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 Healing Our Families from Lust
Saturday | February 25 | 1:30 pm to 3 pm 

Brother Bara Aldasouqi will be hosting a workshop titled Healing Our Families from Lust, where he will teach community members how to help someone, such as a friend or family member, who may be struggling with an addiction to lust. 

The workshop is sponsored by Purify Your Gaze, which provides education and support to help Muslims who are struggling with addiction find healing.


All Faith Prayer Vigil for Refugees
held at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

We are extremely grateful to the various faith groups and the several hundreds of members of the community that came to the Islamic Center on Monday, February 20 to pray for refugees in our community and all over the world, our Muslim sisters and brothers, and our President and leaders.  

Lansing State Journal Report:
East Lansing Info Report:


9th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
By MSU Department of Psychiatry
APRIL 13-14, 2017, East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place |  300 M.A.C. Avenue, E. Lansing MI 48823.
Special group rate - $140/night, includes wi-fi, parking. Book by March 1 to get this rate.



Federal appeals court decides to maintain the freeze on the controversial “Muslim ban” Executive Order

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),  tonight welcomed a federal appeals court’s decision to maintain the freeze on the controversial “Muslim ban” executive order, which barred entry into the United States by refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today upheld a lower court’s ruling putting Trump’s travel ban on hold.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said, “This victory should not lead to complacency. This and other Trump administration orders and policies still pose a threat to communities of color, religious minorities, women, and others.”

The administration is expected to escalate the case to the Supreme Court. The case is thus far from over, but travel will be permitted until then. People with valid visas and entry documents from who were barred from entering the U.S. previously may now enter the country.


We thank our local city governments, school boards, faith communities, neighbors, friends and allies for their support and solidarity with the Muslim community of greater Lansing.
We would like to share some of the resolutions, statements of support, press releases, and media reports below. 

There are many others that have issued statements and letters of support, as well as some who have sent us emails, gifts, flowers and expressed their love and support on Social Media. We are thankful to all of them.

May Allah bless all of you for your kindness.


East Lansing City Council Adopts Resolution Affirming Commitment to Civil Liberties for all People

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Thank you Mayor Mark Meadows and the City Council Members - 
Ruth Beier, Mayor Pro Tem Erik AltmannShanna Draheim and Susan W. Woods for your support and solidarity.


Lansing Mayor releases statement regarding immigrants and refugees

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero hosted a community dialogue and planning session with local advocates, educators, and leaders from the faith-based community about President Trump's executive orders regarding immigrants and refugees.
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East Lansing Board of Education resolution affirms its commitment to a safe and supportive school environment for all students, regardless of immigration status


City Leaders Standing Up Against Immigration Ban

City leaders, faith leaders, educators, social workers brainstormed at an emergency summit to manage the fallout from the ban on Muslims from certain countries and complete stoppage of refugees from entering the U.S. 


Action of Greater Lansing held a press conference to support Muslims and immigrants.

Action for Greater Lansing focuses on access to specialized healthcare for all children, enforcing basic human rights for all people, including immigrant, and pursues an end to systemic racism in Mid-Michigan.
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MSU students, faculty, staff and community, led by the Muslim Students Association hold a rally - No Ban, No Wall: Spartans for Sanctuary and Solidarity Rally


Local TV and News reports: The East Lansing Islamic community reacts to travel ban Community reacts to travel ban

Thank you everyone for your support and solidarity.
May God bless you all.

Travel Ban Advisory
If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are returning to the US in the coming days, please have our numbers on hand (CAIR Michigan 248-559-2247, CAIR National: 202.488.8787)

Please read the advisory below and also keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options.
  • If you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S.

  • If you do plan to travel back to the US, you should fill out a USCIS G-28 form first that officially appoints an attorney to represent you in immigration situations and have that completed form with you as you board your flight.
  • The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely.

Other info:
If you are non-citizen, even green card holder (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named, and you are ALREADY INSIDE the U.S., plan to DELAY all international travel for at least 90 days. 

There is speculation that other nations being added such as Pakistan, Egypt, and Lebanon soon but these are not substantiated reports.  Nevertheless it is prudent to delay travel if you suspect your country of nationality is at risk of being added.

If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named, and you are OUTSIDE of the U.S., you will face issues at the airport upon attempting to re-enter the US.


Non-citizens must answer questions asked by border agents.  Give brief answers and never lie.  You may also be asked to provide your social media information and phone.  It is not clear whether this is prohibited for non-citizens; therefore you should comply or risk being turned away at the border.

Citizens must identify themselves to a border agent; therefore basic questions on where they live and their name are valid questions that should be answered in primary screening.  If you are subjected to a secondary screening you can refuse to answer further questions.  Citizens have a right of re-entry and you can assert that right.  You and your property may be searched.  If a border agent asks you for passcodes or passwords for your devices you do not need to provide them.  If the agent asks for your social media account information you do not need to provide it and should not provide it.

Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are returning to the US in the coming days, please have our numbers on hand (CAIR Michigan 248-559-2247, CAIR National: 202.488.8787)

Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should consult with an attorney before speaking to them. Get copies of business cards of all law enforcement officials if you can. 


Travel  Advisory in light of the Muslim Ban 
Courtesy of St. Vincent Catholic Charities
Lawful permanent residents from the 7 affected countries are 
strongly advised not to leave the country.

