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 Local Clergy to Issue Statement of Support for Islamic Center
For more information, contact:
The Rev. Kit Carlson 
Member clergy of the East Lansing Area Clergy Association will share a statement of support with members of the Islamic Center and the wider community as a public expression of solidarity with Muslim neighbors in mid-Michigan. The announcement and press conference will be held Friday, February 12, at 1 p.m., at the Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823.

The New York Times has reported that hate crimes against Muslims have tripled since the San Bernadino shootings in early December 2015. The member clergy of the East Lansing Area Clergy Association are dismayed by this rise in hate speech, hate crimes and acts of aggression against Muslims in recent weeks. Local priests, rabbis, pastors, and the imam of the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing hope that this statement will demonstrate the faith community's condemnation of Islamophobia and its commitment to work together to build stronger relationships in February through a shared "Islam Awareness Month."

Congregations across the East Lansing area are hosting conversations, book studies, film screenings and dinners in an attempt to understand this major world religion better. A schedule of events in local congregations will be available at the press conference. ELACA is encouraging members of all its congregations to visit the Islamic Center and other congregations' educational programs to build better relationships across the region.

"We are committed to learning more about this major world religion and to building real relationships with our Muslim neighbors," said the Rev. Alice Townley, president of ELACA. "We want the community to see us as leaders in the conversation. We want to show our support, as people of faith, for those faithful people who adhere to the Muslim religion."

Imam Solail Chaudry, the Rev. Alice Townley, Rabbi Michael Zimmerman and other clergy will be available for interview and comment at the event.


"Islamic Jurisprudence of Financial Transactions"
Friday and Saturday | February 12 & 13
after Isha prayer on both nights at 7:30 pm
A special presentation by a guest speaker 
Dr. Main Al-Qudah, Assistant Professor, Al-Huda University

All brothers and sisters are invited to join us for this special presentation. 
The Friday Khutbah will be delivered by the guest speaker as well insha Allah.

"Muslim Mental Health Conference"
Thursday Mar 17 - Sun Mar 20
at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

The conference is about discussing disparities with health care especially concerning Muslim communities,  and reducing stigma for mental illness. The conference is coordinated by Dr. Farha Abbasi, MSU Psychiatrist, Managing Editor of the Muslim Mental Health Journal, Assistant Professor, MSU.

Youth and the Messenger of Allah
Part 2 of the new lecture series ~ presented by Imam Sohail 
Please note: Owing to a guest speaker visiting us on Feb 12, this lecture will be offered on the 3rd Friday this month (instead of the previously announced 2nd Friday) insha Allah
7:30 pm, Friday, February 19
at the Islamic Center
We invite all Brothers and Sisters to join us for this talk 

About this lecture: In this series Imam Sohail will introduce prominent young companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him and how he interacted with them in order to build strong personalities. 

Suitable for: This will be a beneficial course for parents, adults who interact with youth like teachers and the youth themselves who will be introduced to the youth around the Messenger.

Global Perspectives on Political Violence, Part 1
Cosponsored by MSU Muslim Studies Program
2:30 pm - 4 pm, Thursday, February 18
204 Bessey Hall, MSU

Ken Harrow (English/GSAH) ~ The Naked Face of Globalization: Violence in the East Congo and Mali

Sidney Lu (History) ~ Myth and Truth: Japanese Atrocities During WWII from a Global Perspective

Tacuma Peters (English/GSAH) ~ Decolonization and Violence

Jyotsna Singh (English) ~ Postcolonial Violence in India and Bourgeois Realist Novel: Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others


President Obama's speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, on his first visit to a mosque in America as the President.
"I want every Muslim American who may be wondering where they fit in to know that you're right where you belong - right here, because you're part of America, too. You are not Muslim or American. You are Muslim AND American."

Please take a moment to thank the President. The White House is being attacked for reaching out to Muslims. They need positive reinforcement.

