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Community Pilgrimage
Sunday, April 2 | 2 to 4 pm

A journey of prayer from synagogue to church to mosque ...In the spirit of interfaith cooperation that we have practiced in East Lansing for decades, we re-affirm our commitment to interfaith solidarity, friendship, support of one another, and harmony between all peoples. 

Start at Shaarey Zedek, drive to People's Church, then walk to the Islamic Center. Prayers and reflections will be offered at each stop.
Muslims will assemble 15 minutes prior to the start of the program at Shaarey Zedek at 1:45 in order to pray zuher before the program starts at 2 pm.


Sisters' Halaqah
Presented by Imam Sohail
8:15 pm | Friday | March 31

All sisters are encouraged to attend and benefit from this lecture. 
Brothers are welcome to listen in as well.

I Am Rohingya 
Film Screening

7 - 9 pm, 
Monday, March 27
B-117 Wells Hall

All are invited to attend a screening of the film I Am Rohingya and discussion with director Yusuf Zine.

Cosponsored by the Canadian Studies Center and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities


Student Jummah Resumes
Friday, March 17 | 3:30 pm

Youth boys and girls attending public schools are invited to pray jummah after school hours starting this Friday from 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm at the Islamic Center.

This exclusive jummah for public school students is offered on Fridays when area public schools are in session.

The two regular jummah prayers will continue to be offered at their usual time of 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm and 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm.

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
12 pm to 2 pm | Saturday, March 18, 2017
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Mar 18, 2017
Registration is now open
Class commences- Saturday, March 18
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. 


Islam 101 | Sunday April 9  | 2:30 pm to 4 pm

Presented by Imam Sohail Chaudhry

In this friendly class, Imam Sohail Chaudhry will present the basics of Islam as well as dwell on issues especially pertinent today, such as "what is Jihad?". 

The lecture will be offered in a casual setting, where all are welcome and questions are encouraged ! 

Please extend this invitation to anyone who can benefit from this talk and get an opportunity to ask any questions in a friendly setting.
No prior class attendance is necessary. 


9th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference | April 13-14, 2017
“Understanding Addiction Among Muslim Populations.”
by MSU Department of Psychiatry
East Lansing Marriott at University Place
300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, MI

This unique conference brings together faith leaders, health care providers and researchers to examine topics related to mental health across the American Muslim community. It will include keynote speakers, scholarly research presentations and panel discussions. 

East Lansing Marriott at University Place |  300 M.A.C. Avenue, E. Lansing MI 48823.

Co-sponsored by the 
MSU Department of Psychiatry and 
MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

On Day 1 of the conference we will be having a 
“Faith and Community Leader Training Mental Health First Response Certification”

Part of the training will be done with staff from Chicago's Khalil Center and another part of the training will be done by the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative. 

Free 8-hour Mental Health First Responder training for faith & community leaders.  This training is part of the 9th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference sponsored by the MSU Department of Psychiatry, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and is held April 13 from 8 am-5 pm (lunch included).

The course will provide a framework for how to intervene during initial crisis, effectively interact and establish a therapeutic relationship, identify limitations/boundaries, understand mandated reporting, clergy rights, how to screen and identify for the possible presence of mental illness, and an orientation to the process of referral to mental health professionals. This course will lay out an integrated model of counseling and the sequence of topics will highlight practical treatment approaches within the model by integrating modern clinical psychology. This is an experiential course that will involve lecture, discussion, modeling/demonstrations of technique and role-play.

CAIR-MI 17th Annual Banquet 
"Advancing Justice, Challenging Hate"
Sunday | April 2 | 1 pm - 5 pm

Get your tickets online:

Networking and registration begins at 1:00 p.m. The program starts at 2:00 p.m.
The keynote speaker is Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans, ALIM’s first Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Director.


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 fasting according to Qur'an and Sunnah.

To register, send an eMail with team information to Imam Sohail at by 8 pm, Friday, April 21. 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.

Greater Lansing Islamic School invites you to its annual
May 10th and 11th, 2017
Registration deadline April 21

Open to ALL Children in the Community 
Ages 4 - 15

Deadline: April 21, 2017
2 ways to participate.
1. Children may compete in Memorization with Tajweed in their age group (or above) or 
2. Choose to recite Surahs they are comfortable with.
Children competing with their age group will be eligible for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.
All children who recite well will receive recognition.


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



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 





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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