 11, 2016
Are you Registered to Vote?

To check if you are already registered to vote, please click the following link and enter your information:  
Register to Vote now
Stop by the Islamic Center's office or the Imam's office or at the voter registration tables that will be set up at the Islamic Center to pick up a voter registration form. 
You may also obtain it online by clicking here:
To register to vote, you must be ALL of the following:
• A U.S. citizen
• A resident of Michigan
• A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
• At least 18 years old by Election Day (Those who are 17 years old, but will be 18 by election day may register by the deadline for that specific election.)

Did you move to a different city or change address?
Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. 
If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be completed online via, through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State branch office, or by mail.

Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver's license purposes.
Consequently, if you submit a driver's license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration.
Similarly, if you submit a voter registration address change, it will be applied to your driver's license.

Requests Received
Host Family Wanted
Host family needed for a High School age girl from Indinesia who will be here in the US in a study abroad program.
Please contact Christine Wacholz at
231.675.2465 and copy on your email.

She is a wonderful young woman, she plays the piano, loves small children, enjoys track and sports and would like to study at Harvard and then become a diplomat with the United Nations.
English should be the main language in the home that is seeking to host her.

MSU Research Student seeks candidates from interfaith families for interview

Emma Pittsley, a student research assistant for the Religious Soundmap Project, Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University, would like to research and record what religion sounds like to interfaith families. 

This would be more than a one-time recording, Emma would like to be able to interview a family, spend time with them, and record however religion appears in their lives. If you fit this profile or know of any families who are interfaith (whether this be a couple with different faiths, parent and child, or any other combination) who you think might be interested in contributing to this research project, Emma would like to come to a service where she could meet and talk with the family.

Please contact Emma Pittsley at and copy on your email.


Huffington Post report on Islamic Center hosting Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing

ISNA Offers Condolences to the Families of the Orlando Shooting Victims
(Plainfield, IN 06/12/16) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is outraged by the horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida.

We stand with the victims of this senseless act of violence and mourn with the families of the victims and pray for their ease and comfort during this time of difficulty.

In a statement, ISNA President Azhar Azeez said:
"ISNA sends its condolences and prayers to the families of the victims. We urge the community to stand united against all acts of violence."

We encourage our members to donate to help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families and our members in Florida to visit a blood center today to donate blood to help the victims of the shooting.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.

- END - CONTACT: Faryal Khatri, ISNA Communications Department, 317-373-0246,

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
2016 Mon, June 6 Wed, July 6
Lansing Center
Mon, Sept. 12
Lansing Center
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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