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Sisters' Halaqah

Presented by Imam Sohail

8 pm · Friday · Feb 23

Topic ~ Inspiring Women: 
Hind Bint Utbah

This is a special monthly presentation by Imam Sohail for sisters. 
Brothers are welcome to listen in as well.


MSU Muslim Studies Program and the MSU Libraries present
Muslim Journeys · Thu Feb 22 · 7 pm · MSU Main Library
A campus/community scholar-led book discussion series which, through a variety of genres, we will engage with literature and each other on the persistent and pressing topics of racism, war, and genocide.

The Arab of the Future: A Graphic Memoir: A Childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984) by Riad Sattouf 

Thu · Feb 22 · 7pm
This Feb. 22nd session will feature "The Arab of the Future" by award-winning French-Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf. This graphic memoir is about Sattouf's childhood growing up in France, Libya, and Syria in the 1970s and 80s. 

This book discussion event is part of the MSU Comics Forum. It will begin with a short lecture with Dr. Emine Evered, Associate Professor of History.

Then, we'll break up into smaller groups for discussions of the book. At the end of the evening, the full group will reconvene for final discussion and questions.

FREE and open to the public! Light refreshments provided.
All events will be held at the MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4th floor West side.

There is free parking near the Main Library after 6pm, including in Stadium Lot 62E (employee lot) on Red Cedar Rd.

This series is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing and the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing
Please contact librarian Deborah Margolis at or 517-884-0892 with any questions.

Tue · March 13 · 7pm

This Muslim American Life by Moustafa Bayoumi (essays)
Leila Tarakji, PhD candidate, Department of English

Co-sponsored by Truth Racial Healing & Transformation of Metro Lansing

Special Additional Lecture:

"Jihad in Islamic Scripture and Thought"
Tue  · March 27  · 7 pm

Dr. Mohammad Khalil, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, adjunct professor of Law, & Director of the Muslim Studies Program. 

Dr. Khalil's latest book is Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism and can be purchased at for a limited time at 32% discounted price.


Plan Ahead for an Active Shooter Situation
Talk with your family. describes what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event, how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place.  Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.
What to do in an Active Shooter situation

Make a Plan ahead of time
  • Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an active shooter.
  • Look for the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
  • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.
Read more at offers guidance on various emergency situation. Check it out and make plans with your family for being prepared for the various life threatening situations.


"Once Upon the Nile" 
An Al Maghrib seminar led by 
March 9-11, 2018
Tawheed Center-Farmington Hills

Description: This is a seminar about facing your own Pharaohs, and finding the strength to split your own seas. It relives the Epic of Musa in the 21st century as it pertains to YOUR life.

Questions: email or 

Relate to a variety of characters in the story.
You will certainly find yourself in one of them.
Enrich your engagement with the Quran and its wisdom.
Learn about redemption, forgiveness, and rising above.
Know what happened to Bani Isra’il before Musa’s birth, after his death, and everything in between.
Open the floodgates of Dua, salah, and tawakkul.
Appreciate why the scholars said, “The Quran could have been entirely for Musa!”


Security Guard - Job Opening
The Islamic Center is seeking evening shift Security Guards to assist securing the Islamic center building. The evening shift starts from 3:50 PM and ends an hour after Isha prayer on weekdays and at 11 PM on weekends, special occasions, and for scheduled basketball game in the gym.

Beside the general surveillance for the building and premises security, the general duties include: keeping the Gym closed at all times after the GLIS closes and open Gym only to the enlisted teams on authorized dates and time; keeping children safe and busy from interfering with IC's evening events through babysitting and monitors; assist parking control; and daily locking and arming the center at the end of shift and notifying the security team.



Marriage Profile
As a follow up to launch of the Matrimonial Services offered by the Islamic Center of East Lansing under the auspices of Imam Sohail's office, potential candidates are encouraged to register their profiles by submitting a form onlilne.



New Semester Commences Jan 13

Registration is now open for the Next Semester for Dar-Al-Quran 

Payment is due on the first day of class Jan 13, 2018

Classes are held every Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm.

The Halima Project
Refugee Mentoring Program

Refugee children face many challenges when transitioning into their new homelands. The Halimah Project aims to help them assimilate in the society.

