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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: 


Tafsir of Surat Al-Fatihah
7 pm, Friday June 26th
Open to All
Presented by Imam Sohail

Tafsir of Surat Al-Faatihah
7pm, Friday June 19th
Open to All
Presented by Imam Sohail

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.

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


Imam Sohail Chaudhry will teach an Arabic class at the Islamic Center.

The class will meet from 6:30 pm to 8 pm every Monday from March 23 to June 15 insha Allah


The goal of the class is attain a capability to better understand the Qur'an and enjoy prayers.

Fee: $50/student

Click here to Register



 - Open to both Brothers and Sisters (adults primarily, but ages 12 & up are welcome)

- Basic fluency in reading Arabic 

Seerah Class taught by Imam Sohail Chaudhry
After Maghreb Prayer | Every Wednesday

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.

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)

URGENT: Foster Family needed for Ethiopian Muslim siblings
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) is looking for a Muslim Foster family and
potential adoptive home for 6 unaccompanied Ethiopian Muslim siblings.

The family fled their home country following harassment by Ethiopian security forces, including the destruction of the family business and all family property, and arrest of their father. The children fled to Kenya with their mother, who went missing at the border. 

The 6 children (ages 5 to 16) are living with a stranger while the oldest works to provide for the family. They have no schooling or permanent housing, and the youngest children are often left without a guardian.

These children need a family. LSSM will provide services to help you:
  • Daily stipend
  • Clothing allowance
  • Counselling
  • Interpretation
  • Legal assistance
Can you help?
Contact Martha Hess at
(517) 827-5130 or (517) 321-7663

If you want to help but are unable to take all 6 siblings, LSSM will consider placing them with two families, provided both families are able and willing to work together to maintain the children’s close relationship.

Compost Katie is a weekly curbside removal of all vegetable scraps, breads, napkins, cooked meats, cheeses, fruit pits and all fruit, pizza boxes, news papers, coffee grounds, used coffee filters and lawn debris (e.g. leaves, bundled twigs and grass clippings.)

Turn your trash into vermicompost that is then fed to the plants which in turn feed 7000 people !! Click image on left to find out how

We invite you to attend a presentation about this service at the Islamic Center on 
Tuesday May 19 | 9:05 pm

Styrofoam Recycle Drive at the Islamic Center
From December 1st to December 5th
From December 1st to December 5th, you may recycle Styrofoam at the Islamic Center
Drop them off in the collection bin by the old entrance for Men.

If you do not have easy access to recycle plastics and cardboard, you may drop that off as well during these 5 days, but kindly make sure you separate them, and if possible, bag them in clear bags to make sorting easier.
Styrofoam is environment unfriendly and unfortunately, most recycle centers don't accept them.
Thus we encourage you use this free service to recycle Styrofoam

Put the power of Faith into action
Blood Drive at the Islamic Center
Friday June 12 ~ 12 pm to 6 pm

Blood Donation ~ June 12 ~ 12 pm to 6 pm 
Save Lives 

Click here for an appointment: 
or if that doesn't work try click here 
and enter Sponsor Code as LANSINGISLAM  
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
Donation Tips
Donation FAQs
Donation Process
Eligibility Requirements
1st Time Donors 
You may also sign up after the Jummah prayer on Friday the 13th and 20th so that you can obtain an appointment and not have to wait in line on Dec 27th

Venue: Islamic Center of East Lansing
920 S. Harrison. E Lansing MI 48823,   
Friday, June 12, from 12 pm to 6 pm  

"...And whoever saves one(life) - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely...."  
~Quran 5:32

We welcome Imam Sohail Chaudhry to our community !
We are pleased to inform you that Imam Sohail Chaudhry has graciously accepted to serve our community as our Imam. Alhamdulilah !

We welcome Imam Sohail, his wife Suzann Palmer and two year old son Rayaan to our community.

Imam Sohail and his family moved here from Morgantown, West Virginia, where he served as an Imam for about ten years.
We invite all brothers and sisters to join us for a breakfast with Imam Sohail after Fajr prayer, this Saturday January 3rd at the Islamic Center.
The program is free and open to all. Bring your children as well.

