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You are invited to a Halaqah  
Why Should I make Dawah
(an invitation to God's path)
Friday Nov 27, 7:30 pm
Presented by Imam Sohail at the Islamic Center
Open to All ~ Brothers and Sisters


Thanksgiving Message from Nihad Awad, 
National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization
Remember the Refugees at the First Thanksgiving
Nihad Awad

This Thursday, friends and family will gather to commemorate the resettlement of the first wave of refugees to what would become the United States. While we as a nation are now more cognizant of the terrible toll this resettlement took on the native inhabitants of the land, we also recognize that the resulting ethnic and religious diversity of America is unique in all the world.

In the midst of eating turkey and stuffing around the dinner table, we will be reminded that, at its core, America is a land of immigrants, a nation comprised of innumerable waves of men, women and children fleeing oppression and seeking a better life.

The history of our country is one defined by overlapping layers in which new groups of individuals have joined our national fabric and given it new shape through their cultural, artistic and intellectual contributions.

As we come together on this day to celebrate the tremendous blessings we enjoy as Americans, we must therefore also remember our shared work of fighting for freedom, equality and dignity for all people, regardless of their national, ethnic or religious background. 

As the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), I believe strongly in the values and principles on which our country was founded, established by the descendants of those first refugees fleeing discrimination in their homeland. 

They sought to create a country in which anyone could be welcome, their contributions valued and where freedom and justice would be the law of the land. For more than 20 years, and to this very day, CAIR has worked tirelessly in support of these founding principles. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but recognize that much still remains to be done to make them a reality for all Americans.

In the days and weeks leading up to this day of thanks, we have seen a darkening of the tone on the place of American Muslims. We have witnessed a Christian Ethiopian immigrant in North Carolina being threatened and beaten after being mistaken for a Muslim; we have seen airlines remove passengers because of their racial background or spoken language; we have watched as a pregnant Muslim woman was assaulted on the street in San Diego while pushing her child in a stroller; and we have seen too many mosques vandalized, shot at, threatened, and defaced by those who say that Islam has no place within America - the same rhetoric that has too often been leveled at Jewish, Catholic, Irish, and African-Americans.

Tragically, even those who hold or seek public office have turned this hatred against the newest wave of refugees seeking shelter in our land. Descendants of immigrants who came to our country seeking a better life have forgotten their past, and now turn their backs on Syrian refugees fleeing the horrors of ISIS on one side, and the brutality of the Assad regime on the other. 

Groups such as the coalition of governors who demanded that President Obama suspend Syrian refugee resettlement coldly ignore the plight of innocent children who have the potential to become our next generation of doctors, lawyers, engineers, and elected officials. They place no confidence in our country's robust system for vetting newcomers and they forget that some of the greatest contributors to American society, such as Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Steve Jobs' father (himself Syrian) have also been refugees from hostile countries. 

They would sacrifice our shared humanity on the false altar of security, unable to understand the core truth that these values can only exist when they exist together.

On this day, I encourage us all to not only be thankful for the blessings we enjoy as Americans, but to recall the circumstances surrounding the first Thanksgiving: a huddled group of newcomers, fleeing persecution, giving thanks for the generosity of their hosts in a challenging new world. 

Today, I invite you to join us in gratitude for all that we enjoy in this land, and to share in our efforts to make this bounty available to all.

The Character of a place derives from the people who live there. In East Lansing, our character is not defined by the...

Posted by Mark Meadows on Sunday, November 22, 2015

~ Other Messages of Solidarity and Support from the Community~

We have received several messages of solidarity and support for our community from many individuals via email, phone, social media in light of the politically motivated and misinformation driven climate of fear and hatred across the . Here are some of them. 

Dear Islamic Brothers and Sisters: Our family is Catholic and we worship in Okemos, live in East Lansing. Please know that we support the Islamic community. We understand that this is a difficult time because of recent events perpetrated by those who claim to be but are not of the Muslim faith. There are those who would attempt to paint the Muslim faith in a negative light. We do not. We are one with you and stand by you. The offenses against the people are offenses against all of our peoples. Thank you for listening. Please share this sentiment with your community.
Kennan M DeWitt, East Lansing

I know the hate speech and oppressive actions resulting from the Paris attacks are affecting the Islamic and Middle Eastern people in Lansing and elsewhere. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Here in Ohio I am finding people who are concerned about the hatred and the suffering of the Syrian refugees and Middle Eastern people and are raising their voices in opposition to repressive legislation and actions and asking for nonviolent solutions to solving the crises......
~ Ann Francis

