IMANews – February 2018 / Jamadi ul Thani 1439 AH

As salaamu alaikum

Crescent moon marking the commencement of Jamadi ul Thani was sighted on on Friday February 16, 2018 thus making Saturday February 17, 2018 as the first of Jamadi ul thani 1439 AH.

Jamadi ul thani is when we commemorate the wafat and birthday of  Hazrat Fatima (AS). In the words of Dr. Ali Shariati, “Fatima is the source of the inspiration for freedom, the seekers of justice, the resisters of oppression, cruelty, crime and discrimination. Fatima is the woman that Islam wants a woman to be. She is a symbol in all the various dimensions of being a woman. The symbol of a daughter when facing her father. The symbol of a wife when facing her husband.  The symbol of a mother when facing her children. The symbol of a responsible, fighting woman when facing her time and the fate of her society.”

Highlights in this update:

Guest speakers this month

Date
Speaker
Topic
March 2nd, 2018
Shahzad Bhatti, CEO of Axiom Learning
Dr. J. Aisha Simon, Chief Academic Officer of Axiom Learning,
Navigating Admissions to America’s Top Universities
March 9th, 2018
Troy Reicherter, founder of the Seattle Peace Project and history teacher
Meaningful Spiritual Interaction Dialogue Circle
March 16th, 2018
Jalal Moughania, attorney, researcher, writer, and lecturer on Muslim-American identity, civic society, and Islamic thought.
Birthday of Hazrat Fatima (SA).
”Why we all need to get involved establishing thriving Muslim institutions in North America”.

Administrative Update

IMAN Executive Committee is still seeking volunteers to serve the many needs our congregation and is pleased to announce people who have agreed to serve on the committees listed in the table below:

Programs
Develop and plan daily, weekly, monthly, Muharram and Ramadhan programs
Jawad Khaki, Karim Al Haddad, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi, Hamed Esfahani (Philosophy), <more help needed>
Facilities
Look after IMAN facilities
Hossein Rezaee (Lead), Zehra Naz, Ali Haider, Shaheed Chagani, Gulamabbas Juma, Jawad Khaki, Shakir Kassamall, Nuri Mansuri
Hospitality
Assist with hosting of programs and events at IMAN
Kaniz Khaki, Hayatollah Haidar, <more help needed>
Social Services
Attend to the social and welfare needs of  people in need
Shakir Kassamally (Lead), Hamed Esfahani, Samad Faghih, Gulamabbas Juma, Abbas Kazmi, Amer Kuba, Mohsen Vakilian
Finance
Fundraising and financial management
Jawad Khaki, Gulamabbas Juma, <more help needed>
Resource Center
Organize and operate IMAN Web site and library
Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi, <more help needed>
Funeral
Assist with funeral arrangements
Hamed Esfahani, Jawad Khaki, <more help needed>
Outreach
Reach out to other faith communities as well as local and state officials
Jawad Khaki, <more help needed>
School
Sunday School Committee
Ali Dadvar, Kaniz Khaki, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi, Farzana Rehman
Please send mail to imanec@yahoogroups.com  if you are interested to help in any of the areas listed above where <more help is needed>.
 