Read more about Imam Sohail, how you can reach him, his office hours at


Islamic Center Open House as reported in the news
The Islamic Center of East Lansing held an Open House on Saturday October 11 with the aim of opening our doors to anyone who wanted to know what Islam is, what Muslims believe in, and we showcased a variety of art and cultural items from various countries. Aside from visitors who opened their hearts and minds to learn about Islam and Muslims, the local news covered the program. Here is a news report and video broadcast by WILX News 10.

Muslim American Vote matters !! Don't you want it to be counted?
Voter Registration Deadline
Monday October 6
If you are a US citizen and have not registered to vote OR if you have a new address, you MUST register by Monday October 6 in order to vote in the elections this November.
Follow the link below to print the simple form and
(1) Turn in your application to the county clerk OR
(2) Stop by the Sec. of State {long wait times} OR
(3) Mail it today [must be postmarked October 6] {easiest option}

Visit the Michigan Secretary of State's page and follow the step-by-step guide to register to vote.

8 pm on Tuesday, September 9
 National Premiere on PBS
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
WKAR (Channel #4 on Comcast cable)

Noor Inayat Khan was the daughter of a spiritual teacher from India, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and his American wife, Ora Ray Baker. After Noor’s birth in Moscow in 1914, the family moved first to England and then to Paris, where she was raised.

After Germany's 1940 invasion, she fled to England and joined its Women's Auxiliary Air Force before being recruited by the SOE, a British espionage unit. She was captured in October 1943; and executed at Dachau a year later.
Click here to buy the DVD from $19.99


CAIR-MI files Federal Lawsuit on behalf of Five Muslim-Americans Over their being included on a "Terror Watchlist"

The complaint claims that the plaintiffs - five men on the terror watchlist-have been falsely stigmatized and punished without trial by a system motivated by "bigotry and misguided, counterproductive zeal."

Mason man charged with assault, ethnic intimidation of our Sister at Meridian Mall on July 19

A 29-year-old Mason man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and assault and battery in connection with a July 19 assault of a sister from our community at the Meridian Mall in Okemos.

CAIR-MI Press Release  ~ Monday, July 21, 2014
CAIR- MI Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Muslim Woman at Meridian Mall, Okemos
 (SOUTHFIELD, MI, 7/21/14) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on law enforcement authorities and public officials to investigate an alleged attack on a Muslim woman in a shopping mall parking lot in Okemos as a possible hate crime.

On Saturday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., a witness reported that two men and a woman surrounded a Muslim woman at the Meridian Mall and attempted to pull her dress and face veil off, then knocked her to the ground. The alleged assailants also reportedly shouted expletives at the 26-year-old woman during the incident.  


"We urge state, local and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident and to make every effort to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "We urge public officials to speak out against the anti-Muslim hate that can lead to such attacks."


Walid also noted that the victim was hospitalized for 36 hours complaining of chest pain and numbness in her left arm due to the incident.


CAIR-MI is a chapter of 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,

Media Reports on the incident at the Meridian Mall in which a sister from our community was harassed by three passers by with a possibly bias motive

Ayne Jeilani speaks to WILX TV on how Mid-Michigan residents are rolling out the welcome mat for the growing refugee population in the Greater Lansing area. 


Inviting Arab American and European American College Students, ages 18-25 -  

Please submit a survey 

You are invited to participate in a research study:  Well-Being, Identity, and Perceived Discrimination.

 This study is being conducted by Danielle Balaghi, M.A., doctoral student in School Psychology at Michigan State University.

At some point in peoples’ lives, people may experience discrimination based on their personal characteristics and beliefs. The goal of this study is to better understand how a person’s background, ethnic identity, and spirituality are related to perceived discrimination and well-being.

Who is eligible?  Arab American and European American College Students, ages 18-25

Complete an online survey at  

How long does it take? 40-50 minutes

You will be eligible to win 1 of 45 $20 gift cards to Amazon!

