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Ramadan Programs this weekend at the Islamic Center

All brothers and sisters are invited to a community dinner this 
Friday, July 1, at the Islamic Center after the maghrib prayer.
The dinner is sponsored by our South-Asian-American brothers and sisters.

A Youth Girls Qiyam led by Sister Raghda Khatib will take place at the Islamic Center this Firday evening after Taraweeh (July 1) through Saturday morning (July 25). Youth Girls ages 12 and up are encouraged to take part.

Imam Sohail will offer a tafseer of Surah An-Nas and Surah Al-Falaq Friday July 1 at 7:30 pm.

Fundraising efforts will continue during this month of Ramadan. Please donate generously to help with the operating costs of the Islamic Center and the Greater Lansing Islamic School.

For a complete guide to Ramadan Programs at the Islamic Center, 

Qiyam during last 10 days of Ramadan
Qiyam (Tahajjud / night vigil) prayers will be prayed in congregation at the Masjid during the last ten days of Ramadan and will commence at the following times

June 26 to July 5 | 2:30 am to 3:30 am
(Saturday night going into Sunday morning)

All Brothers and Sisters are invited to attend the prayer at the Islamic Center during the last 10 days of Ramadan.  

Sahour (meals) will be provided for those attending the Qiyam prayer. 

Itikaf (Spiritual retreat)
The Masjid will be open for anyone who wants to make Itikaf (spiritual retreat) during Ramadan.

Please register at the office to make the Itikaf.

Summer Qur’an Program ~ Memorization, Tajweed and Tafseer
A Qur’an Program will be held at the Islamic Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, starting June 20th, for 6 weeks.
It will be for boys and girls 5 years through high school.

It will include Quranic studies ~ recitation with tajweed, tafseer, and memorization), Islamic teaching and du’aa, snacks, games, arts & crafts. 

It will end the first week of August with a party InshaAllah, to celebrate the participants’ accomplishments.

Registration Fee: $50

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.

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 Kareem ! Happy Ramadan !

Monday, June 6 is the 1st day of fasting of Ramadan, 
insha Allah 

Taraweeh Prayers will commence after Isha prayers at 10:40 pm
Sunday, June 5

Eid-Al-Fitr will be celebrated at the Lansing Center on Wednesday July 6, insha Allah.

Ramadan Prayer Schedule 

Greater Lansing 
Islamic School
Advance Registration
for 2016-17
Deadline May 23
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2016/2017
Registration will cost more after May 23.

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. 

Inviting Youth Boys and Girls
Interfaith Build Day with Habitat for Humanity Capital Region
July 21 | 8:30 am -3:00 pm

As part of the Old Town Rock the Block this year, Habitat is devoting one day to an interfaith build. 

Rock the Block is part of neighborhood revitalization and seeks to offer exterior maintenance at reduced costs to specific neighborhoods within Ingham County. 

The day will include coffee and breakfast snacks as well as lunch. And will include participation from the Islamic Center, Shaarey Zedek, and Unitarian Universalist Church.

Youth Boys and Girls ages 14 and up are encouraged to participate.

Email your details at to sign up for this volunteer effort.


Taraweeh Prayers
Special Nightly prayers - Taraweeh prayers, will be held every night of Ramadan, following the Isha prayer (10:40 pm throughout Ramadan) 
The First Taraweeh prayer will be held after the Isha prayer at 10:40 pm on Sunday, June 5th

Free Babysitting Service will be offered during the Taraweeh Prayer time every day of the week, for children up to Age 7.

Daily Iftaar...breaking of the fast
Milk, Juice & Dates will be provided daily at the Islamic Center for everyone to break their fast.  Maghrib prayer will follow 5 minutes after the adhan (call for Prayer)
Dinner will be provided for single brothers and sisters, travelers and visitors to town.

Families are encouraged provide singles dinner Sunday through Thursday by submitting a form by clicking here or emailing to seek a specific date if available, to provide or to have it catered on your behalf.

Community Dinners ....every Friday during Ramadan
All of you in the community and your guests are invited to the community dinners at the Islamic Center on all Fridays of Ramadan.

