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Janaza Prayer at the MCWS Canton Masjid - 2 pm, Sunday, January 15

We are saddened to inform you the passing away of Muhammad Latif Baig, father of Javaid Baig  on Friday Jan 13th, 2017.


The janaza prayer will take place on, Sunday, Jan 15 at 2:00 pm at the MCWS Canton Masjid, 40440 Palmer Rd, Canton, MI 48188.

He will be laid to rest at the followed by burial at Knollwood Cemetery on Ridge and Saltz rd.

Please keep the family in your duas. May Allah accept all his good deeds, forgive all his sins, make the answering of the questions of the grave easy for him, lighten his grave with his Noor, and enter him into the highest level in Jannah-ul-Firdaus.

You may leave a message for the family at http://lansingislam.com/remembrance.htm
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EVENTS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - Jan 15, 16
37TH Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration
Theme: The Art of Nonconformity: Dissent and Civil Discourse

Sunday, January 15, 2017
3pm and 7 pm
Fairchild Theatre



“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
#Breakthesilence


January 16 events listed here




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Arabic Class Spring Semester | Classes begin January 16
at the Islamic Center
Register online: https://goo.gl/BkstWx

Reading and Writing Semester 2 (Mondays, 6 - 7 pm) starts Jan 16
Grammar Book 1 Semester 2 (Sundays, 1.30 - 3 pm) starts Jan 22
Grammar Book 1 Semester 3 (Sundays, 11 - 1 pm) starts Jan 22
Grammar Book 2 Semester 1 (Mondays, 7 - 8.30 pm) starts Jan 16

Instructor: Imam Sohail Chaudhry
Assistant Teacher and Aides: Sumaira Sultana, Collin Lotus, Mujiburohman Abas
Semester Fee: $50/student 



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Women's March on Lansing
Riase your Voice. Speak up against Hate and Intolerance
Rally on the Steps of the Lansing Capitol
You are encouraged to participate in this sister event to the Women's March on Washington to stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
1 - 3 pm | Saturday | January 21

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Free Health Screening
at the Islamic Center
Friday | January 27 | 7 pm to 9 pm

This Free Health Screening will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday, Jan 27, at the Islamic Center of East Lansing and is open to brothers, sisters and children of all ages.

Health Professionals from Community Integrated Medical Student Association of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine will offer this screening which includes: Free Cholesterol Level Testing, Blood Pressure, Glucose Levels, Body Mass Index, Eye Exams (visual acuity, fundoscopic exams) and advice for early disease detection and prevention.

Questions? email info@lansingislam.com



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MSU Muslim Studies Program and MSU Libraries present
Muslim Journeys ~ scholar-led book discussion series Spring 2017
All sessions will be held at the MSU Main Library

Our aim is to bring the campus and community together to read and learn about the diversity of Muslim American history, culture, and literature. Our co-sponsors are the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing and the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, and the MSU Comics Forum.
 
January 25th, 7pm - The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, a work of historical fiction. Our scholar for this evening will by Leila Tarakji, doctoral student in the Department of English. 

February 8 - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
February 22 - Ms. Marvel: No Normal (comics)
March 15 - E-mails from Scheherazade (poetry) 
April 12th - Poetry reading by Amir Sulaiman
 
Each session will begin with a short lecture from a scholar, followed by smaller group book discussions, and ending with questions and answers. The smaller group discussions will be facilitated by MSU graduate students in fields including Education, History, and English. Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, and to attend as many sessions as possible.
 
All sessions are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Community members, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate. There is ample free parking near the Main Library after 6pm, including in Stadium Lot 62E (employee lot) on Red Cedar Rd.
 
The books will be available for purchase at Schuler’s and Everybody Reads, and will be available for reading “on reserve” at the MSU Main Library Circulation Desk. Please see  http://bit.ly/MuslimJourneysBookClub  for information about each book including direct links to order the books via MelCat free interlibrary loan. Advance registration is encouraged at http://bookings.lib.msu.edu






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Greater Lansing Islamic School Fundraising Dinner 
6 pm | Saturday | January 28
at the Islamic Center of East Lansing

Show your support by getting your tickets early
$50 - Individual 
$100 Family of four ($25 additional family members)
Get your tickets at  (1) Greater Lansing Islamic School (2) After the Jummah Prayer 





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Youth Jeopardy Style Quiz Contest !!

Youth ages 8-18 are invited to take part in a jeopardy style quiz contest at the Islamic Center.