Greater Lansing Islamic School now accepting Advance Registration 
for the Academic Year 2014-15

Advance Registration is now open at the GLIS.
Please stop by the school office during school hours to obtain a registration packet.
You can find the advance registration form under forms and policies on the school website.

Hijri 1435 Prayer Schedule ~ 2013-14

Bookmark it:

Adan Time:

Iqamah Time:  

(Iqamah time is when we pray in congregation in the Masjid) 

Download in following formats: 
Excel File-
PDF File-

Farmer's Market ~ Starting June 8, Open Every Sunday 10 am to 2 pm 
Coming soon: New, enhanced East Lansing Farmer's Market
280 Valley Court (behind Crunchy's)

2014 season will run June 8-Oct. 26 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A growers-only market robust with a diverse selection of fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce and products, is located in an inviting, open-air atmosphere

Thank you for attending the
Michigan Muslim Capitol Day
Thank you to all of you who attended the Muslim Day at the Lansing Capitol
and making it a successful one. jazakumAllahuKhair

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), marks Memorial Day with Video Featuring Muslim Veterans


"On this Memorial Day, CAIR honors all who served our country."  

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today marked the upcoming Memorial Day holiday with the release of a video featuring American Muslim veterans expressing pride in serving their nation through military service and sacrifice. 

Request: Clear snow from around Catch Basins close to your homes
As the temperature rises on Wednesday and peaking with a high of 45F on Thursday, the melting snow is anticipated to cause flooding on streets.

You can help your neighborhood by clearing the snow around the catch basins close to your homes.

The City crews will be under pressure to clear these within the next 36 hours.
For example, East Lansing has 5000 such drains and only 30 crew members to clear them in few hours. As responsible citizens, we can do our share and help our own communities, insha Allah.
In other advisories:
As the snow and ice gives away, be wary of potholes on roads.
And make sure sump pumps in your homes are working to avoid basements from flooding.

Show Me the Money Day ~ How to Buy a Home at Auction
Saturday, February 15, 9:30AM - 3:30PM
South Washington Armory, 2500 S. Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910


Show Me the Money Day Lansing will feature presentations on How to Buy a Home at Auction, Extreme Couponing, How the American Care Act Works, as well as FREE tax preparation and FAFSA/Financial Aid Assistance and more!

Prizes include $100 gift certificates that will be given away all day!

Contact: Tiffany Lemieux-McKissic, 517-256-1466

Op-Ed on Intra-Muslim racism
Confronting ethnic slurs and racism among American Muslims
By Imam Dawud Walid, Executive Director, CAIR-MI

Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind” [Qur’an3:110], we must put forth the same, if not more, intellectual and social energy, in confronting intra-Muslim racism as we do when confronting Islamophobia.
A hurtful symptom of the disease of racism among us is seen in the derogatory terms that are used by many Muslims to describe people of various racial groups. From my observations it appears that Black Americans are the subjects of the majority of this name calling. It is not uncommon for Arabs from the Levant to refer to Blacks as abeed (slaves). In the South Asian community, Blacks or people with darker skin are sometimes referred to negatively as kallu (Black person). In the Somali community, it is also not uncommon to hear other Blacks being called jareer (nappy head) and adoon (slave). And even among some Nigerians and Ghanaians, there is widespread usage of the word akata (wild animal) to describe descendants of their former enslaved tribesmen who are Americans.

There should be zero tolerance for these offensive terms or other names that attempt to relegate any ethnic group to a perceived status of inferiority. To demean, ridicule and/or call people names which the subjected group finds offensive are clearly forbidden in Qur’an, “And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames.” [49:11] The point is not simply to refrain from using slurs but to not speak about fellow humans in a way that insults.

