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Tafsir of Surah Al-Fatihah   |  Presented by Imam Sohail
7 pm, Friday July 3  |   Open to All

Do you have excess food that you need to part with ?
Perishable , Non-Perishable food - we've got options to find beneficiaries
The Islamic Center of East Lansing will facilitate donating the food to 
area shelters and Greater Lansing Food Bank

Leftovers - Cooked food, Excess Food from Iftars, Perishable Food that is safe for consumption will be accepted at the Islamic Center the next 3 Thursdays - July 2, 9, 16

Drop off at Kitchen at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

eMail Volunteer lead Mohammad Siryani if you have bulk item drop-off to be coordinated.


Canned Foods - Non-Perishable Food items can be dropped of in the Red Collection bins at the Islamic Center any day during Ramadan.

eMail Volunteer lead Abdelaziz Adawe if you have bulk items drop off to be coordinated.

Click here to see list of items that the Greater Lansing Food Bank accepts

Join us for a tour of Recycling Facilities

We invite children and parents to come check out how the food waste we dispose is put back into the ecosystem.

Come watch the worms in action !! 
Not for the faint-hearted :)
2 pm, Saturday, July 4
As you may be aware, we at the Islamic Center are striving to be a no-waste facility.

After we eat at the community dinners, we collect the plastic and Styrofoam cutlery and the food waster in separate containers and dispose them at different facilities for recycling.

We have organized a trip to Compost Katie, the company that transforms our food waste into organic dirt that is then used by the community gardens in Greater Lansing.

The trip includes a stop at the MSU recycling facility where we recycle board, plastic, aluminum etc.

If your child needs a ride, we will provide that.

Both the facilities we plan to visit are located under 5 minutes from the Islamic Center.

We will leave the Islamic Center after the Zuher prayer at 2 pm, and hope to be back by 4 pm insha Allah.

Annual Fundraising Drive
Support the Islamic Center of East Lansing run it's daily operations and fund it's projects by making a generous donation this Ramadan.
The campaign encourages members to make donations at three different levels.
Gold $999 |  Silver $499  | Bronze $249

Make a check payable to the Islamic Center of East Lansing and mention Ramadan Annual Fundraising in the memo of the check and drop it in the donation box or bring it to the office. You may also mail it to the Islamic Center, 920 Ss. Harrison, E Lansing, MI 48823

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

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. This year we want to take it one step further and 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 discard 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 Kareem ! Happy Ramadan !

Thursday, June 18 is the 1st day of fasting of Ramadan, 
insha Allah 

Taraweeh Prayers will commence after Isha prayers at 11:10 pm
Wednesday, June 17

This year we will have 29 days of fasting. Eid-Al-Fitr will be 
celebrated on Friday July 17, insha Allah.

Ramadan Prayer Schedule 

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 11:10 pm on Wednesday, June 17th

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 19, 26 and July 3, 10.

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.

Fundraising Islamic Center Dinner 
After Maghrib, Saturday, June 20 
You are invited to the 
Islamic Center's 
Fundraising Dinner on 
Saturday June 20
After the Maghrib prayer

Keynote Speaker
Imam Sohail

Get your tickets at the 
Islamic Center after the 
Friday Prayer or at the office

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 8-16 - 2:45 am to 3:45 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. 

  • 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.

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 $8.00 per person (or $10 if you are able to) 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. 

Ramadan and Eid Bazaar
Bazaar Dates changed
A Bazaar will be organized during the 3 remaining Fridays of Ramadan.

Friday June 26, July 3 and July 10 - after Maghrib

You can do your Ramadan and Eid shopping here and support your fellow brothers and sisters businesses.
To reserve a table, contact Br. Nureini Dinki or email

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 toddler-aged children. Older children should be with parents or resting at home.
  • During the night prayers, please ensure your children are either in the Kids Camp program or by your side.

No Loitering - Time for worship!

  • For brothers we cannot accommodate a socializing space, therefore all brothers, young and old, are requested to avoid socializing during the night prayers. For those not praying, we request that you maintain quiet.
  • The library and conference room will not be available for use during the night prayers.
  • For sisters an area will be designated for socializing.

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. Unfortunately, however, this is not the time or place!
  • Youth boys are encouraged to join the prayer. If not, then quiet must be maintained. Other spaces for socializing will not be available during the night prayer. To keep safe and respect our neighbors, absolutely no hanging out in the parking lot.
  • Parents we need your support! If your children cannot bear the prayer, then it is better that they stay home and come only once a week, for example.

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!

Ramadan Health Guide 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.

