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Arabic Classes
New Semester Commences Jan 14



Reading & Writing 
Semester 2: Thu  6 - 7 pm
Semester 4: Mon 6 - 7 pm

Grammar & Language Book 1
Semester 1 : Sun 4 - 6 pm

Grammar & Language Book 1
Semester 2 : Wed 6 - 7:30 pm
Semester 4 : Sun 1:30 - 3 pm

Grammar & Language Book 2
Semester 1 : Sun 11 -1 pm
Semester 2: Mon 7 - 8:30 pm
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Youth Islamic Studies Classes
New Semester Commences Jan 14

Students ages 8 , 9, 10
We Are Muslims , Book 2 | Chapters 1 - 5
Session 1 Tuesday 6 - 7 PM
To purchase book click here

Students ages 11- 12
We Are Muslims Book 3 | Chapters 26 - 30
Session 2 Wednesday 6 - 7 PM
To purchase book click here

Students ages 13+ 
Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, the Medinah Era and Tafseer of Juz Amma'
Sunday 4:30 - 6 PM
No book is required for this course. 

Cost: $50 for 1 child; $75 for 2;  $100 for 3+



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Dar-Al-Quran New Semester August 12, 2017

Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran 

Payment is due on the first day of class Aug 12, 2017

Registration is now open - Deadline: Saturday, Aug 12

Class commences- Aug 12
Registration forms are available in the office or can be submitted online by clicking here and following up with payment in person later. 

Fee is $50 per semester per student. 
Late Registration Fee - Additional $10 after Aug 12
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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
 

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Plan Ahead for an Active Shooter Situation
Talk with your family.

Ready.gov describes what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event, how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place.  Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.
What to do in an Active Shooter situation

Make a Plan ahead of time
  • Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an active shooter.
  • Look for the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
  • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.
Read more at Ready.gov

Ready.gov offers guidance on various emergency situation. Check it out and make plans with your family for being prepared for the various life threatening situations.

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Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2017-18
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2017-18
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. 
All the forms are available here - http://k8.school.lansingislam.com/forms-policies
or you may click on the individual links here:

Click here to download a copy of the Prospectus of the Greater Lansing Islamic School

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A Presentation on 
The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children
7:30 pm, Friday November 13
at  the Islamic Center of East Lansing

Join us this Friday Nov 13 after the Isha prayer at 7:30 pm to learn about the Davies Project ~ a noble way for us a community, to help improve care delivered to the children right here in Greater Lansing.

Let us remind ourselves the teachings of faith that requires us us to share the burden of the community by offering the help that we can. 
Click here to learn more about the Davies Project 
 
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Video of the Panel presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Y3qbL8mX0The Islamic Center of East Lansing hosted...

Posted by Islamic Center East Lansing on Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Request: Clear snow from around Catch Basins close to your homes
As the temperature rises on Wednesday and peaking with a high of 45F on Thursday, the melting snow is anticipated to cause flooding on streets.

You can help your neighborhood by clearing the snow around the catch basins close to your homes.

The City crews will be under pressure to clear these within the next 36 hours.
For example, East Lansing has 5000 such drains and only 30 crew members to clear them in few hours. As responsible citizens, we can do our share and help our own communities, insha Allah.
In other advisories:
As the snow and ice gives away, be wary of potholes on roads.
And make sure sump pumps in your homes are working to avoid basements from flooding.


 
Op-Ed on Intra-Muslim racism
Confronting ethnic slurs and racism among American Muslims
By Imam Dawud Walid, Executive Director, CAIR-MI



Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind” [Qur’an3:110], we must put forth the same, if not more, intellectual and social energy, in confronting intra-Muslim racism as we do when confronting Islamophobia.
A hurtful symptom of the disease of racism among us is seen in the derogatory terms that are used by many Muslims to describe people of various racial groups. From my observations it appears that Black Americans are the subjects of the majority of this name calling. It is not uncommon for Arabs from the Levant to refer to Blacks as abeed (slaves). In the South Asian community, Blacks or people with darker skin are sometimes referred to negatively as kallu (Black person). In the Somali community, it is also not uncommon to hear other Blacks being called jareer (nappy head) and adoon (slave). And even among some Nigerians and Ghanaians, there is widespread usage of the word akata (wild animal) to describe descendants of their former enslaved tribesmen who are Americans.