An example of this relates to a well-known hadith pertaining to the companions Abu Dharr (ra) and Bilal (ra). As narrated by Al-Bukhari and others, Abu Dharr (ra), during a dispute, insulted Bilal (ra) by calling him “Son of a Black Woman.” This was meant to put Bilal (ra) down, as his Abyssinian mother was a slave, though Abu Dharr was, himself, a Black Arab, as described by At-Tabari, ibn Hajar and others. Prophet Muhammad (saw) then told Abu Dharr (ra), “You’re a man with some of the characteristics of the Era of Ignorance/Pre-Islam (Al-Jahiliyyah).” Abu Dharr (ra) then went to Bilal (ra), placed his face on the ground and offered for Bilal (ra) to step on his face to atone for his verbal offense.

Since the companions of the Prophet (s) had racist tendencies that needed purification, surely it should come as no surprise that our generation, which is far removed from the Prophet (s), needs spiritual purification and social remedies to counter the disease of racism. Simply saying Islam is against this illness is not sufficient. From the above example of the Prophet (s), the issue was confronted in public and attempts were made to restore justice to the offended.

Irrespective of faith, Blacks tend to be viewed in society as the wretched people who are not as beautiful as those with lighter skin. Confronting our own weaknesses and admitting that our community also has shades of racism that are institutionalized are difficult admissions. This especially holds true when racism is perpetuated by “People of Color,” who have been discriminated against historically from colonialism, illegal occupation and post-911 America. While some might think such racism is benign, it is racism that has divided the American Muslim community. It is problematic because racism is rooted in positional power, which prevents certain groups from having a voice or equal deference and authority within a community. I have witnessed new reverts to Islam who have been run out of the Muslim community due to racism.

We need a holistic approach for dealing with this issue, which includes individual introspection, regular community and organizational discussions, as well as more purposeful and meaning social gatherings, which are multi-ethnic aside from big annual conferences. I am committed to being a part of such conversations and social events. I challenge all of my brothers and sisters to renew their commitment to ethnic equality within our community and to check those within our own cultural groups that are actively and passively perpetuating racism. This will require moral courage in the face of uncomfortable moments, but Islam calls us towards freedom, justice and equality that we may be the model community that Allah (swt) calls on us to be.

Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams’ Council. Walid previously served as an imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, Michigan and the Bosnian American Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan.

We at the Islamic Center, welcome President Obama to East Lansing
President Obama will be signing the Farm Bill at MSU Friday afternoon.
Seen in this picture from the past, with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. We are proud of Michigan State University for offering high quality education and bringing jobs to our community.
President Obama will see firsthand the research that institutions such as MSU are doing to create jobs and drive innovation that benefits farmers, ranchers, our rural communities and our nation as a whole. Following his remarks, President Obama will sign the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said: “This is an important piece of legislation for the country. It not only provides strong support for new research enterprises, but it also strengthens and grows Michigan’s agriculture economy and helps sustain America’s global competitiveness. As the pioneer land-grant institution in America, we are honored and pleased that President Obama will be signing the Farm Bill on MSU’s campus. I would like to recognize the leadership of Sen. Debbie Stabenow and the Michigan congressional delegation for their hard work in passing this legislation.”
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Advisories for your safety and to prpotect your home
On the 5th day after the Ice storm, 48,000 homes in Greater Lansing still remain without heat and electricity. 
Here are some suggestions and recommendations to protect yourselves and your homes:
How to Protect Your Home from Frozen Pipes Bursting 
Leave the faucet running as moving water doesn't freeze. Else, if temperature falls below 32F, water in pipes will freeze and they may burst. Click here for video explanation.
For extended times, winterization is recommended, but preferable to hire professional help. Click here for steps to winterize homes.
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  1. Find out where the main valve to city water supply to the house is located so that you know where to go to shut off the water if a pipe ends up bursting. 
  2. If you have important belongings in the basement, consider stacking them up or moving them upstairs to minimize damage in the basement flooding owing to sump pump failing or not being functional because of not having electricity.
Do not use alternate heating options not designed for use inside homes

One of our families who had a power outage used a barbecue grill indoors for warming and were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide inhalation. Alhamdulilah, the children have been treated and are now doing well. Sadly, according to news reports, one man in Clinton county reportedly died due to Carbon monoxide inhalation.