Questions? eMail


MSU Muslim Studies Program and MSU Libraries present
Muslim Journeys ~ scholar-led book discussion series Spring 2017
All sessions will be held at the MSU Main Library

Our aim is to bring the campus and community together to read and learn about the diversity of Muslim American history, culture, and literature. Our co-sponsors are the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing and the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, and the MSU Comics Forum.
February 8 - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
February 22 - Ms. Marvel: No Normal (comics)
March 15 - E-mails from Scheherazade (poetry) 
April 12th - Poetry reading by Amir Sulaiman
Each session will begin with a short lecture from a scholar, followed by smaller group book discussions, and ending with questions and answers. The smaller group discussions will be facilitated by MSU graduate students in fields including Education, History, and English. Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, and to attend as many sessions as possible.
All sessions are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Community members, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate. There is ample free parking near the Main Library after 6pm, including in Stadium Lot 62E (employee lot) on Red Cedar Rd.
The books will be available for purchase at Schuler’s and Everybody Reads, and will be available for reading “on reserve” at the MSU Main Library Circulation Desk. Please see  for information about each book including direct links to order the books via MelCat free interlibrary loan. Advance registration is encouraged at


Sister Karen Keyworth has passed away.
Janaza prayer 1 pm, Tuesday, 
January 31, 2017
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing
920 South Harrison, East Lansing, MI
May Allah shower his mercy upon her and grant her the highest place in jannah.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sister Karen Keyworth around 7 pm on Monday, January 30. 

Sister Karen was the founding Principal of the Greater Lansing Islamic School when it was started back in 1996. 

She cared deeply for the community as a whole and was an active member, advocating for women's rights and causes. 

She was a fearless leader and outspoken on race issues and any forms of infringements of rights of any people. She encouraged dialogue, bridge building and interfaith harmony.

A mentor to many young members of the community, she inspired many of them build their careers and grow into fine young leaders.
She was loved by everyone and will be deeply missed. 

The picture above shows Sister Karen Keyworth being honored with a lifetime achievement award for her immense contributions, by the Islamic Society of North America at the 2015 ISNA Educational Forum. She was a pioneer in the field of education and a co-founder of The Islamic Schools League of North America.

The janaza prayer (funeral prayer) will be offered at the Islamic Center of East Lansing after the Zuher prayer at 1 pm on Tuesday, January 31 insha Allah (God willing).
The website / facebook page will be updated in the event of the weather preventing the burial as planned.

Sister Karen Keyworth is survived by her husband Fuad Al-Kabour, children Hannah, Maryam, Mohammed, Sarah and son's-in-law, Mike Butler, Fahad Alahssaie and Tariq Al-Rasheed, daughter-in-law is Amna Fatani and newborn grandson, Khalid Al-Rasheed.
You may leave a message of remembrance for them at

Questions? eMail


More than 8,000 rally at Capitol
The March on Lansing which was a sister event to the March on Washington.

Adopting a fiery tone, Dr. Farha Abbasi addressed the crowd: “My fellow peacemakers and my sisters, they say a political storm is brewing.I say the storm is already here. We are the storm.”


Arabic Class Spring Semester | Classes begin January 16
at the Islamic Center
Register online:

Reading and Writing Semester 2 (Mondays, 6 - 7 pm) starts Jan 16
Grammar Book 1 Semester 2 (Sundays, 1.30 - 3 pm) starts Jan 22
Grammar Book 1 Semester 3 (Sundays, 11 - 1 pm) starts Jan 22
Grammar Book 2 Semester 1 (Mondays, 7 - 8.30 pm) starts Jan 16

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


Al Maghrib Seminar | February 24 - 26
“Trends: Fiqh of Fashion and Clothing” | by Shaykh Saad Tasleem
Location: (Friday) at MCM- Farmington Hills
(Sat-Sunday) at Henry Ford Community College

For Financial Aid, Babysitting, carpooling, travel accommodations & more, visit

Description: How fashion can bring you closer to Allah. In fact... what if it feel like a natural extension of your Muslim identity? Can you be trendy and a good Muslim? It comes to a surprise to many that Islam doesn’t teach us what to wear. It only gives us guidelines...and the creativity is left up to us. 

This will be a colorful eye-opening experience for both the advanced student of knowledge AND the beginner as we look at the textual things like: Entering the fashion industry and modeling, Men's Hijab, skinny jeans, and hairstyles, Impact of hair oils and gels on wudu, Muslim women's representation in pop culture and social media and so much more!

In this One-Weekend seminar you will focus on finding your identity as a Muslim living in the West, being comfortable in your own skin, whether it’s in a masjid or on the street. It’s about understanding what you can take from the cultures we live in and make it our own as practicing Muslims. It’s about coming closer to Allah by understanding the significance and value of the clothing you wear. Even better, you'll learn from one of AlMaghrib Institute's most beloved instructors, Shaykh Saad Tasleem!


Since the day of the election, over 300 hate incidents have been reported nationally. This tally does not include several other acts of bullying and micro-aggression's that are taking place in different parts of the country, including schools. We pray to Allah to keep us, and our communities safe. 

We are fortunate to be surrounded by loving and caring neighbors, friends, institutions and local governments. We are extremely grateful to all of them. Sadly, several of their own friends, acquaintances and churches have also been targeted around the country. The Islamic Center of East Lansing and the Muslim community in Greater Lansing stand in solidarity with all of them.

Please see resources below to help students on campuses, and local news reports after that on how the Greater Lansing community is rallying together to stay united and protected. 


Muslim Students Advisory
Video (49 mins)

Muslim Students Association West  hosted an impromptu Webinar to offer tips to Muslim Students and address their questions and concerns.

Click image on left or here to check out video offering some pointers on safety and civil rights given by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo 


Video: Recommendations for safety and precuations in light
of the widespread hate incidents reported from around the country

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

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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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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