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Ramadan 1437 A Guide to Ramadan Ramadan Q&A


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.  


 
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 http://lansingislam.com/ramadan_ps.htm 


 
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 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 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.


Get your tickets to the 
Fundraising Dinner | 6 pm Saturday June 4
Tickets - $25 single, $100 family
You can get it from 
The Islamic Center Office | Imam Sohail | Sister Suzann

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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
Vendors may eMail sisters@lansnigislam.com to reserve a table



 
Young Muslim Hero Challenge.....help 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:

Notes:







 
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 info@lansingislam.com) to set up a time for you to drop it off at the Islamic Center.



 
Ramadan Health Guide
http://www.communitiesinaction.org/Ramadan 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
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)

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 www.LansingParkingMap.com
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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