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Ramadan 1438 A Guide to Ramadan Ramadan Q&A

 
1439H   ·   2018
Ramadan and Eid Dates

First day of fasting of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, May 16
Taraweeh prayers will commence after Isha on Tuesday, May 15
Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, June 15

Insha Allah

Ramadan Prayer schedule: http://lansingislam.com/ramadan_ps.htm


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Taraweeh Prayers
Special Nightly prayers - Taraweeh prayers, will be held every night of Ramadan, following the Isha prayer.
The First Taraweeh prayer will be held after the Isha prayer at 10:40 pm on Friday, May 26th

Free Babysitting Service will be offered during the Taraweeh Prayer time every day of the week, for children up to Age 10.


 
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 info@lansingislam.com 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 2, 9, 16 and 23.

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.


   
Intensive Qur’an Tafseer by Imam Sohail
Imam Sohail will offer an Intensive Qur’an Tafseer during the month of Ramadan 

Every Friday 7:00-8:30 pm
All Brothers & Sisters are encouraged to attend and benefit from it.



 
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


All Brothers and Sisters are invited to attend the prayer at the Islamic Center during the last 9 days of Ramadan ~ June 16-24

Bring a Sahour (meals) for yourself and to share with 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.


Guidelines during Ramadan to make your spiritual experience a fulfilling one


The following arrangements will be made during Ramadan for your safety and comfort and will start from tonight Friday, May 11 to get familiar in advance.

Parents offering Isha/Taraweeh prayers must enroll their children ages 3 to 10 by signing them in the Kids Camp at least 10 minutes prior to commencement of Isha . All children over 10 years of age must be with their parents for the entire duration of the prayers.

Male and Female monitors will be overseeing that all children ages 3 to 10 are sent to the Kids Camp and not present in the prayer area. Monitors will usher all 3 to 10 years old to the Kids Camp and report violation to IC administration and respective parents. These Monitors are your community's youth and trained for the job, please cooperate with them.

An exception can be made for children over 7 years of age, if their parents guarantee to the Entry point Security Guard that they have specifically trained their kids to pray with them during the entire prayer and they will not leave them to run or make noise after parents start praying.

Please refrain from talking in prayer hall and adjoining areas during prayer and Khatira.

Please help IC in keeping the entrance safe and tidy. Shoes must be placed in the shoe racks and make sure your children also follow your example.

Security guards will oversee parking and patrol exterior premises to ensure safety. Please observe parking rules and cooperate with the security guards as directed by them, and ensure that you and your children do not assemble in the driveways of parking lot of masjid or the next door church.

Please ensure that your children don’t wander in the neighborhood behind the Islamic Center and disrupt the tranquility of the neighborhood. Any disruption will be escalated if situation demands it.

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Zakat-ul-Fitr
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 $10.00 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 $10 = $30. 
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. 


 
Quran Memorization and Recitation competition during Ramadan. Saturday, June 9
Stop by the Imam's office to register.

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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. 

  • 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.


 
Open to everyone in the Community ages 8 and Up
2 pm, June 17, 2017
Registration deadline June 7

Deadline: June 7, 2017
Prizes
Memorization
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Category 1
$300
$250
$150
Category 2
$250
$200
$125
Category 3
$200
$150
$100
Category 4
$150
$100
$75
Category 5
$100
$75
$50
Recitation
$50
$35
$25

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Day of Eid - Friday, June 15

Eid-al-fitr will be celebrated on Friday, June 15, 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. 

We will be praying in Hall A of Lansing Center which is not the carpeted. Corrugated board will be laid to offer some cushioning for worshipers. We encourage you to bring a prayer rug for your own comfort.

Please bring exact change, $7, to expedite parking at the Lansing Center (Pay on entry). See Parking and directions detail below.

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 6:45 am and the prayer, sermon is at 7:00 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.  

"Excused Absence" Letter for Public School students
Parents with children attending Public Schools can call up your child's school office and seek Excused Absence for that day so that your child can celebrate Eid with the family and their friends. 
Alternatively, you may download this letter we have prepared requesting the same, sign it and submit it to your child's school seeking "Excused Absence" for religious needs.



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Parking Options at the Lansing Center for Eid Prayer
Option 1 - Metered parking
You may park on the streets and pay at the meter. Rates vary in different streets of downtown Lansing. (max per hour $1.50)

Option 2 - Convenient Parking - $7
Pay-on-entry rate at Lansing Center is $7 (lower level). Cards, cash accepted. Having exact change ($7) will help.

Option 3 - Parking at the North and South Grand Ramps is Rate: $1/30 minutes ($10 Daily Maximum) | Cash & Credit Cards: Accepted.

A sky walk connects the North Grand Ramp to the Lansing Center. Convenient, quick, economical.
 