There should be zero tolerance for these offensive terms or other names that attempt to relegate any ethnic group to a perceived status of inferiority. To demean, ridicule and/or call people names which the subjected group finds offensive are clearly forbidden in Qur’an, “And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames.” [49:11] The point is not simply to refrain from using slurs but to not speak about fellow humans in a way that insults.

An example of this relates to a well-known hadith pertaining to the companions Abu Dharr (ra) and Bilal (ra). As narrated by Al-Bukhari and others, Abu Dharr (ra), during a dispute, insulted Bilal (ra) by calling him “Son of a Black Woman.” This was meant to put Bilal (ra) down, as his Abyssinian mother was a slave, though Abu Dharr was, himself, a Black Arab, as described by At-Tabari, ibn Hajar and others. Prophet Muhammad (saw) then told Abu Dharr (ra), “You’re a man with some of the characteristics of the Era of Ignorance/Pre-Islam (Al-Jahiliyyah).” Abu Dharr (ra) then went to Bilal (ra), placed his face on the ground and offered for Bilal (ra) to step on his face to atone for his verbal offense.

Since the companions of the Prophet (s) had racist tendencies that needed purification, surely it should come as no surprise that our generation, which is far removed from the Prophet (s), needs spiritual purification and social remedies to counter the disease of racism. Simply saying Islam is against this illness is not sufficient. From the above example of the Prophet (s), the issue was confronted in public and attempts were made to restore justice to the offended.

Irrespective of faith, Blacks tend to be viewed in society as the wretched people who are not as beautiful as those with lighter skin. Confronting our own weaknesses and admitting that our community also has shades of racism that are institutionalized are difficult admissions. This especially holds true when racism is perpetuated by “People of Color,” who have been discriminated against historically from colonialism, illegal occupation and post-911 America. While some might think such racism is benign, it is racism that has divided the American Muslim community. It is problematic because racism is rooted in positional power, which prevents certain groups from having a voice or equal deference and authority within a community. I have witnessed new reverts to Islam who have been run out of the Muslim community due to racism.

We need a holistic approach for dealing with this issue, which includes individual introspection, regular community and organizational discussions, as well as more purposeful and meaning social gatherings, which are multi-ethnic aside from big annual conferences. I am committed to being a part of such conversations and social events. I challenge all of my brothers and sisters to renew their commitment to ethnic equality within our community and to check those within our own cultural groups that are actively and passively perpetuating racism. This will require moral courage in the face of uncomfortable moments, but Islam calls us towards freedom, justice and equality that we may be the model community that Allah (swt) calls on us to be.

Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams’ Council. Walid previously served as an imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, Michigan and the Bosnian American Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan.



Advisories for your safety and to prpotect your home
On the 5th day after the Ice storm, 48,000 homes in Greater Lansing still remain without heat and electricity. 
Here are some suggestions and recommendations to protect yourselves and your homes:
How to Protect Your Home from Frozen Pipes Bursting 
Leave the faucet running as moving water doesn't freeze. Else, if temperature falls below 32F, water in pipes will freeze and they may burst. Click here for video explanation.
For extended times, winterization is recommended, but preferable to hire professional help. Click here for steps to winterize homes.
Picture Source: wilx.com
  1. Find out where the main valve to city water supply to the house is located so that you know where to go to shut off the water if a pipe ends up bursting. 
     