This is a reminder to all NOT to use alternate heating options that are not meant for this purpose.
Even gas stoves
should not be used continually for home heating if there is no air circulation allowing oxygen in and toxic gases to escape out.
Also be mindful of potential fire hazards from some devices that are not safe for indoor use.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Consumers Energy
- 800-477-5050, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emergency calls - hearing impaired, 1-800-649-3777

Lansing Board of Water and Light - 877-295-5001

DTE Energy - 800-477-4747

Click here for complete listing of Storm resources, contact and safety information
Our Islamic Center remains open to anyone affected by the power outage. You may stay overnight, use the kitchen and avail other amenities.

Let us put our faith into action by good neighbors in times of need. Let us be patient with the utility workers as they work straight 16 hour shifts sacrificing their family time and holiday time to restore heat and power for us. Let us appreciate them and show an act of kindness by buying them a hot meal or hot cup of chocolate or coffee if you come across them working out in the frigid conditions. 

Download a Copy of Reports presented at the General Assembly
on Friday, November 15 at the Islamic Center
presented at the General Assembly Meeting  
that took place on November 15, 2013

Dar-Al-Quran Fall Semester
Dar-Al-Quran Winter Semester registration deadline: December 6, 2013
Class Dates - December 14, 2013 to March 29, 2014
Class Times - Every, Saturday 11 pm 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.
Fee is $50 per semester per student. 50% discount for Greater Lansing Islamic School students. 

Assert Your Rights At The Workplace

by Lena F. Masri, Esq. CAIR-MI Staff Attorney  

This advisory has been provided to us by CAIR-MI Staff Attorney, Lena Masri, Esq.
Religion in the American workplace is one of the most contentious and difficult areas for employees and employers to navigate. In our increasingly diverse and religiously pluralistic society, conflict is bound to occur.
In the initial months after September 11, 2001, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received a 250 percent increase in the number of religion-based discrimination complaints against those perceived to be Muslim or Arab. Unfortunately, more than 12 years later, the EEOC continues to see an increase in the number of complaints being filed involving religious discrimination against Muslims or those with a Middle Eastern background.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Employers may not retaliate against employees for asserting their rights under Title VII.


The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan (CAIR-MI), an organization affiliated with America’s largest Islamic civil rights and civil liberties advocacy group (CAIR), provides legal representation to both employees and prospective employees who have experienced religious discrimination at their workplace. 


Through various avenues, including mediation, arbitration and litigation, CAIR-MI advocates on behalf of employees to ensure their reasonable religious accommodation requests are met. To offer a recent example, CAIR-MI filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim woman that was fired from her employment after accepting Islam and choosing to wear the hijab.


On the other hand, through our Safe Spaces program, CAIR-MI works proactively with employers to implement policies that both accommodate employees’ religiously-held beliefs which take steps to prevent religious harassment in the workplace.


If you believe you have been subjected to religious discrimination at your workplace, please contact our office at (248) 559-CAIR or email and file a complaint.

Video: CAIR-MI Civil Rights Presentation at our Islamic Center
CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena F. Masri, Esq., presented a Civil Rights update at the Islamic Center of East Lansing on September 20, 2013, covering topics such as:
Religious profiling at the US - Canada border /airports, federal watch lists, what to do if law enforcement arrives at your home without reason and wants to interview you, employment discrimination, religious accommodation in prisons, religious discrimination against Islamic institutions, among others.


CAIR report: Islamophobia Network Funded with $119 Million 
Council on American-Islamic Relations identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice
CAIR’s report “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States” is now available for free download

This new report by the the Nations' largest Muslim Rights and advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice in America.

CAIR's second report on the subject more fully identifies the "Islamophobia network" in the United States and exposes its funding. 

Dar-Al-Quran commences Daily Hifz (memorization) program
The program will be led by Imam Mohamed Mabrouk

Daily Quran Hifz Program 
Monday-Thursday from 6 to 8 PM

This intensive Quran memorization class will be taught at the Islamic Center by the Imam and two other sisters insha Allah, and is open to Boys and Girls ages 5 to 18. 

