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Islamic Society of Greater Lansing - General Assembly January 17 2003
Attendance: approximately 40-50 people
Excerpts from the assembly: A Report by Saiful Bahri Mohd Nor

  1. Advice Friday Khutba Speakers not to make political speeches

  2. Br Bassam firmly stated that we cannot compromise about Islam and that speakers are advised to speak in an intellectual way, clear and not to be aggressive.
    Sh Omar added that we have to watch what we said and that it is a duty to talk about Islam in moderate, reasonable, to call for harmony, not to divide the community and abstain from harsh words to protect the community.
  3. Da’wa to non-Muslim

  4. Br Bassam clarified that certain brothers are selected to give talks to non-Muslim groups that visited the center and also to schools, university and churches. There are also plans to have activities for non-Muslim in the center.
  5. Automatic Pledges

  6. Br Maher urged the members to revive the pledges to the center and he suggested that every member to donate at least $10.
  7. Air Conditioning

  8. Expenses for the air conditioning was collected and not funded by the center.
  9. Receipts And Banking Checks

  10. Br Maher apologized for not issuing on time and advised whoever wants a receipt to approach or email him directly.
  11. Full Time Islamic School Board Election

  12. Br Mohamed Mahdi was elected to represent the Member at large
    Sr Emma Buycks was elected to represent the parents of students in Islamic School
  13. Fund Raising for Phase II of Expansion Project

  14. Approximately $500,000 in cash and strong commitment was collected
  15. Acquire local Muslim expertise in the project

  16. Sh Omar mentioned that mechanical and electrical work need license contractors however, other works for example carpeting, etc could be offered to local brothers
  17. Project Brochure

  18. 4 brochures were used for Phase I. New brochures for phase II are under progress.
  19. Legal Matters

  20. One brother agreed to provide an attorney to look into any legal matters or legal advice for this project and promise to pay all the fees.
  21. Overall Comment

  22. Sh Omar reminded members that he has high hope for the project to be completed soon but he stresses that everyone in this community need to work harder.
    Br Hassan and Br Maher advised the community to be patience and work together. Both of them share high hopes that the project will be completed with the help from Allah.
    Br Nejmeddin expressed his thanks to all the members that attended the assembly. He mentioned the battle of Uhud where the companions worked out their problems and try to solve it together.


Information Committee Report - 2002-2003: by Saiful Bahri Mohd Nor
Members:
Abu Bakr Siddique
Adem Saglik
Asri Md Kassim
Halbana Tarmiz
Mahmood Al-Khassaweneh
Mazin Al-Khasawneh
Salim Delgado

Responsibilities:
a. Transmit information to the community i.e. activities, rules and regulation
b. Editing and publishing Islamic literatures for media and other organizations
c. Organize and maintain the use of the library, media center, pamphlet box, Islamic book services, etc

The work this committee has been doing is a continuation of the effort made by the previous information committee. We are grateful to the brothers and sisters that have been supporting and helping us to carry out the responsibilities above, Jazakumullah to all of them. Their contribution, dedication and hard work enable us to put into action the plans we have to facilitate the functioning of this committee as well as the Islamic Center.

Action Plan:
a. Increase the efficiency of transmitting information to the Muslim and non-Muslim community
i. Designating a notice board for posting information to the public (rules and regulation, announcements, on-going activities, etc)
ii. Increasing the circulation of the Muslim Observer (approx. 400 subscribers including non-Muslims)
iii. Regular updating of the new website www.lansingislam.com
iv. Reorganizing the pamphlet box
v. Informing the public and other organizations in Lansing regarding current activities, events by providing relevant information to them
vi. Distribute a series of brief intro to Islam during football games parking as well as collecting donations for the center

b. Communication with media
i. Sending fax to publicize current events to be reported, advertised or aired
ii. Providing resources and articles for their coverage
iii. Publish articles on a regular basis. Alhamdulillah, we have a handful of writers who had contributed articles or comments to the media
iv. We need more volunteers to write articles and send them to us so that we can spread out the publication

c. Maintaining and organizing the library and media center
i. Create an inventory/database of all the books, video, cassettes, etc
ii. Classify and organize materials in the library
iii. Revamp the circulation system
iv. To date, the inventory is almost done however, work is still in process but the library is open

We welcome any advice, support, cooperation and contribution from every member.



