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Fundraising Dinner | 6 pm Saturday June 4
Tickets - $25 single, $100 family


Greater Lansing 
Islamic School
Advance Registration
for 2016-17
Deadline May 23
Greater Lansing Islamic School 
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2016/2017
Registration will cost more after May 23.

All of the core faculty have degrees in higher education and are state certified. Arabic, Islamic Education and Qur'an teachers are highly experienced. Students study Arabic, Qur'an and Islamic Studies daily in addition to  Public School Curriculum. 

GLIS offers an after school tutoring program for additional help, participated in Odyssey of the MIND this year, has an excellent advanced reading club and is accredited by AdvancED, NCA CASI which promotes continuous improvement.

If you want to ensure that you child receives a basic foundation in Islamic education, GLIS is here to help you realize your goal. 

Muslim Day 
at the Capitol

May 9 am to 3:30 pm

Michigan State Capitol 
100 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48933

The Michigan Muslim Community Council invites you to a day for the Muslim community across Michigan to meet their elected officials and discuss important issues. 
As a participant you will have the opportunity to attend State House and Senate sessions and enjoy lunch with leading allies!

Please fill out the google form to register and/or make an appointment with your elected official:

For more information, please contact

Jeopardy Style Islamic Quiz ~ Open to the community
8 pm, Friday, May 20

Ca$h prizes to be won !!
Open to Brothers and Sisters
Ages: 18 and up

Topic: Juzz 'Amma | Tafseer of the final Juzz (part) of the Qur'an
Book: Tafseer Ibn Katheer

There will be a total of 8 participating teams ~ 4 brothers teams & 4 sisters teams

Ca$h Prizes:
Teams ranked 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th:  $60 per team
Team  ranked 4th:  $120
Team ranked 3rd:  $160 
Team ranked 2nd:   $240
Team ranked 1st:   $320

To register a team comprising of 4 members (of the same gender [no mixed teams] ), please send an email to with team name and members in order to register.
First 8 teams to register get to participate only!
Registration Deadline - Sunday, May 15


Ramadan ~ Youth Jeopardy Contest !!
2 pm, Sunday, May 22 
at the Islamic Center

Click here for study material
Topic will be "Fasting According to Qur'an and Sunnah".

Age: 8-18 years

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 20

Ca$h Prizes for all !

Bottom 4 teams:         $25
Teams ranked 4th:     $50
Team ranked 3rd:       $75
Team ranked 2nd:      $100
Team ranked 1st:       $150

Submit a team name, team participants by Friday, May 20th, 11 pm.
Teams need to have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 members.
Only the first 8 teams to register will get a chance to play.
Participating teams can only be all boys or all girls.
Email these details at to register your team.



Thursday, May 12, at 5:30 pm
Refugee Development Center | Annual Spring Fundraiser
Part 2 of series
Click here for Tickets


Tuesday May 17 | 9 am to 3:30 pm
Muslim Day at the Capitol


Friday, May 20
Jeopardy style Islamic Quiz contest for Adults
This has been rescheduled from 4/22 to 5/20. 
Individuals/Team registration open - email


Monday, June 6,  - 1st Day of Fasting of Ramadan
Wednesday, July 6 - Eid Prayer and Celebration at the Lansing Center


Greater Lansing Islamic School 
Advance Registration for 2016-17 now open

GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2016/2017. 
All of the core faculty have degrees in higher education and are state certified. Arabic, Islamic Education and Qur'an teachers are highly experienced. Students study Arabic, Qur'an and Islamic Studies daily in addition to  Public School Curriculum. 

GLIS offers an after school tutoring program for additional help, participated in Odyssey of the MIND this year, has an excellent advanced reading club and is accredited by AdvancED, NCA CASI which promotes continuous improvement.

If you want to ensure that you child receives a basic foundation in Islamic education, GLIS is here to help you realize your goal. 


Greater Lansing Islamic School Summer Camp
June 20 - August 12 | Monday - Friday | 8 am to 5 pm


Inviting Youth Boys and Girls
Interfaith Build Day with Habitat for Humanity Capital Region
July 21 | 8:30 am -3:00 pm

As part of the Old Town Rock the Block this year, Habitat is devoting one day to an interfaith build. 

Rock the Block is part of neighborhood revitalization and seeks to offer exterior maintenance at reduced costs to specific neighborhoods within Ingham County. 

The day will include coffee and breakfast snacks as well as lunch. And will include participation from the Islamic Center, Shaarey Zedek, and Unitarian Universalist Church.

Youth Boys and Girls ages 14 and up are encouraged to participate.

Email your details at to sign up for this volunteer effort.


Help Requested
We are looking for a family that can provide care for a 5 month old boy who is undergoing treatment at the hospital and will be released soon from the hospital.
His parents had to depart the U.S. due to a visa situation and expected to be back in Lansing by May 15.
We are looking for a family that can take this boy home and provide care for him until his parents arrive from overseas.
The boy's parents speak Arabic, but this request is not limited to Arabic speaking households. The Physicians and Health Professionals providing care for this child, will provide instructions to the family on how to care for this child. 
Please email if you would like to offer this boy a caring family and home until his parents arrive.


A Pilates Class is being organized exclusively for Sisters at the Islamic Center
Class duration  - 45 mins | $3 per session
Start date to be announced shortly
To enroll, contact Sister Suzann Palmour |


We received the following Job offering at Residential Options Inc, Okemos with a request to share.
Position: Part-Time/Full-Time Positions Working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Click here for details

Aqeedah Course for 
Youth Girls and Women

Ages 12 years and up !
2 pm to 4 pm ~ every Saturday

Duration : 
1 class per week for 5 weeks
at the Islamic Center

taught in English 
by Sister Arshia Ahmed


GLIS Qur'an Tajweed & Memorization Competition ~ May 11 & 12
Registration Deadline: April 15
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 11th and May 12th

Registration deadline : April 15th
2 ways to participate.

Children may compete in Memorization with Tajweed in their age group (or above)
or choose to recite Surahs they are comfortable with.

All children who recite well will receive recognition

Children competing with their age group will be eligible for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Registration Forms must be turned in by April 15th


Member clergy of the East Lansing Area Clergy Association shared 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 on Friday, February 12, at the Islamic Center of East Lansing.

Click here to read the resolution: 

Lansing State Journal:


Wilx TV: 


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.

Picture sourced from


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


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

Seerah Class: The Biography & Life of Prophet Muhammad
Peace be upon him
presented by Imam Sohail
after Maghrib, 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  -

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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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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