Just want you to know I'm praying for you and your community during these challenging times. ~ Liz

.... I'm an Atheist. I found your page on Facebook looking for someone who would have information on how to help the Syrian refugees coming to Michigan. I'm thankful for all the Muslims in Michigan who bring more diversity and values to our state. I just wish everyone in this country felt this way. It doesn't help that the biggest news organizations in our country are just full of awful propaganda. I have to imagine many of the people who have a very biased view against Muslims are believing these things out of mostly ignorance.  ~Stanley Spedowski

These words of support are so important! I share the sentiments and hope many will go out of there way to be supportive! ~ Renee Swanson

More messages and stories can be found on the Islamic Center's Facebook page

Dr. Farha Abbasi presents the #MUTE initiative on @WKAR Dr. Abbasi is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at MSU,...

Posted by Islamic Center East Lansing on Thursday, November 19, 2015

~ Seerah Intensive~
presented by the Sahykh Abdul Nasir Jangda of the Qalam institute in Dallas, TX

It's a two week program in which kids, teens, families, and/or adults can come together to learn about the life of the Prophet (S) under Shaykh Abdul Nasir's personal instruction in Dallas, Texas.

~ World Human Rights Day ~
The Islamic Center of East Lansing joins the Greater Lansing United Nations Association in inviting you to the commemoration of the World Human Rights Day on 
Sunday December 6 | 3:45 pm to 6 pm
at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd, East Lansing

Panel members from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Mauritania & Tajikistan will speak
on human rights as they pertain to their countries
Dr. David Wiley will discuss how we can support the rights of all through the United Nations.

Program and parking are FREE! Refreshments will be offered. Check-in and viewing of displays commences at 3:45 pm

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 defined ideal standards and goals for all member nations to work toward over the decades ahead. More information:


    CAIR Condemns Paris Terror Attacks

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation?s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned terror attacks in Paris that left many people dead and injured.

    In a statement, CAIR said:
    These savage and despicable attacks on civilians, whether they occur in Paris, Beirut or any other city, are outrageous and without justification. We condemn these horrific crimes in the strongest terms possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured and with all of France. The perpetrators of these heinous attacks must be apprehended and brought to justice.?

    CAIR has consistently and repeatedly condemned all acts of terrorism wherever they have occurred.

    CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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    CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171,


Congratulations Fareed Kareem !!
Fareed Kareem from our community won the 1st place at the Quran recitation competition during the recently held ISNA Convention in Chicago, IL.

Presentations by Dr. Farha Abbasi at the ISNA convention
Dr. Farha Abbasi, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and Staff Psychiatrist at the University’s student health center, managing editor for Journal of Muslim Mental Health and founder of the Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference ( now in it's eight year).  
Reclaiming the Muslim American Narrative
Reclaiming the Muslim American Narrative
Community Faith Leaders Compassion_ Fatigue and Resiliency - 52nd Annual Convention
Community Faith Leaders Compassion, Fatigue and Resiliency


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

~ Blankets and Children's Winter Coat Drive ~
November 4 to December 7
Drop off point: Islamic Center of East Lansing Lobby

A drive to collect blankets and Winter coats for children for refugees who have fled Syria to Turkey due to the unending violence in the region. They need our help to endure the harsh winter months what will soon befall upon them. The items must be new or lightly used. 

Organizers: Greater Lansing community of Turkish heritage on behalf  Embrace Relief
Collection dates ~ November 7 to December 4
Alternatively, you may also donate online of a blanket is $10 in the region)


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, October 21
7:00 pm
**At East Lansing Public Library**
Mohammad Khalil, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, will lead a discussion on The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson.
Wednesday, November 18
7:00 pm
MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4th floor West wing
Jyotsna Singh, Professor of English, will lead a discussion on Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk.
Wednesday, January 20
7:00 pm
MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4th floor West wing
Salah Hassan, Associate Professor of English, will lead a discussion on House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid. 
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  -

Arabic Classes   |  Taught by Imam Sohail
2 courses are being offered: Beginners as well as Advanced Level
Every Monday ~ August 10 to November 30

Beginners course will teach from basic reading &  writing of Arabic (6 pm -7 pm)
Advanced Course will teach Arabic Grammar with emphasis on Quranic Arabic ( 7 pm to 8:30 pm )
Course fee - $50 
Register online by clicking here or at the Imam / Islamic Center office

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

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


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. 

"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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