Da'wah Committee Report - 2002-2003: by Bassam Mahmoud
Members:
Sh Omar Soubani
Br Najm Salman
Sh Abdul-Kadir Omar
Br Ghazi Mustafa
 
1. Friday Khutba: Assigning and scheduling speakers for the Friday Khutuba. We are working on bringing more speakers from outside the community; we need the help of all brothers in this so we can have our khutba more diverse in subject and fields.

2. Friday Circle: The Friday circle of one of the activity we are trying to keep it very vital, Alhamdulillah we were able during this period to have the circle so consistence by assigning a brother to give it a certain subject, and this help all of us in the community to learn more about different subject.

3. Khatera: a 5 to 10 minutes talk is giving by some brothers after Magrib or Ishaa 5 days a week.

4. Ramadan Program: (Taraweeh, Qiam, Quran program and Khatira)

5. Dawa in the Prison: Dawa trips to prison organized by Br. Shaad, Alhamdulillah. It is been very successful, and we request more participants from the brothers.



Education Committee Report - 2002-2003: by Mohammad Faaiz
Members:
Br M Faaiz Gierdien
Br Asri Md Kassim
Br Yusaf Abdullah
Br Asadullah Khan (Sunday school)
Br Thasin Sardar
Activities for 2002/2003
  • Summer School Qur'an class (Sh Abdelkadir Omar)
  • Orientation for Sunday school
  • Sunday School Program
  • Discover Islam/Coffee Hour

  • Report on orientation for Sunday School Teachers was held in August 2002
    Setting the scene
    The aims of the orientation were :
  • To develop an awareness of the complex backgrounds of the student population
  • To develop an awareness of the diversity among the teacher volunteers
  • To inculcate reflection (afkar) on what it means to teach Islam in a Sunday school
  • setting where Muslims from different cultures come together.


  • Specifics
    Students:
    Who are the students attending the Sunday school?
    What languages do they speak in their homes?
    What other opportunities do they have to learn about Islam?
    What are important ideas and actions in Islam that the different age groups should be familiar with ?
    What curricular goals are we going to set for the different age groups?

    Teachers
    Who are the (volunteer) teachers? Where do they come from?
    What are their mother tongues?
    What are the teachers NOT allowed to do to the students?

    Brainstorm curricular goals for the different age group/grade levels
    Which goals are common across the age groups/grade levels?
    Which ones are specific? What are they for each age group?

    Discover Islam/Coffee Hour
    So far this series of talks has not happened yet. A room has been prepared for this Coffee Hour.

    This will be series of weekly talks limited to 20-30 minutes of presentation on Islam and Muslims taken from the "Discover Islam" posters produced bv Transcom International. Each talk will consist of a brief presentation followed by questions, discussion and coffee. The talks aim at providing an opportunity for contact between the guests and local Muslims. As the title "Discover Islam," suggests, a major goal of the talks is to draw attention to the idea of "discover" and to "Islam." Muslims themselves "discover" the wisdom and meanings of various actions and ideas in Islam.


    Week-1 - What Is Islam And Who Are Muslims?
    Week 2 - Muhammad, the seal of the prophets
    Week 3 - How did the spread of Islam affect the world?
    Week 4 - What is the Qur'an?
    Week 5 - What are the "Five Pillars" of Islam?
    Week 6 - Muslim family and social life
    Week 7 - How does Islam guarantee human rights and equality ?
    Week 8 - How does Islam elevate the status of women?
    Week 9 - How does Islam relate to Christianity and Judaism?
    Week 10 - Why is Islam often misunderstood?


    About the Sunday School
    The Sunday School meets every Sunday from early September to early June, except for announced holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during standard time (from the last Sunday of October to the last Sunday of March) and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during daylight saving's time (the rest of the year).

    The school ends with the Zuhr prayer, which is considered part of the school and is required to be attended by the students. The school accepts children ages 5 to 18. The school administration and teachers are usually volunteers, unless there is a serious problem securing qualified volunteers. There is a nominal charge for attending the Sunday school which covers expenses of books, supplies, and snacks. However, the fee is waived for families who cannot afford it. There is no formal procedure to apply for the waiver, only to tell the school principal privately.