The dinners are free and will be offered every Friday of Ramadan after Maghrib Prayer - June 10, 17, 24 and July 1 

All of your, irrespective of their ethnic groups or countries of origin, are urged to reserve this date and to gather at the Islamic Center on these Fridays to have dinner together and enjoy the blessings of Ramadan, together as a community.

Qiyam during last 10 days of Ramadan
Qiyam (Tahajjud / night vigil) prayers will be prayed in congregation at the Masjid during the last ten days of Ramadan and will commence at the following times

June 26 to July 5 | 2:30 am to 3:30 am

All Brothers and Sisters are invited to attend the prayer at the Islamic Center during the last 10 days of Ramadan.  

Sahour (meals) will be provided for those attending the Qiyam prayer. 

Itikaf (Spiritual retreat)
The Masjid will be open for anyone who wants to make Itikaf (spiritual retreat) during Ramadan.

Please register at the office to make the Itikaf.

Zakah and the forgotten Islamic obligation towards prisoners
Write A Brief Letter
Our Prophet, peace be upon him said: "Feed the hungry, visit the sick, and free the prisoner." And he said: "It is upon the Muslim faithful to free their prisoners and to pay their ransom."  
While it may not be possible to provide food directly for the captives, we can and should exert the utmost effort to ensure they receive justice and that they are neither forgotten nor abandoned. We can do so by writing a simple letter in just a few words. 

Our faith encourages us to care for everyone
  • Please stop by the Islamic Center Office to pick up a labelled, stamped envelope.
  • Write a brief letter wishing those who are incarcerated that their fasts and prayers be accepted and that as fellow brothers and sisters, we care and pray to Allah for them.

Ramadan Bazaar
Friday June 10 and Friday July 1

Young Muslim Hero your child become one
During this month of Ramadan, children are encouraged to participate in an activity designed to encourage them to practice their faith in a fun way by filling a chart of 25 activities that they can do in Ramadan under parental supervision.

A child may fill the chart more than once during Ramadan and every time he or she fills the chart he or she can get a reward from the Imam and his or her name will be posted on the Imam’s Office wall.

Starter reading materials are available at the Islamic Center's website as PDF files:

Learn about the Prophet Companions

Practice today's behavior

Athkar of morning and afternoon
Learn Quran stories

Read in Arabic

Practice a healthy tip

Print the section below as a submission form for your child to fill it up and take it to the Imam to obtain a reward or download it as a PDF file.

Hero's Name:

Keep the masjid clean

Be quite in the praying area

Learn about the Prophet’s Companions

Help your parents with their chores

Morning Athkar

Pray for Muslims in oppressed countries

Call your extended family 

Forgive your brothers and sisters

Learn one page of the Quran

Learn one Hadith

Pray on time

Learn something about the prophet

Read in Arabic

Learn Quran story

Exercise for 15 minutes

Memorize one surah from Quran

Keep a smile on your face

Worship in   secret to Allah

Always share greetings

Practice a healthy tip

Practice today's behavior

Prepare specially for Jumaa prayer

Help one in need

Share something you like

Athkar of the afternoon

Parent's Signature:


Ramadan Food Drive 
Look for these collection bins at the Islamic Center
and donate food to feed the needy in Greater Lansing
Ramadan Fight Against Hunger

The Islamic Center of East Lansing joins the Michigan Muslim Community Council in making special extra effort during Ramadan to help fight hunger in our neighborhoods.  

It is estimated that 1 in 5 children in Detroit have experienced hunger due to poverty. During the month of Ramadan, the Michigan Muslim Community Council and its local partners put forth a series of events and activities to help feed the hungry in our area. 

These activities include multiple food drives in our local mosques, food packing events, local community dinners, food delivery services and fundraising to purchase food supplies.

The Islamic Center of East Lansing joins in this noble effort and encourages all brothers and sisters to join this campaign to fight hunger in our communities.