Ca$h prizes to be won !
Teams ranked 8th:     $20
Team ranked 7th:       $40
Team ranked 6th:       $60
Team ranked 5th:       $80
Teams ranked 4th:     $100
Team ranked 3rd:       $120
Team ranked 2nd:      $160
Team ranked 1st:       $200
Participants will be quizzed on the Stories of Prophets Zakariayah, Yahya & Eesa, peace upon all of them.


To register, send an eMail with team information to Imam Sohail at info@lansingislam.com by 8 pm, Friday, February 10. Only the first 8 teams that register will be eligible to compete.
Teams need to have a minimum of three and a maximum of four members.
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Al Maghrib Seminar | February 24 - 26
“Trends: Fiqh of Fashion and Clothing” | by Shaykh Saad Tasleem
Location: (Friday) at MCM- Farmington Hills
(Sat-Sunday) at Henry Ford Community College


For Financial Aid, Babysitting, carpooling, travel accommodations & more, visit www.ittihaad.com/michigan


Description: How fashion can bring you closer to Allah. In fact... what if it feel like a natural extension of your Muslim identity? Can you be trendy and a good Muslim? It comes to a surprise to many that Islam doesn’t teach us what to wear. It only gives us guidelines...and the creativity is left up to us. 

This will be a colorful eye-opening experience for both the advanced student of knowledge AND the beginner as we look at the textual things like: Entering the fashion industry and modeling, Men's Hijab, skinny jeans, and hairstyles, Impact of hair oils and gels on wudu, Muslim women's representation in pop culture and social media and so much more!

In this One-Weekend seminar you will focus on finding your identity as a Muslim living in the West, being comfortable in your own skin, whether it’s in a masjid or on the street. It’s about understanding what you can take from the cultures we live in and make it our own as practicing Muslims. It’s about coming closer to Allah by understanding the significance and value of the clothing you wear. Even better, you'll learn from one of AlMaghrib Institute's most beloved instructors, Shaykh Saad Tasleem!


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VACANT POSITIONS IN THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(The deadline for submitting application is December 31, 2016)
Islamic Center is looking for candidates to fill three very important volunteer positions in Educational Services:
 
1.    Education Coordinator of the Executive Committee
2.    Principal of the Sunday School
3.    Educational Programs Manager

InshaAllah, these opportunities could provide a very rewarding experience and Sadaqa-Jaria for you.  The current staff will provide shadow training to the selected volunteers before they actually start working. 

Please apply either on-line at 
info@lansingislam.com or drop your application in the marked Drop-Box by Imam's office. These positions are available to both Brothers and Sisters. 


BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
 
Education Coordinator of the Executive Committee
  • Main responsibility: Overseeing performance and maintenance of quality of education of the Sunday School, Arabic classes and other educational programs as mandated in the center’s constitution (Section 6.03).
  • Candidates will be interviewed by the Search Committee and recommendation made to the Executive Committee for final approval.
  • Education Committee serves under the President and the education Coordinator attend EC meetings and make annual report in the General Assembly.
  • The Education committee coordinator can consecutively serve up to 4 years.
Qualifications:
  • Strong Commitment to the job
  • Preferably college (or in-college) level education
  • Preferably some work experience in administration
  • Basic computer and communication skills
Principal of The Sunday School
Main responsibility: Administration and operation of the Sunday School, from preparation in mid-July until the end of the year’s celebration in early June. This includes: making Sunday School calendar, recruiting administration staff and teachers, registrations, accommodating the teachers’ and students’ needs in the classrooms, and routine administration works.
The Principal of the Sunday School will work with the support and coordination of the Education Committee.

Qualifications:
  • Strong Commitment to the job
  • Independent transportation, volunteer up to 4 hours on the school held Sundays.
  • Basic working knowledge of Google Drive and MS Office
  • Minimum education: Bachelor/Associate or degree and sufficient knowledge / training in Islamic studies to function as the Principal.

Manager of Educational Programs

Main responsibility: Managing the administrative parts of Arabic classes and other regular classes taught by Imam Sohail Chaudhary.
Besides coordinating with the Education Committee, the Educational Programs Manager will keep in touch with Imam to help him preparing his regular programs.