    The school teaches Quran, Hadith, Seerah, Islamic ethics and moral values. The school also arranges social events for the children, like parties, trips, and end-of- the year program. Some of these social events are open to all children in the community whether or not they attend the Sunday school. To register your child in the school you need to complete a registration form, available from the school principal during school hours.




    Finance Report Estimate - 2002-2003: by Maher Mahmoud


    Financial Report  Estimate (July 1, 2002 - December 31, 2003)
    Expenses 6 month actual To end of year estimate Income 6 month actual To end of year estimate
    Janitorial Salary $4,750.00 $8,500.00 Donations    General $6,300.00 $12,000.00
    Supply $928.00 $2,000.00      Items $5,500.00 $8,500.00
    Insurance Premium $3,190.00 $6,397.00 Pledges Direct $8,400.00 $18,000.00
    Taxes $2,640.00 $5,280.00        
    Utilities Gas & Elec. $8,450.00 $20,000.00 Add. Income Kitchen $400.00 $1,200.00
    Phone & Fax $369.00 $1,000.00   Phone & Fax $75.00 $250.00
    Services Copies $550.00 $1,000.00    Rent MH $0.00 $5,000.00
    Pest control $370.00 $520.00   Daisy Ln. $4,500.00 $9,000.00
    Garbage Disp. $384.60 $769.20  
    Water&Sewage $947.80 $1,800.00 Parking $3,077.00 $4,500.00
    Snow Removal $150.00 $500.00 Committees Education $6,820.00 $8,000.00
    Mis. Receipts $800.00 $3,000.00 Information $688.00 $2,000.00
    Maintenance Center $3,500.00 $15,000.00 Women $1,085.00 $3,000.00
    Mus. House $5,120.00 $8,000.00 Social $565.00 $1,500.00
    Air Conditioning $42,500.00 $45,000.00 School Food Project $2,928.75 $10,000.00
    Advertising Periodic $350.00 $1,000.00        
    Fee - Memebership share/ ISNA $100.00 $600.00 Fees Membership $440.00 $1,000.00
    Activity Expenses            
         Ramadan & Eids Program $22,000.00 $22,000.00 Ramadan & Eid donation $22,000.00 $23,000.00
    (Weekly Ramadan dinners, Eid dinners, Toys, Imam Exp. & Housing , Hall renting for 2 Eids)        
        Da'wa Printing $2,000.00 $5,000.00 Project Donation
        Sunday School $2,161.86 $4,000.00 A/C $40,000.00 $40,000.00
        Social $2,270.00   Center $11,000.00 $15,000.00
        Newsletter & Postal $764.76 $2,000.00
    Miscellaneous Parking (Church) $0.00 $2,500.00
    Salary Imam $9,600.00 $19,200.00
    Office Secretary $88.00 $4,000.00
    TOTAL EXPENSES $113,984.02 $183,066.20 TOTAL INCOME $113,778.75 $161,950.00


    The Greater Lansing Islamic School Report - 2002-2003
    The school has started its seventh academic year with 63 students distributed in five classes: K/l, 2/3, 4, 5/6, and 7/8. Of the 63 students, 42 are returning from last year and 21 are new. The classes are held in two portable buildings and two rooms at the Islamic Center. The administration is in Dar As-Salam.

    The school staff has several new faces and some familiar ones. From last year we have Hafsa Ali (Arabic & Islam), Aafiya Contractor (certified teacher). Sheikh Abdul Kadir Omar (Quran & Islam), Lul Hassan (Quran & Office Aid), and Ibrahim Abdul-Samad (Cleaning Aid). We have three new certified teachers: Meghan Bragg, Betsy Dank, and Kirn Trahan. Raghda Khatib joined as teacher of Arabic and Islam, Abdul Aziz Hassan and Rania Abou Rashed volunteered to help in the Quran program, Fatima Amatullah is a teacher aid, and a few parents help as volunteers. The school has a new principal: Kashaka Kikelomo, who served as vice principal last year. The Full-Time School Committee, composed of Sani Abbas, Saiful Bahri, Hassan Khalil, Asadullah Khan, Kashaka Kikelomo, Bassam Mahmoud, Sadiq Mohamed, and Majid Taj, manages the school. Saiful Bahri, who was elected as a parent representative, resigned in September, as his children were no longer in the school. The committee thanked him for his dedicated work and contributions, and appointed Emma Buycks to complete his term.