  2. If you have important belongings in the basement, consider stacking them up or moving them upstairs to minimize damage in the basement flooding owing to sump pump failing or not being functional because of not having electricity.
Do not use alternate heating options not designed for use inside homes

One of our families who had a power outage used a barbecue grill indoors for warming and were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide inhalation. Alhamdulilah, the children have been treated and are now doing well. Sadly, according to news reports, one man in Clinton county reportedly died due to Carbon monoxide inhalation.

This is a reminder to all NOT to use alternate heating options that are not meant for this purpose.
Even gas stoves
should not be used continually for home heating if there is no air circulation allowing oxygen in and toxic gases to escape out.
Also be mindful of potential fire hazards from some devices that are not safe for indoor use.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Consumers Energy
- 800-477-5050, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emergency calls - hearing impaired, 1-800-649-3777

Lansing Board of Water and Light - 877-295-5001

DTE Energy - 800-477-4747

Click here for complete listing of Storm resources, contact and safety information
Our Islamic Center remains open to anyone affected by the power outage. You may stay overnight, use the kitchen and avail other amenities.

Let us put our faith into action by good neighbors in times of need. Let us be patient with the utility workers as they work straight 16 hour shifts sacrificing their family time and holiday time to restore heat and power for us. Let us appreciate them and show an act of kindness by buying them a hot meal or hot cup of chocolate or coffee if you come across them working out in the frigid conditions. 



Download a Copy of Reports presented at the General Assembly
on Friday, November 15 at the Islamic Center
presented at the General Assembly Meeting  
that took place on November 15, 2013



Assert Your Rights At The Workplace

by Lena F. Masri, Esq. CAIR-MI Staff Attorney  

This advisory has been provided to us by CAIR-MI Staff Attorney, Lena Masri, Esq.
Religion in the American workplace is one of the most contentious and difficult areas for employees and employers to navigate. In our increasingly diverse and religiously pluralistic society, conflict is bound to occur.
In the initial months after September 11, 2001, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received a 250 percent increase in the number of religion-based discrimination complaints against those perceived to be Muslim or Arab. Unfortunately, more than 12 years later, the EEOC continues to see an increase in the number of complaints being filed involving religious discrimination against Muslims or those with a Middle Eastern background.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Employers may not retaliate against employees for asserting their rights under Title VII.

 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan (CAIR-MI), an organization affiliated with America’s largest Islamic civil rights and civil liberties advocacy group (CAIR), provides legal representation to both employees and prospective employees who have experienced religious discrimination at their workplace. 

 

Through various avenues, including mediation, arbitration and litigation, CAIR-MI advocates on behalf of employees to ensure their reasonable religious accommodation requests are met. To offer a recent example, CAIR-MI filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim woman that was fired from her employment after accepting Islam and choosing to wear the hijab.

 

On the other hand, through our Safe Spaces program, CAIR-MI works proactively with employers to implement policies that both accommodate employees’ religiously-held beliefs which take steps to prevent religious harassment in the workplace.

 

If you believe you have been subjected to religious discrimination at your workplace, please contact our office at (248) 559-CAIR or email info@cairmichigan.org and file a complaint.




 
Video: CAIR-MI Civil Rights Presentation at our Islamic Center
CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena F. Masri, Esq., presented a Civil Rights update at the Islamic Center of East Lansing on September 20, 2013, covering topics such as:
Religious profiling at the US - Canada border /airports, federal watch lists, what to do if law enforcement arrives at your home without reason and wants to interview you, employment discrimination, religious accommodation in prisons, religious discrimination against Islamic institutions, among others.
http://youtu.be/ME6FRAT4Km4


 

CAIR report: Islamophobia Network Funded with $119 Million 
Council on American-Islamic Relations identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice
CAIR’s report “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States” is now available for free download http://www.cair.com/images/islamophobia/Legislating-Fear.pdf

This new report by the the Nations' largest Muslim Rights and advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice in America.

CAIR's second report on the subject more fully identifies the "Islamophobia network" in the United States and exposes its funding. 









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