Contact Imam Mohamed Mabrouk to enroll.
If you have any questions, please contact Imam Mohamed Mabrouk in person or 

Islamic Center of East Lansing is open to Public affected by Power outage
You are welcome to stay at the Islamic Center
The Islamic Center of East Lansing, located at 920 S. Harrison, is open to the General Public in the Greater Lansing area who are affected by power outage.

Affected familes can stay overnight as well.

The facility is open to the General Public, not just Muslims.

  • You are encouraged to bring your own bedding, blankets.
  • You may use the Kitchen, wi-fi, charge your mobile devices
  • If you know of elderly people or families with children seeking to stay warm, please inform them to avail this option.
The facility will remain open throughout the day and night for anyone to use until utility companies are able to mitigate the widespread outage,possibly through December 25th, 2013.
Listings of information on ice storm resources
Click here for Emergency Telephone # for Consumers Energy, BWL, information on generators, how to stay warm etc.

Upcoming Events - Mark your Calendars
Program Details will be announced in a future email notification:

January 31 - Emergency Preparedness Presentation
February 21 - Legal information for Businesses, home based businesses
February - Women's Heart Health Awareness Campaign 

Huge Legal Victory for CAIR-MI
Detroit Free Press reports: Agema lawsuit against Muslim-American group tossed out by Federal Judge
Also note:
Pressure mounts on GOP National Committeeman to resign after disparaging comments about Gays, Michigan Muslims

Mr. Agema had posted on his Facebook: "Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?"
Without naming Mr. Agema, Gov. Rick Snyder rebuked him by commencing his State of the State speech by saying:

"In recent days and recent months in the state of Michigan, we've had people make comments that were derogatory, that were negative towards other people. Publicly tonight, I'd like to make a call to all citizens of Michigan to ask us have a greater degree of civility and respect to others of different backgrounds and different views."

Get the 2014 Community Calendar after the Jummah Prayer
Includes the Prayer schedule
Get your copy of the 2014 Community Calendar produced by the Greater Lansing Islamic School PTO
Features pictures of the masjid, school, community kids
and the Prayer Schedule for Hijri 1435
Proceeds from the sale will go to support the GLIS PTO.
Consider buying this as a souvenir/gift
Suggested donation: $10
Will ship to non-residents for a suggested donation of $15 to mailing cost included.

Paypal $15 to
Include the address it you want it mailed to.

In the name of God, the most beneficent and the most merciful
Michigan State University Libraries presents ~
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Reading & Discussion Series
The Michigan State University Libraries is hosting a five-part book discussion series called "Muslim Journeys: Pathways of Faith" beginning January 30

Free and open to the public, the discussions will be led by Dr. Mohammad Khalil, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at MSU and 2013 recipient of the Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.
All programs will be held at the MSU Main Library, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, with free parking available.

Advance registration is requested by December 15, 2013
RSVP to Project Director Deborah Margolis: 517-884-0892. 
More information is available at
Click here for a Flyer about this Series
Participants are encouraged to prepare for and attend all 5 discussions.
Books and discussion dates (all in 2014):

Thursday, January 30, 7 pm
The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (new edition) by F.E. Peters

Tuesday, February 11, 7 pm
Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Thursday, February 27, 7 pm

The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson

Thursday, March 13, 7 pm

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter

Thursday, March 27, 7 pm

Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
Co-sponsored by the MSU Muslim Studies Program, the East Lansing Area Clergy Association, and the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing.
Advance registration is requested by December 15, 2013
RSVP to Deborah Margolis: 517-884-0892.

Free Health Clinic at the Islamic Center
Sunday January 12, 10 am to 2 pm
Health Professionals from MSU will be offering a Free Health Clinic on
Sunday January 12 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Islamic Center
The following checks will be offered:

Blood sugar
Height, Weight, BMI
Interpretation and Counseling of the above results
Nutrition counseling
For children, hemoglobin count

Please fast for 12 hours if you plan to have your blood drawn for above tests.