Qualifications:
  • Strong Commitment to the job
  • Independent transportation
  • Basic working knowledge of Google Drive and MS Office
A search committee will interview the applicants and recommend candidates to the EC for final selection

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The City of East Lansing and the East Lansing Public School Board jointly pass a resolution reaffirming their ongoing commitment to inclusion


The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing welcomes this resolution. We are extremely grateful to the City of East Lansing for it's relentless efforts in making us feel part of the community. This reaffirmation provides a sense of security and belonging. Thank you Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmember Erik Altmann, Councilmember Shanna Draheim, Councilmember Susan W. Woods and City Clerk Marie Wicks.

We applaud the East Lansing School Board for showing it cares about our children by sending a strong message that any form of bullying or harassment will not be tolerated in the school system. Thank you  Board President Nell Kuhnmuench, Dr. Erin Graham, Dr. Kath Edsall, Dr. Yasmina Bouraoui, Hillary Henderson, Karen Hoene and Kate Powers.

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Since the day of the election, over 300 hate incidents have been reported nationally. This tally does not include several other acts of bullying and micro-aggression's that are taking place in different parts of the country, including schools. We pray to Allah to keep us, and our communities safe. 

We are fortunate to be surrounded by loving and caring neighbors, friends, institutions and local governments. We are extremely grateful to all of them. Sadly, several of their own friends, acquaintances and churches have also been targeted around the country. The Islamic Center of East Lansing and the Muslim community in Greater Lansing stand in solidarity with all of them.

Please see resources below to help students on campuses, and local news reports after that on how the Greater Lansing community is rallying together to stay united and protected. 
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Muslim Students Advisory
Video (49 mins)

Muslim Students Association West  hosted an impromptu Webinar to offer tips to Muslim Students and address their questions and concerns.

Click image on left or here to check out video offering some pointers on safety and civil rights given by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo 


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Video: Recommendations for safety and precuations in light
of the widespread hate incidents reported from around the country





 
New Hijri Prayer Schedule ~ 1438 | 2016-17
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) 

or
Download in following formats: 
PDF (2-page long) -  http://lansingislam.com/dl/ps.pdf
PDF (multi-page)   -  http://lansingislam.com/dl/ps.pdf

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Islamic Studies Classes for Youth Boys and Girls 
1st Class for new Semester begins Tuesday, September 20
Presented by Imam Sohail, at the Islamic Center
Ages 8-12
Every Tuesday, starting 
September 20
Section 1: 5:30-6:30 pm 
Section 2: 6:30-7:30 pm 
Limited to 20 seats in each section.

Ages 13 and up
Every Sunday, starting 
September 25 | 5:00-6:30 pm
Fee: $50 | Contact Imam Sohail to sign up
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Sunday School 2016-17
11 am | Sunday | September 18

Registrations open for Academic year 2016-17

Fee for the entire year :
$150 for 1st child
$100 for 2nd child
$50 for 3rd child
No fee for additional children from same family

First day of class for academic year 2016-17 is Sunday September 18
Class time: 11 am to 2 pm
Register online or in person on the first day of the Sunday School
 

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Refugee Support Initiatives

As you may be aware, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing had declared themselves as welcoming cities to refugees. Many have been settled in Greater Lansing and many more are expected to arrive. It is incumbent upon us as responsible citizens and as believers to do our share to support the refugees.

The Executive Committee of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing is coordinating the support of these refugees.

A special picnic has been organized in their honor on Friday September 16, from 3 pm to 7 pm. See more details below including directions to the venue.

In his khutba this coming Friday, September 9, Imam Sohail will talk about our spiritual and moral obligation to support these refugees and share information about these support measures.

We are seeking dedicated individuals to sign-up to engage these refugees families. It could be as little as one hour per week or as many hours as you may wish to server. We are trying to form a team that can greet them and spend some time with them and provide them much needed social support.

You may sign-up by clicking here: goo.gl/WxUX3i

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Sisters' Exercise Classes
Sundays 4 pm | Wednesdays 6 pm
Starting Wednesday September 21
at the Islamic Center Gym


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Greater Lansing 
Islamic School

Registration Open 
for 2016-17
GLIS is your Islamic Community School and is open for 
enrollment for the upcoming academic year 2016-17
GLIS is a fully accredited school and prides itself in producing students that attain competitive scores in standardized tests.

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. 
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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.  

Year  
1st day of
Ramadan 
Eid-Al-Fitr 
Eid-Al-Adha 
2017 Sat, May 27 Sun, June 25
Lansing 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. 


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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.

http://lansingislam.com/talking_points.htm




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