My Role Model
Ramadan Youth Competition
Categories - Essay, Poetry, Short Film
Ages 12 and up
Click here for a Flyer with complete details

Day of Eid - Friday, July 17
Friday, July 17 is the 1st of Shawaal and the first day of Eid will be celebrated on this day after completing 29 days of fasting, insha Allah.
Prayer Venue : Lansing Center 
Gathering, Takbeer : 9:00 am 
Eid Prayer : 9:30 am
Greetings : 10:00 am
Program for children : 10:15 am

Give yourself enough time to park and walk up to the prayer area. 
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 held at the Islamic Center after Fajr to help you fulfill your spiritual obligation.

As the spirit of Eid calls for it to be celebrated with the entire community, we encourage all of you to 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
Click image for larger view

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

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 if you have any questions.

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

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
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

Quran Summer Program
A New Qur'an program will start Monday June 15th, and last 6 weeks. 

Classes will be held 3 days a week:
1 pm to 4 pm  
Monday,Tuesday and Thursday.

Open for children who know how to read Arabic.
Boys 6 years and up. Imam Sohail will teach the older boys.
Girls ages 6 and up
Fee is $50 per child for the entire program

The program will teach proper Qura'nic recitation, explanation, and memorization, du'a & Islamic lessons, fun activities/ arts & crafts organized by age groups.

To register, parents are encouraged to come early on Monday June 15 before  the class commences.

Dar-Al-Quran Summer Programs 
Dar-Al-Quran is offering two programs this Summer

One program will be offered two months.

Another is an intensive 2 week camp.

Details below:
Dar- Al-Quran Program 1

Summer program 2015 will begin on June 15 and end August 12


Monday through Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm


Ages 5 to 12 years, boys and girls

Dar-Al-Quran Program 2

Summer Camp will begin on Aug 17, and end on Aug 27

Monday through Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm


Ages 6 to 16, Boys and Girls.

Download a registration form for Program 1 (Summer program)

Quran reading, memorization, and an activity class. 

The number of students is limited to 35. Tuition - $100 for the 1st child, $75 for the 2nd child, and $50 for the 3rd child. 

Proof of income must be furnished to avail discounts.

Two-week program for students who can read the Quran and are willing to memorize a least a page a day.

Program capacity: 5 students

 Every summer, MSU offers language and culture day camps for children ages 6-12 on campus. 

The camps generally take place for one week (Monday-Friday) from 8:30 am - 4 pm. Morning-only options are available for most camps (8:30 am - 12 pm). 


No previous knowledge of the language is necessary and children of higher proficiency levels can be accommodated. Older and more advanced children may also serve as facilitators if they are interested.


Click here for details :

Arabic Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 12:30 - 4pm (afternoon only)

German: Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)
Hebrew: Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 8:30 am - 12 pm (morning only)

Spanish: Monday-Friday, June 22-26, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)

Hindi: Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)

Chinese: Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)

French: Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)

Japanese: Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)

Italian: Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 8:30 am - 4 pm (full day or morning only)

Lansing State Journal report on volunteers from our community 
MSU volunteers aid Syrian refugees
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GLIS Summer Camp 2015 
Ages 3 to 12 years
June 15 - August 14
The Greater Lansing Islamic School is offering a Summer Camp for children ages 3 to 12 years.

Duration: June 15- August 14
Monday through Friday. 8:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

9 weeks of enrichment, advancement & fun

Tuition: $ 1,200 per child for the 9- week camp, or $ 155/week

GLIS Summer School Camp offers young children from Preschool through 7th grade outstanding opportunities for enrichment, advancement, and fun. They will have ample opportunity to explore their interests, develop important skills, and be even more prepared for the next level of academic challenges in the fall. Our goal is to ensure that each child is challenged to develop his or her abilities without undue pressure, so they can excel in the classroom.

The Camp will be run by our teachers. Classes are held at the Islamic School. Snacks are provided. Students bring their own lunch.

Please stop by the school to register your child. Registration deadline: June 10th
Questions? Call 517.332.3700 or eMail:

GLIS Advance Registration 2015-16 
Grades Early Pre-K to 8th Grade
The Greater Lansing Islamic School is accepting Advance Registration for the academic year 2015-16.

The Greater Lansing Islamic School is a private elementary and middle school in East Lansing, Michigan, offering classes from Early Pre-K through Grade 8. 

Deadline: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Questions? Call 517.332.3700 or eMail:

Mark your Calendars
Annual Community Picnic Sunday June 7Details to follow

Insha Allah, 
1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday, June 18, 2015
1st of Shawwal will be on Friday, July 17, 2015

Muslim response to ISIS
When it comes to attacking Islam and Muslims, lately it appears to be an open season. 