We will be donating our collection to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, insha Allah

You may drop off non-perishable food items in the collection bins.
Our Youth who are organizing this drive will deliver the collection to the Greater Lansing Food Bank at the end of Ramadan, insha Allah.

Greening our Ramadan
 This Ramadan, let us strive to be greener than we already are !

Our community has graciously responded in the past to our calls to recycle at the Islamic Center. We strive to be a no-waste facility.

As in the past, we will be separating plastics, styrofoam and foodwaste and taking each of the separated items to designated centers.

If you would like to dispose fully separated waste from your homes or private events, the Islamic Center will be glad to receive them by appointment (email to set up a time for you to drop it off at the Islamic Center.

Ramadan Health Guide Health and Spirituality Guide.pdf

Ramadan Tips for Employers
Ramadan this year takes place from June 6 to July 5 with Eid ul-Fitr, the celebration at the end of the holy month, on July 6. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and pay particular attention to spiritual matters.

Please consider special requests for annual or unpaid leave for employees who make seek time off to spend for spending it in spirituality.

Consider flexible working or changing shift rotas to accommodate breaking the fast.

Consider allowing extra time off to pray, especially at sunset.

Encourage gestures such as sending Eid cards.

Consider deferring social events during major religious festivals so Muslims don't feel excluded.

Consider allowing meal breaks at different times, for example lunch breaks at dusk to coincide with breaking the fast - and extending these to non-Muslim employees to encourage integration.

Consider training staff on different religious events.

Employers do not have to allow time off or changes to the usual routine if it would adversely affect the business. However it is good practice to do so wherever possible and helps to generate goodwill. Accommodating religious practices does not mean allowing extra time off, but rather being flexible about employees' existing holiday entitlement or break periods.

Most employers are aware that discrimination on grounds of religion is against the law - but they should also ask themselves whether they are guilty of indirect discrimination. For example, always scheduling important meetings for dusk when Muslims are due to break their fast could fall into this category.

Khatam Al-Quran ~ Monday July 4
The Quran Recitation as part of Taraweeh will be completed on Monday, July 4 insha Allah.

A special Dua'a will follow as part of witr prayer insha Allah. 

Zakat-ul-Fitr is an obligatory Charity due from every Muslim, both male and female and must be given to the poor and needy people so that they can enjoy the happiness of Eid-ul-Fitr with others.
The head of the household must pay this amount on behalf of his/her own self and on behalf of their spouse, children and any other dependents. 

It is estimated at about $8 to $10 per person and must be given during Ramadan - BEFORE the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer.

Example: If there are 3 members in your family, then your Zakat-ul-Fitr due is 3 x $8 = $24. 
If you are unable to find a recipient for your Zakat, the Islamic Center can find a beneficiary.  A donation box at the Islamic Center has been designated for this purpose. The sooner you fulfill your obligation, the earlier we can distribute the same to the needy and the deserving in order that they can celebrate Eid in a joyful manner along with the rest of us. 

Guidelines for Night Prayers (Ishaa and Taraweeh)

Mind your children
  • On weekends, Kids Camp will be available for all children under 10 in the GYM.
  • During the week, babysitting will only be available for children under 7. Children older than 7 should be with parents or resting at home.
No Loitering - Time for worship!
  • All brothers and sisters, young and old, are requested to avoid socializing in the prayer area as well as the common area (multi-purpose room) during the night prayers. For those not praying, we request that you maintain quiet or socialize in the lobby area of the building.
  • The library and conference room will not be available for use during the night prayers.
Keep silent outside, please!
  • Our neighbors deserve to enjoy peace and quiet while we come to the Islamic Center for worship. While coming and leaving, please be very quiet. There should be no loitering or socializing outside whatsoever!
  • None of the outdoor playgrounds will be available for use - everyone should be arriving, leaving, or inside - no one should be outside!
Young people, let's shine!
  • Youth boys and girls (older than 10) may like to spend time with friends at the Islamic Center during night prayers. It is okay to do so before and after prayer, but not while prayer is in going on.
  • To keep safe and respect our neighbors, please avoid hanging out in the parking lot.
  • Parents we need your support! If your children are unable to pray, then it is better that they stay home and attend only when they are able to pray.
Please leave Shoes in the Shoe Rack
  • Kindly place your Shoes in the shoe racks to minimize trip hazard. Volunteers will collect shoes left on the floor and put them back in the rack or in a bin marked “UNATTENDED SHOES”. 