Open to all - Brothers and Sisters.
Added privacy will offered for sisters including female professionals to check on them.

Put the power of Faith into action
Blood Drive at the Islamic Center
Friday December 27 ~ 12 pm to 6 pm

Blood Donation ~ December 27 ~ 12 pm to 6 pm 
Donate Blood 
Save Lives 

Click here for an appointment: 
or if that doesn't work try click here 
and enter Sponsor Code as LANSINGISLAM  
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
Donation Tips
Donation FAQs
Donation Process
Eligibility Requirements
1st Time Donors 
You may also sign up after the Jummah prayer on Friday the 13th and 20th so that you can obtain an appointment and not have to wait in line on Dec 27th
Contact Br. Sani Abbas after the Jummah Prayer at a table set-up to facilitate this for you. 

Venue: Te Islamic Center of East Lansing Gym
920 S. Harrison. E Lansing MI 48823,   
Friday, December 27, from 12 pm to 6 pm  

"...And whoever saves one(life) - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely...."  
~Quran 5:32

Media and Communications training AND Legal and Financial Seminar- Sat. Dec 14, 9 to 5 at Fairlane Events Center
The U of M -Dearborn 19000 Hubbard Dr Dearborn, MI 48126

Are you prepared to speak with the media or the public about issues affecting your community?
Over the last decade, the American Muslim community has witnessed a rise in hate crimes targeting American Muslims, political officials who perpetuate anti-Muslim rhetoric, and groups that continue to oppose mosque construction and development.  It is critical that our community leaders are equipped to respond to such hate.
Click here to register

Questions? contact (415) 539-0550 or eMail

Click here for full day's agenda, complete with speaker names, panel titles, description.
Following Panel presentations are scheduled:
  • Media and Communications Training    
  • Nonprofit Governance 101 
  • Financial & Accounting Best Practices
  • International Charitable Operations & Anti-Terrorist Financing Laws
  • Employment & Immigration Law Issues Faced by Nonprofits
Advance registration is required to attend this seminar.
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided as well as a 300 page custom made manual that includes Michigan legal references. 
This is a high value training opportunity for our Michigan community and non profit leaders.  Registration is limited to 120 and closes this coming Wednesday Dec 11.

Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji's message at the Interfaith Thanksgiving 2010
Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji delivered  the following talk at the Interfaith Thanksgiving held at the All Saint's Episcopal Church in 2010

Part 1:
Part 2:  
A Message of Thanks from Br. Nihad Awad, CAIR's National Executive Director, issued on Nov 27, 2013

Video: ABC's of Islam ~ A 'Beyond coexistence, is it possible' series presentation held at the Islamic Center on November 9, 2013
Click here to watch video from begining:

Click links below to jump to specific sections:
1:40 : Intro to Interfaith Dialog - Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP, Center for Mission & Ministry
8:50 : ABC's of Islam Presented by Dr. Raghda Khatib
43:45 Questions and Answers Panel

Dr. Mohammad Khalil, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of Law and Interim Director of the Muslim Studies program, MSU
Imam Mohamed Mabrouk, Imam (worship leader), Islamic Center of East Lansing
Dr. Raghda Khatib , Islamic Studies and Quran Teacher, Greater Lansing Islamic School

Video of the Panel on The Conflict in Syria
Video of the Panel Presentation and Discussion on the Conflict in Syria presented by MSU Muslim Studies Program & The Institute of Social Policy & Understanding on Sep 13 at MSU

Br. Zubair Ahmad and family recognized for saving neighbor family  
Br. Zubair Ahmad and his daughter Sr. Amna were recognized by the Meridian Township Fire Department for for helping save the  family living next door from a house fire last month.

Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji's visits to Syria to help treat the wounded reported in local news
Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji's visits to #Syria to help treat the wounded reported in local news

Video: Dr. Ayoob's keynote address @ Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner

Video of Dr. Mohammed Ayoob, 
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, MSU at the Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner, h
osted by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and East Lansing Mayor Diane Goddeeris at the Lansing Center on Sep 6.