A recent article in The Atlantic casts ISIS as being motivated by ideology and is being touted as a defining report on the terrorist organization. However, this article is deeply flawed and full of inaccuracies.
ISIS's biggest victim is Islam
And it runs counter to President Obama's recent statement, quoted below, that accuses groups like ISIS of perverting Islam:  

"We must never accept the premise that they put forth [that ISIS is an accurate depiction of Islam] because it is a lie. Nor should we grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists...We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Here are a few scholarly articles that offer viewpoints that challenge the inaccuracies of Graeme Wood's flawed article in The Atlantic.
Here are a few scholarly articles that offer a viewpoints from renowned Muslims and others and also  challenge the inaccuracies of Greame Wood's flawed article in The Atlantic.

What is “Islamic”? A Muslim Response to ISIS 
by Daniel Haqiqatjou and Dr. Yasir Qadhi

The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS
By Haroon Moghul

How 'Islamic' Is the Islamic State?
By Dr. Juan Cole

Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice issues statement expressing concern about rising Islamophobia & Anti-Muslim attacks

File picture of the group from 2011 by Tom Rico         

Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice

A membership organization seeking to end war and promote social justice through advocacy, education and action


February 20, 2015

For Immediate Release

East Lansing, MI: The spate of attacks against our Muslim friends and neighbors, both locally and across the country, concerns us all. We must forge a collective stance against intolerance and violence.

Tragically, we’ve seen a tremendous spike in the level of anti-Muslim hate speech and now we’re starting to see that hate rhetoric turning into acts of violence targeting Muslims. President Obama called the killings “brutal and outrageous.”

Some of the most worrisome events in the United States in early February include the burning of a mosque in Texas, the murders of three university students in North Carolina, and the beating of a man in Dearborn. We have also seen an upsurge of minor aggression - including verbal attacks that escape major media reportage.

No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship 

We call upon people of faith, public officials, government representatives, and members of civil society, to join us in condemning hatred, prejudice, and violence. Our community's moral value requires being respectful of difference and accepting of diversity in characteristics and beliefs. Violent words and actions only damage our community and our nation. Thus, we promise to continue to speak up against violence, hatred, and prejudice in whatever form it takes and whomever it targets. 

We urge everyone in our community to build on friendship, neighborliness, and mutual support during these difficult times.

Endorsements and questions regarding this statement can be sent to: 
Members of the GLNAWI Coordinating Committee at

Take advantage of the Tax Deduction !
Donations made to the Islamic Center are tax-deductible. Donation receipts for 2014 will be mailed out by January 31, 2015.
You still have time to take advantage of the tax deduction for this year 2014.
You can mail your donation or drop your check in donation boxes at the Islamic Center before December 31, 2014 to get a tax-deduction on your donation.
Mailing address: 920 S. Harrison, E Lansing, MI 48823


Wanted: Community volunteers wishing to experience a cross-cultural friendship.


Interested in learning about other cultures, while sharing examples of American culture? 


The International Friendship Program (IFP), affiliated with MSU, is seeking community volunteers (adult singles, couples, families) wishing to experience a cross-cultural friendship.


The time commitment is minimal - you are asked to meet with your assigned student at least once a month for a minimum of one year. 
Activities can be as simple as meeting for coffee, going shopping, or inviting the student to your home for a meal. 
If you would like to become involved with this rewarding program, please go to the IFP website at, read more about the International Friendship Program, and complete the volunteer application (for IFP - Application for American Hosts) .  Please apply by January 20 to be considered for the  February  matching session.

Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter to ISIS / ISIL meticulously blasting its ideology
More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

Full report:  


Nihad Awad, center, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and more than 10 Muslim-American leaders Wednesday (Sept. 24) endorse a letter written by more than 100 Islamic scholars that denounces ISIS by relying on sacred Muslims texts.
Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe | RNS photo by Lauren Markoe


Hijri 1436 Prayer Schedule ~ 2014-15
Pick up your copy from the Islamic Center office or  access the links below to,

Bookmark it:

Adhan Time:

Iqamah Time:  

(Iqamah time is when we pray in congregation in the Masjid) 

Download in following formats: 
Excel File-
PDF File-

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
2015 Thu, June 18 Fri, July 17
Lansing Center
Wed, Sept. 23
Causeway Bay Hotel and
Conference Center
2016 Mon, June 6 Wed, July 6
Lansing Center
Sun, Sept. 11
Causeway Bay Hotel and
Conference 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. 

"And continue to remind, for surely the reminder profits the believers. " (verse 55 of Surah # 51: ADH-DHARIYAT)


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