Please respect our staff and volunteers!
  • This is only a brief list of guidelines - we will have volunteers and security personnel on site every night to assist with keeping the place safe and productive.
  • Please respect the volunteers and security personnel, especially if they ask you to do something. They are only here to ensure we all have a good experience!

Day of Eid - Wednesday, July 6
Eid will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 6, the 1st of Shawaal, insha Allah.
Prayer Venue : Lansing Center 
Gathering, Takbeer : 9:00 am 
Eid Prayer : 9:30 am

After the Eid prayer and khutba, children can enjoy a carnival on-site insha Allah.

Please give yourself enough time to park and walk up to the prayer area. 
You are encouraged to bring your own prayer rug. This Eid, we will be praying in the Exhibit halls (not the carpeted ballroom). Corrugated board will be laid to offer some cushioning for worshipers. However, we strongly encourage you to bring your own prayer rugs for your own comfort.

Please bring exact change = $6 to expedite parking at the Lansing Center (Pay on entry)

Special EId Prayer at Islamic Center for those who have schedule conflicts
For those who cannot make it to the main prayer at the Lansing Center owing to work, class scheduling conflicts, an Eid Prayer and sermon will be offered at the Islamic Center to help you fulfill your spiritual obligation. The gathering at the Islamic Center is at 6:30 am and the prayer, sermon is at 6:45 am

As the spirit of Eid calls for it to be celebrated with the entire community, we encourage all of you to try and attend the Main Eid prayer at the Lansing Center at 9 am.  

Parking Options at the Lansing Center for Eid Prayer
Parking Options
Option 1
(CONVENIENT option) - Pay-on-entry rate at Lansing Center is $6 (lower level).

Option 2 -(ECONOMICAL option)- Parking at the North and South Grand Ramps is $1.00 per half hour (maximum of $8.50 all day)

A sky walk connects the North Ramp to the Lansing Center.

Turn Right from Michigan Ave on to Grand Avenue to get to the North Grand Ramp

For additional Parking options, visit
Lansing Center Parking Options
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Directions to Lansing Center for Eid Prayer
If coming from I-496
1 - From I-496 take the Cedar/Larch & Pennsylvania exit.
2 - Exit right onto Larch Street (North).
3 - Go north on Larch and then turn left on Shiawassee (go one block)
4 - From Shiawassee, Turn left on to Cedar
5 - Shift as quickly as possible to the right most lane.
6 - Turn right (The Lansing City Market will be on your right) onto City Market Drive.
7 - Follow signs for Lansing Center parking beneath and behind the Lansing Center.

If coming from Saginaw Road
1a - If coming from the East on Saginaw Rd, Turn Left on to Cedar
1b - If coming from the West on Saginaw Rd, Turn Right on to Cedar
2 - Shift to the right most lane.
3 - Turn right onto City Market Drive.
(just after crossing Shiawasee St. The Lansing City Market will be on your right)
4 - Follow signs for Lansing Center parking

 S Cedar St, Lansing, MI To City Market Dr,
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Michigan Ave to Museum Dr
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Sisters' Eid Party | Saturday, July  9, 6:30 pm
at the Islamic Center Gym
Henna, Gift exchange, Treats and a lot of fun !
All brothers and sisters are encouraged to attend this lecture and benefit from it.
Questions? contact


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 


It's Time for America to Disengage From the Middle East
Op-Ed by Dr. Mohammed Ayoob
Dr. Mohammed Ayoob makes the case for protecting the interests of Muslim Americans in this Op-Ed for The National Interest.

Dr. Ayoob is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Michigan State University; author most recently of Will the Middle East Implode? (Polity, 2014)

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.


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
Sun, Sept. 11
Lansing Center
2017 Sat, May 27 Sun, June 25
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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