Programs
Friday Qur’an study circles started in January 2018 and have so far covered the suras: An-Nas, Al-Falaq, AI-‘Ikhlas, Al-Masad, An-Nasr. The study circle will continue working its way to the front of the Qur’an by deliberating on a short sura or a few ayats each week. Feedback from the participants has been very positive and we look forward to more people joining the study circle in the weeks ahead.
Daily and weekly programs continue at IMAN. Daily Dhuhr/Asr and Maghreb/Isha congregational prayer are scheduled at the 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the Dhuhr and Maghreb time for that day, whichever is earlier. Thursday Dua e Kumail programs starts at 8:00 PM with Isha prayer. Friday Jumu’ah prayer program is scheduled for 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the Dhuhr prayer time. Friday evening program starts at 8:00 PM with Isha prayer. IMAN Young Explorers will meet at 7:00 PM.
We could use more help with programming at IMAN. Please send mail to imanprograms@yahoogroups.com if you can help.
Several guest speaker are lined up for programs at IMAN this month:
  • March 2, 2018: Shahzad Bhatti, CEO of Axiom Learning and Dr. J. Aisha Simon,  Chief Academic Officer of Axiom Learning  will offer an overview of how to most effectively apply to the top colleges and universities in the United States in order to maximize your chances of gaining admissions. Axiom has helped a majority of its students get into the top colleges in the world, including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Yale and Columbia, among others. Anybody interested in the college admissions process, particularly students preparing to apply (middle school and high school), their parents and educators concerned about the impact of the admissions process on educational norms and values. Axiom Learning has pro bono operations helping orphans, refugees and underprivileged students in emerging and developed markets by sharing its technology and curricula.
  • March 9, 2018: Troy Reicherter, founder of the Seattle Peace Project and history teacher at Olympic Middle School in the Auburn School District, will conduct dialogue circles for Meaningful Spiritual Interaction each month. Objective is for spiritual friends to share how they put the values of their faith into everyday life. For one golden hour, participants will commit to discuss those all-important things that we normally do not talk about. Each participant will first have the an opportunity to share in brief challenges they face – anger, irritation, fear, doubt, envy, etc. – and then at length describe what steps they are taking to overcome this, and how this is working for them. Then there all participants will be invited to share a gem of wisdom or inspiration that keeps them going – a story or bit of scripture, a wisdom saying, something to give others strength in tough times. The circle will conclude with a chance for everyone to to thank one another from the heart and offer any divinely-inspired advice that may come to the participants. Please see link: https://www.hhresearch.org/events-calendar for more details on dialogue circle outline.
  • March 16, 2018:  Jalal Moughania a practicing attorney and counselor at law, will be our guest speaker on March 16 when we will commemorate the birthday of Hazrat Fatima (SA) when he will discuss ‘Why we all need to get involved establishing thriving Muslim institutions in North America’. Br Jalal is a partner at the AT Law Group based in Michigan, where he focuses on the firm’s business law practice. Moughania holds a J.D. in Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. He serves as the Deputy Director at the Mainstay Foundation. Moughania is also a researcher, writer, and lecturer on topics related to Muslim-American identity, civic society, and Islamic thought.
 Please remember Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 11. Dhuhr and Maghreb prayer times at IMAN will adjust accordingly.
Sunday School
  • As it was discussed during the IMAN School open session in Sept, this year we implemented a formal mid-term and final exam student assessment program. Teachers held midterm examination over the past 2-3 weeks. Further, we held our 2017-2018 Parent & Teacher conference meeting on February 25, 2018. Teachers met with parents and provided an update of the student progress in class. Overall, we had a successful turnout with more than 50% of the parents signing up.
  • Our next Parent meeting is scheduled for March 25, 2018. We look forward to meet all parents then.
Social Services
  • We continue to work with families approaching IMAN for assistance. We help families with their immediate needs (e.g. rent and utilities) and try to guide them with finding employment.
  • This month so far we have assisted 10 families. 6 of the families are refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. 3 of the families are single mother households and a student lost his night job. Last month we assisted 13 families.
  • Our partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church (that started in June 2017) continues to host monthly, last Saturday of the month, community dinners. A sit down meal is offered in a vary tasteful and dignified manner to guests in need and members of the community. Guests include the homeless, those who cannot make ends meet, the elderly or those in the community wanting to share their blessings with the larger community. IMAN volunteers have been regularly helping St. John’s volunteers in this effort. Br Abbas Kazmi is looking for at least 8 volunteers for the community dinner scheduled for March 31, 2018.

If you are interested to help please contact imansocialservices@yahoogroups.com.

 
Facilities
  • Projector in lower level classroom is now operational. It needed a new lamp. Projector in the middle room is defective and need repair or replacement.
  • Faucets used for watering the landscape still need repairing.
  • More roof path work was necessary to eliminate the roof leak. We appreciate Br. Hossein Rezaee’s dogged determination to locate and repair the roof leak.
  • IMAN Center is now (since last December) equipped with a new wireless infrastructure to improve consistent coverage throughout the building. The old SSIDs will now be retired.
If you have expertise in this area are willing to help, please send mail to imanfacilities@yahoogroups.com.
Outreach
  • On Sunday February 11th, 2018 at 2:00 PM IMAN hosted students from a Maple Valley church for a presentation on Islam and a tour of IMAN facilities.
  • Br. Jawad Khaki continues to participate in The City of Kirkland’s Inclusion Network (IN) community dialogue pilot project as part of Kirkland’s Welcoming City initiative. IN is a group of community leaders working with the City to create opportunities to make Kirkland an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. We are looking for more people who can participate in this important activity. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 1, 2018 6:00 PM-8:00 PM in the Council Chambers at the Kirkland City Hall. Please contact Br. Jawad is you are interested in attending.
  • Everyone at IMAN is invited to attend Interfaith Friendship Dinner “Love, Compassion, Courage” 5:00-7:30 PM on Saturday March 31st, 2018 scheduled at Muslim Associations of Puget Sound 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond, WA 98052. Please register your party and child care needs in advance at mapsredmond.org.
  • The next FIRE dinner dialogue is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, 2018, 5-8PM, at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue. Details of the topic are still being worked out, but will likely be “Living With Others in a Multi-Faith and Non-Faith World”, and delve into how faith communities view other faith communities and interact with them. Please save the date, and watch here for more information!