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Upcoming lectures and programs from Muslim Studies program at MSU

The Rise of Islam in a Judeo-Christian Context
Date: Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016
Time: 7 pm 
Location: 303 International Center
Speaker: Jonathan Brockopp, Penn State University

Why academic freedom is at risk in Turkey today?
Date: Friday, 05 Feb 2016
Time: 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: 201 International Center
Description: At a January 2016 emergency meeting, Turkey's Higher Education Council launched an investigation against 1, 128 academics who signed a petition appealing to the state to pursue peace talks with the country's Kurdish community. This "Peace Petition" was depicted as "terrorist propaganda" & hence pursued as an issue beyond academic freedom. Days following the meeting, university administrators throughout Turkey took action against those who signed the petition. This crackdown on scholars generated an up-roar within Turkey & abroad, & protest letters began to flood the offices of Turkish institutions & officials. Seen from outside as an effort to silence the critics of the government, this case raises larger questions about freedom of speech, academic freedom, human rights, etc. within Turkey & elsewhere. This teach-in brings together relevant scholars to discuss into human rights & speech issues in Turkey and reflect on what this means for Turkey & interna-tional academics who work on the country.

Transcultural Teens Performing Youth Identities in French Cities
Date: Monday, 08 Feb 2016
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm
Location: 303 International Center
Presented by : Chantal Tetreault, Department of Anthropology, MSU


Dar-Al-Quran ~ New Semester
Saturday Jan 23, 11 am to 1 pm
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Jan 23 to April 30
Class commences - January 23
Class Times - Saturdays 11 am to 1 pm 

Registration forms are available in the office or can be submitted online by clicking here and following up with payment in person later. Or you can download the form by clicking h

Fee is $50 per semester per student. 50% discount for Greater Lansing Islamic School students. 


Join the Michigan Muslim Community Council Campaign
to Provide Clean Water for Flint Residents
Access to clean water is a basic human need which the people of Flint do not have. Our Muslim and American values simply do not allow us to ignore the plight of our fellow neighbors. In Islam, providing water is one of the highest forms of charity. As Americans, we simply cannot allow the people of Flint to be without one of the basic necessities for life.

Click here to Donate:


Youth Islamic Classes
at the Islamic Center
Taught by Imam Sohail

Classes will resume in January 2016

Ages 8 to 12
Select one of two classes with maximum of 20 students per class.
Classes Resume Tuesday January 12 or Wednesday, January 13 of you choose Wednesdays class option.
Class time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Ages 13 and up
Classes Resume Sunday January 17
Class time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Please stop by Imam's Office to register
Registration deadline:  Friday, January 8th, 2016
Registration Fee:  1 child ~ $50 
2 children ~ $75
3 or more children ~ $100

Arabic Language Classes
at the Islamic Center
Taught by Imam Sohail

New Classes beginning
Jan 11 - May 30, 2016

Reading and Writing Semester 2 Mondays 6 to 7 pm
Language & Grammar Class Semester 3 Mondays 7 to 8:30 pm
Language & Grammar Class Semester 1 Sundays 11 am to 1 pm

The goal of the class is to attain Arabic Language skills to enable one to understand the Qur'an and enjoy the salah.

Age: For students 12 years and up
Register (1) After Jummah Prayer  |  (2) At the Islamic Center Office or (3) Online at

The Course fee - $50

Islam 101
2:30 pm, Sunday March 6
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

The Islam 101 class is offered on the first Sunday of every month and is intended for our friends and neighbors who would like find out more about Islam. It will feature a presentation about the basics of Islam as well as issues particularly pertinent today will be followed by discussion and QA time.

Please share this with your peers, friends, neighbors, classmates who may benefit from this learning opportunity.

Open to all. Questions? eMail



Al Maghrib Institute presents 

Deception: a study of Shaytan" by Shaykh Saad Tasleem
Date: February 19th - 20th, 2016  .[click here] 

Friday at MCWS-Canton
Sat-Sunday at University of Michigan-Dearborn[click here] 

Instructor: Shaykh Saad Tasleem

Description: Qabeelah Ittihaad is pleased to announce a one-weekend seminar coming soon, which offers a comprehensive study of Shay?an. Is he the Islamic equivalent of the boogeyman? Is he simply a scapegoat for all of our problems and shortcomings? Who exactly is he?