    The school day starts at 8:15 with a morning assembly, followed by 8 periods that cover Quran, Islamic studies, Arabic, English (two periods), mathematics, science, and social studies. The students have two breaks, one for lunch and recess and the other for Zuhr prayer. The day ends at 3:45. On Fridays, the school has a special schedule that allows the students to attend the Jumah prayer and have extra curricula activities following the prayer.

    The students continue to perform well in MEAP and CAT tests. The latest MEAP results are better than the state average in all areas, and the reading and writing results are competitive with any school district in our area.

    The school budget this year is about quarter of a million dollars. Tuition covers about 45% of the expenses and the rest is covered by donations from the Muslim community. The main sources are the sponsorship program, where brothers and sisters pledge monthly or yearly donations, the annual fundraising dinner in April, and other fundraising activities such as food sale after the Jumah prayer.

    Income
    Tuition
    Regular pledges
    Fundraising pledges
    Fundraising
    Food project
    Donations
    Scholarship donation
    Grants
    Total





    126,000
    35,000
    15,000
    65,000
    10,000
    8,500
    15,500
    2,000
    277,000




    Expenses
    Salaries
    Taxes
    Health insurance
    Workers compensation
    Books & supplies
    Telephone & Copy Machine
    Office supplies
    Scholarships
    Professional development
    Utility
    Portable rent
    Maintenance
    Miscellaneous
    Total

    187,244
    13,200
    13,095
    1,300
    18,900
    2,400
    1,200
    15,500
    2,000
    6,000
    11,000
    2,000
    3,161
    277,000

    Social Committee Report - 2002-2003 by :
    Members
    Br Thasin Sardar
    Br Abdullah Hagi
    Br Mohamed Sharif
    Br Adnan Shannaq
    Br AbdulKadir Omar
    The Social Committee Goals and Objectivity was to serve our Muslim Community what ever is their ambition, and to provide and facilitate all the possible understanding between brothers who practice the same religion.
    Most of our goals are accomplished with great satisfaction and the other part will be done Insha Allah. All the brothers were involved to satisfy what their community was in need, no one baked back during the past year, especially in the month of RAMADAN.

    Summer Activities.
    Because of unavailability of Parks in the time we did two Picnics, one was held at the Moores drive Park and the other was held at Francis Park Pavillion. The attendance of those Picnics was really fabulous, many brothers and sisters attended, the food like almost was great and satisfactory special credit is due to brother Basaam Jasaahullahu khayran.

    Special thanks goes also to the brothers who kept helping all the time in preparing the event and selling the tickets because without them nothing could happen. In September the Youth went for camping at Pontiac Michigan, thanks to the members of the Camp. The picnics were greatly appreciated by the community and they recommend the increase of more picnics during the summer time.

    Sport Activities.
    During this summer didn't happen a great event of sport, only some games of Soccer, Volleyball when we gathered at the Picnics event; I hope in the future to arranged some important games between the different parties of our community, like Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Karate arranged by brother Jamal.

    RAMADAN.
    Every things has a king, Ramadan is the King of the Months, so Ramadan activity was the most important event in our Muslim community every one try to do his best way on worshiping Allah to put a part some deposit in the day of judgment.
    We did Saturday weekly dinner Special thanks to brother Bassaam, and all other communities who made possible that weekly dinner, daily iftar for the singles thanks to the families who provided. Daily sahour during the last ten days of Tahajud, thanks to brother Bassaam. There are also some special days of fasting arranged dinner for those who fasting these days which recommended by our Prophet salla Allhu aleyhe wa sallama.

    EID UL FITR.
    The prayer of Eid ul Fitr was held at the IM West at MSU.the gathering was great the event was fabulous and successful. As always managed to continue our habit on providing Toys to the Kids during this great events. Despite the financial situation our community stood up to be perfect the event ofEid El Fitr. Thanks to brother Mahmoud, Abubakar Zaid and Tahsin, I really appreciate the work done by Brother Thasin. Know we are preparing the event of Eid ul Adha, so be prepared together. In conclusion I do encourage to work together every Committee, and I appreciate how they an light me and facilitate me my little job in this community.
    Thank you all of you because you are my real brother



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