Owing to the closure of Westbound Michigan Ave before Grand Ave, you won't be able to turn Right from Michigan Ave on to Grand Avenue to get to the North Grand Ramp. Please make a U-Turn via Museum drive and head to Cedar St South and turn right to Kalamazoo St and another right to North Grand Ave to get to the North Grand Parking Ramp


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 (one way going south)
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

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 S Cedar St, Lansing, MI To City Market Dr,
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Michigan Ave to Museum Dr
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Qiyam-ul-Layl at the Masjid
2:15 am | June 5 - 14

at the Islamic Center of East Lansing 

Qiyam (Tahajjud / night vigil) prayers will be prayed in congregation at the Masjid starting on June 5, insha Allah.

All Brothers and Sisters are invited to attend the prayer at the Islamic Center during the last 10 days of Ramadan ~ June 5-14.

The prayer will commence at 2:15 am. 

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.

 

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Khatam Al-Quran ~  Tuesday, June 12
The Quran Recitation as part of Taraweeh will be completed after the Isha rayer on Tuesday, June 12, insha Allah.

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

During the break between the Taraweeh prayer, we will be making the final call towards our annual fundraising appeal.
 
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Annual Fundraising
Our last round of fundraising this Ramadan will take place on Tuesday, June 13 between the Taraweeh prayers insha Allah. 


Please click on the image on the left to see a larger view of the various expense categories and we encourage you to sponsor one or more of them either as an individual or as a group of individuals or designate a donation towards one of the categories. 

Please donate generously. Your rewards are multiplied for donating during this holy month of Ramadan
 


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Ramadan Health Guide
http://www.communitiesinaction.org/Ramadan Health and Spirituality Guide.pdf



 
Ramadan Tips for Employers
Ramadan this year takes place from June 18 to July 16 with Eid ul-Fitr, the celebration at the end of the holy month, on July 17. 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.


 
Renting of the Banquet Hall for Private Party's 
The Islamic Center Gymnasium is a multi-use facility that serves as a Banquet Hall, Conference, Expo and Sport Facility. 
You may rent it for private party's, dinners, ifthars.
One may choose from one of the following rental options:
Option A - $450 
Option B - $300 
  • Rental of the Facility
  • Tables and chairs setup beforehand ready for seating 225 guests. 
  • Milk and dates for all your guests (during the month of Ramadan only)
  • Full service to setup tables and chairs before the dinner, putting away chairs and tables away after use, cleaning facility after use, recycling, disposal.
  • Styrofoam 10.25" round 3 partition Plates, 8 oz Styrofoam Cups, Plastic Spoons and Forks, White Plastic Table covers, Napkins
  • Styrofoam 6" Plates, 12 oz Bowls
  • Chafing Dishes (10 food warmers, fuel, service included)
  • Serving Spoons
  • Chilled, One Gallon Water Jars with handle (as many as needed)
  • Three - 40 to 50 Cup Tea/Coffee Urns, including all beverage supplies and condiments 
  • One Full Service person to assist 
  • Rental of the Facility
  • Tables and chairs setup beforehand ready for seating 200 guests
  • Milk and dates for all your guests (during the month of Ramadan only)
  • Full service to setup tables and chairs before the dinner, putting away chairs and tables away after use, cleaning facility after use, recycling, disposal.
  • Styrofoam 10.25" round 3 partition Plates, 8 oz Styrofoam Cups, Plastic Spoons and Forks, White Plastic Table covers, Napkins



Additional amenities are available and will be an add-on to the cost of the basic package:

$25 - Use of kitchen for warming food
$25 - Partition
$50 more for every additional 25 guests
$100 - 175 White Elegant Chair covers
$200 - Use of kitchen to cook on same day

More custom options such as floral arrangements are available at nominal costs should you be interested. eMail info@lansingislam.com if you have any questions.

Conditions
We recycle everything as we strive to be a zero-trash facility. Styrofoam, Plastic, Foodwaste, everything is recycled and must be disposed separately after use.
Styrofoam plates and cups will need to be stacked after use.
Foodwaste and tissue paper is collected in small bins and sent for vermi-composting. 

Surcharges that may apply
As we recycle, we encourage you to use Gallon jars and 2 liter pop instead of individual cans/ water bottles. If guests bring individual water/pop bottles then additional labor will need to be employed to dispose liquids and recycle and thus a surcharge of $25 will apply. 

To check availability of the hall to host your party, please email info@lansingislam.com




All the following supplies are included in Option A
Styrofoam 10.25" round 3 partition Plates
8 oz Styrofoam Cups
Plastic Spoons
Plastic Forks
White Plastic Table covers
Napkins
 
Styrofoam 6" Plates
Styrofoam 12 oz Bowls
Chafing Dishes (8 food warmers, fuel, service included)
Serving Spoons
Chilled, One Gallon Water Jars with handle (as many as needed)
Three - 40 to 50 Cup Tea/Coffee Urns, including all beverage supplies and condiments


 



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