But it’s not as bad you think. The way of Allah is to not leave His servants in their heated conflict with Shay?an without any aid or support from Him. From His Mercy is to provide for the believers those who would remind and educate them how to remain steadfast upon the truth in this lifelong struggle.

Enroll: Please click here | Facebook Event Page 

For Financial Aid, Babysitting, carpooling, travel accommodations & more, visit

If you have any questions contact Qabeelah Ittihaad-Michigan



@wilxTV 's Rilwan Balogun (@RilwanB5) reports on the Islamic Center of East Lansing's efforts to educate public on the...

Posted by Islamic Center East Lansing on Sunday, January 3, 2016


Save the Date: CAIR-MI 16th Annual Banquet April 10

Posted by Cair Michigan on Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Help Greater Lansing Islamic School raise funds via
The Greater Lansing Islamic School is partnering with Schoola to help raise funds for our children at the school.
What’s Schoola? It’s a great way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to Greater Lansing Islamic School to help fund programs for our kids.

That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! Simply click here or on the image below to view our very own Schoola landing page where you can request a bag and view our progress and funds earned.
Questions? contact


MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Libraries, and East Lansing Public Library present - a scholar-led book group to learn more about the experiences of Muslims. We will begin with an introduction to the Qur'an and its place in the lives of Muslims. 

Then we will read four memoirs exploring the authors' paths in countries including Egypt, France, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the United States.  Each session will start with a short lecture, followed by facilitated book discussion, and finish with a question and answer period. 

Public is invited to participate.  Drop-in for one or attend all five sessions; no sign up required.  Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments served.

Questions?  Please contact Deborah Margolis or Jill Abood.

Books may be borrowed from the MSU Main Library's "reserved reading" desk (residents of Michigan may be eligible for a Community Borrower's Card) or the East Lansing Public Library.  Books are available for purchase at Schuler Books and Music in Okemos and Everybody Reads in Lansing.

Wednesday, February 17
7:00 pm
MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4th floor West wing
Emine Evered, Associate Professor of History, will lead a discussion on Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood (Graphic Novel) by Marjane Satrapi.
Wednesday, March 16
7:00 pm
**East Lansing Public Library**
Leila Tarakji, Graduate Student in English, will lead a discussion on The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson. 
Special Event: MSU Film Collective Screening
Thursday, February 25
8:00 pm
**B122 Wells Hall**
Persepolis (Animated Feature Film)
Cosponsored by the MSU Libraries, MSU Comics Forum and MSU Film Collective
With discussion by Kaveh Askari of Western Washington University.

Seerah Class: The Biography & Life of Prophet Muhammad
Peace be upon him
presented by Imam Sohail
after Isha, every Wednesday
at the Islamic Center
We invite all Brothers and Sisters to join us for this talk 


New Hijri Prayer Schedule ~ 1437 | 2015-16
Pick up your Free copy from the Islamic Center.. Available in 2 formats:
1. Color Single sheet long format and
2. B&W booklet format

You may access it online at :
(Iqamah time is when we pray in congregation in the Masjid) 

Download in following formats: 
Excel -
PDF  -

Registration Open ~ 2015-16
Enrollment open for grades ~ Early Pre-K to Grade 8
If you missed the Early Registration at the Greater Lansing Islamic School, you can still register your child to attend the school.  

For more information contact the 
GLIS office at 517-332-3700, 
or email Principal Dr. Jones 
Early Pre-Kindergarten class at GLIS
Early Pre-Kindergarten at GLIS follows the Montessori Method of learning. 

Students learn Arabic, Islamic Studies, Quran and social skills in a safe environment. 

Children Two and half years of age are eligible to be enrolled in the Early Pre-Kindergarten class.

For more information contact the 
GLIS office at 517-332-3700
or email Principal Dr. Jones 

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

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
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. 

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Please keep yourself informed on the talking points mentioned in the link below on how to counter the Anti-Muslim sentiment that is sweeping the nation.

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this site are those of individuals and not necessarily the express opinion of the Islamic Soc. of Gr Lansing.

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