How you can help
Help the students with their homework
Help them with Islamic Studies and Quran reading.
Engage them in Fun activities.
Do some arts and crafts with them.

If you are unable to help the program with your time and skills, you can support it monetarily by making a check to the Islamic Center and mentioning "Halimah Project Donation" in the memo or click here to Donate online towards it.

Contact Nour Abu-Haltam or Hauwa Abbas to sign-up by emailing


Upcoming Programs

Arabic Classes
New Semester Commences Jan 14

Reading & Writing 
Semester 2: Thu  6 - 7 pm
Semester 4: Mon 6 - 7 pm

Grammar & Language Book 1
Semester 1 : Sun 4 - 6 pm

Grammar & Language Book 1
Semester 2 : Wed 6 - 7:30 pm
Semester 4 : Sun 1:30 - 3 pm

Grammar & Language Book 2
Semester 1 : Sun 11 -1 pm
Semester 2: Mon 7 - 8:30 pm
Jeopardy Style Islamic Quiz
1:30 pm Sunday Jan 28

The next episode of the Islamic Styled Jeopardy Contest will be held Sunday, January 28th 1:30 pm. 
Topic: Life of the Prophet Muhammad 

Book: Stories of the Prophets by Ibn Kathir, Pages 98 - 108 

Click here to Register

Ages: 8-18 years

Teams of 3 or 4 members need to send an email to with team name and members in order to register.

Deadline for registration: Sunday, January 21st. 

Youth Islamic Studies Classes
New Semester Commences Jan 14

Students ages 8 , 9, 10
We Are Muslims , Book 2 | Chapters 1 - 5
Session 1 Tuesday 6 - 7 PM
To purchase book click here

Students ages 11- 12
We Are Muslims Book 3 | Chapters 26 - 30
Session 2 Wednesday 6 - 7 PM
To purchase book click here

Students ages 13+ 
Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, the Medinah Era and Tafseer of Juz Amma'
Sunday 4:30 - 6 PM
No book is required for this course. 

Cost: $50 for 1 child; $75 for 2;  $100 for 3+


Positions Open in the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee invites members of the community who have the talent and desire to serve in these positions to serve a two year term. Contact Imam Sohail or submit your contact information via email to or in the donation box located in the multipurpose room.

Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism
A new book, written by Dr. Mohammad Khalil
Dr. Khalil is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Director of the Muslim Studies Program, Michigan State University

Dr. Mohammad Khalil has written a new book titled Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism (New York: Cambridge University Press). 

Is Islam fundamentally violent?

For influential New Atheists such as Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Richard Dawkins, the answer is an emphatic yes, largely because of the Islamic doctrine of jihad. According to this view, when al-Qaeda plotted 9/11 or ISIS planned any one of its recent terrorist attacks, they were acting in accord with Islamic scripture.

Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism scrutinizes this claim by comparing the conflicting interpretations of jihad offered by mainstream Muslim scholars, violent Muslim radicals, and New Atheists. Mohammad Hassan Khalil considers contemporary Muslim terrorism to be a grave problem that we must now confront. He shows, however, that the explanations offered for this phenomenon by the New Atheists are highly problematic, and that their own interpretations of the role of violence in Islam exceed those of even radicals such as Osama bin Laden. In showing all of this, Khalil offers critical insights on a most pressing issue.

"Mohammad Khalil's critique of the "new atheists" is compelling, rational, and hard-hitting without veering into polemics. The result is a highly lucid, carefully argued and engaging book on a very timely topic that has been begging for such a level-headed, scholarly treatment."
- Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Indiana University

"...[N]o work has to this point looked at jihadist discourses on war and New Atheist discourses on Islam together as a shared narrative around what it means to be genuinely motivated by religion in modern Islam. Mohammad Khalil's book does just that, and it should be required reading for anyone looking for a way out of the Manicheanism of both jihadism and certain kinds of anti-religious discourse."
- Andrew F. March, Law and Social Change Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School

Recent presentations by Imam Sohail
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New Hijri Prayer Schedule ~ 1439 | 2017-18
Pick up your Free Copy of the Prayer Schedule 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: 
PDF (2-page long) -
PDF (multi-page)   -



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
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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