Aseel Machi's Op-Ed in The Guardian

Aseel Machi who recently graduated from MSU has written the following article in The Guardian titled:
I was an Iraqi refugee. I keep thinking of the 2 million displaced Syrians

Eid-Al-Adha ~ Tuesday, October 15 insha Allah

Eid Prayer will be held at two venues.  

1 - One Eid Gathering will take place at the Islamic Center of East Lansing at 8:00 am

2 - The 2nd gathering will take place at 9:00 am at the Soccer Zone indoor complex at  4900 Contec Dr, Lansing, MI 48910
See details below about both venues - time, parking, direction

Eid Prayer Service #1 ~ 8 am at the Islamic Center


Gathering 8:00 am

Prayer 8:30 am

Exchange Greetings 8:45 am



  • Parking at the Islamic Center will be reserved for families, sisters and senior citizens.
  • Overflow parking may proceed to the University Lutheran Church.
  • Once the Islamic Center Parking and the University Lutheran Church parking is full, you may proceed to the Breslin Center Parking Lot 63W, entering from Harrison Rd. Parking is $0.25 / 30 minutes at this lot.
  • Please plan on arriving early. Trowbridge Rd is usually backed up with MSU traffic around this time.
  • Be mindful of safety of children headed to Red Cedar school which is in the Masjid vicinity.



Please DO NOT:

  • Please do not park on the side streets behind the Islamic Center, you will be subject to City of East Lansing Code enforcement rules. 
  • Please do not park on the South Side parking spots facing the Church entrance.
  • Please do not speed. Please be mindful of School going traffic.

Eid Prayer Service #2 ~ 9 am at the Soccer Zone

Soccer Zone is located at   

4900 Contec Dr Lansing, MI 48910

(off Jolly Rd in between - Pennsylvania and Aurelius rd.)


Bring your children ahead of time so they can play at one of the fields reserved for them. Children can continue playing after the Prayer as well.


Gathering 9:00 am

Prayer 9:30 am

Greetings 9:45 am 

Fasting the Day of Arafa'a ~ Monday October 14 
Fasting is strongly encouraged on the Day of Arafa'a, Monday Oct 14, coinciding with our brothers and sisters are performing the Hajj.
Those who are fasting on the Day of Arafa'a are invited to break their fast at the Islamic Center on Monday October 14 insha Allah.

Oudhiya/Qurbani - Sacrifice, Sharing options
The following options are available for those wanting to perform Oudhiya/Qurabni, the sacrifice of a lamb, as part of Eid-Al-Adha 

Option #1

Perform the sacrifice locally by placing a direct order at Lansing Ethnic Foods - 517.367.7288.

Option #2
Place an order with Michigan Muslim Community Council who have arranged for the sacrifice to be done locally in coordination with Islamic Relief and Mercy-USA and the meat will be distributed to food banks within Michigan.
Cost $145

Option #3
Make a check payable to the Islamic Center of East Lansing for $145 and we will send it to MMCC for distribution within Michigan.

Video: The dangers of Sectarianism ~Khutba by Br. Dawud Walid 
Video of the Khutba delivered by Br. Dawud Walid, Executive Director, CAIR-MI, on Friday June 28 

Imam Mohamed Mabrouk led programs
at the Islamic Center
Tuesday nights
Seerah Class from Maghrib to Isha

Saturdays after Fajr:
A short study circle followed by potluck breakfast

Thursdays after Isha:
Reciting Surat-Al-Kahaf
It is a recommended action to recite Surat al-Kahf on Jummah. The Jummah corresponding to the Hijri calendar commences at sunset on Thursday.
The Imam will read a group in reciting the Surah, assisting with correct pronunciation and short summary of select verses.

Sisters Announcements

Other announcements for Sisters

Sisters are strongly encouraged to attend the First Jummah Prayer at 12:15 pm instead of the second one at 1:45 pm.
Plenty of parking is available during this time

Lunch on Fridays
Lunch can be purchased on the Sisters side on Fridays. If you are attending Jummah, plan on having lunch after Jummah at the Masjid

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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