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You  are invited to a Community Lecture with 
Imam Sohail 
8 pm  |  Friday, March 6

You are invited to join us with your family this Friday for a community lecture with Imam Sohail after the Isha prayer at 7:30 pm. 

This will be the third lecture in a series on the events of the afterlife, deriving lessons we can implement in our current life, insha Allah. 
We hope you can join us!

Daylight Savings begins Sunday March 8
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8.
At 1 a.m., clocks should be set forward one hour.

Daily Prayer times will change accordingly by one hour.

Friday prayer (Jummah) times will not change. They are same throughout the year.

Islam Awareness Campaign
Support our sisters led effort to give away awareness kits

A lot of misinformation exists out there about our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and about Islam in general.This distorts the perception of Islam and Muslims, fostering Islamophobia  which leads to acts of hate, including violence against Muslims.

We can counter this with education by educating the public.

Our education kit consists of literature, suggested reading and includes

a book titled Muhammad: A Prophet for our time by Karen Armstrong.

You can sponsor a kit for $20 by donating in the designated box at the Islamic Center.

The Council on Islamic-American Relations Michigan Chapter 
invites you to attend and support it's 
15th Annual Banquet : Rooted in Faith, Growing through Service 

1 pm, Sunday March 8
at Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd., 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

MC: Zahra BillooEsq, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Altaf Hussain, Vice President ISNA, and Judge Adam Shakoor

$50 Adults | $30 Students | $10 Children under 10 | $500 Table of 10

You can also obtain the tickets from the Islamic Center of East Lansing Office.

Arabic Language & Grammar Class
March 23 - June 15, 2015


Understanding the Qur'an and Enjoying the Salaat.   

Fee: $50/student


Click here to Register



- Aged 12 up (for adults primarily - Brothers and Sisters)

- Basic fluency in reading Arabic 

Local news Reports on East Lansing man Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad who was arrested for lying to Feds

Lansing State Journal Report: 

WLNS: News at 6
(at mark 2:30)

The Council on Islamic-American Relations Michigan Chapter
invites you to attend and support it's 
15th Annual Banquet : Rooted in Faith, Growing through Service 
1pm, Sunday March 8
at Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd., 
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California
MC: Zahra Billoo, Esq, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area.

You can also obtain the tickets from the Islamic Center of East Lansing Office.


ELCA Living Fire Ministries, the Islamic Center of East Lansing, the Red Cedar Community Association and University Lutheran Church present the 9th Interfaith Event

  Navigating Religious Exercise and Civic Engagement
7 to 9 pm, March 28th
University Lutheran Church | 1020 S. Harrison Rd | East Lansing

Come and enjoy an evening of learning and discovery about the relationship between Religion & Society as  lived out within the three Abrahamic religious traditions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. There will be, an overview of the US Constitution for this topic and panelists representing each tradition's lived experience of this topic. The program consists of panelist presentations, small group discussion, and time for questions and answers.


Frank S. Ravitch, Professor of Law and Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion, MSU, College of Law

Reverend Frederick Fritz, University Lutheran Church

Lisa L. Swem, Attorney Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

Imam Sohail Chaudhry Islamic Center of East Lansing

Delicious desserts & refreshments will be provided by University Lutheran Church

This is a program begun in 2010 to coordinate public events for building a bridge of understanding and friend-ship among the communities of the Abrahamic Faiths: Muslim, Christian, Jewish and their traditions.

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

Youth Boys 12 & Up are invited to 
Join the Youth Boys from Coldwater, MI 
for an evening of Spiritual Learning and Fun Activities
4pm to 9pm, Sat Mar 7 at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

Change in day of week for
Seerah Class taught by Imam Sohail Chaudhry
It will now be held every Wednesday.
Time remains same => after Isha Prayer at 8:00 pm

7 pm Sunday, March 15 
Join our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church
to watch a 4-part documentary series 
Standing on Sacred Ground

Sunday March 15th

7p.m. to 8:45p.m. (doors open at 6:30p.m.)              

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing  

855 Grove St, E Lansing 

The program is Free and this is an Open Invitation to all 


Parking: in Church Lot and in the E. Lansing Public Library lots on Library Lane; park on Grove Street for barrier free.

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND, is a documentary series portraying indigenous people in eight parts of the world struggling to protect sacred lands and cultures, while defending their human rights, and the natural environment critical to their cultural heritage. The first of four films, PILGRIMS AND TOURISTS focuses on native Altaian people in remote regions of Russia confronting GasProm and its proposed pipeline, and the Winnemem Wintu, an unrecognized tribe in northern California’s Mt Shasta region where raising the dam is proposed. After the showing, you’ll have an opportunity to talk with Jennifer Castner, director of the Altai Project.

GLIS Annual Qur'an Recitation Competition
May 6-7, 2015 | Registration deadline April 10 

The Greater Lansing Islamic School invites students to take part in the annual Qur'an Memorization and Recitation Competition. 

Open to all children in the community ages 4- 15.
Date: May 6th and May 7th, 2015
Registration deadline : April 10th, 2015

Dar-Al-Quran New Semester
Jan 10 - Mar 28, 2015
Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran
Payment is due on the first day of class Jan 10, 2015
Class Dates - January 10 to March 28
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 here
Fee is $50 per semester per student. 50% discount for Greater Lansing Islamic School students. 

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
Causeway Bay Hotel and
Conference Center
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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Talking Points on Anti-Muslim Backlash

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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