IMANews – Rajab 1439 AH / March 2018

As salaamu alaikum

There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, in any region of North America. Therefore, Sunday, March 18th, 2018 was the last day of Jumadi al-Akhirah and Monday, March 19th, 2018 is the first day of the month of Rajab, 1439 A.H. for us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Rajab marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid ul Fitr. These three months (Rajab, Shabaan and Ramadhan) are unmatched in their importance. Praise be to the Almighty and thanks to Him for granting us yet another opportunity to repent, to cleanse ourselves of our sins and to develop/reform ourselves.

 

Important dates of the month

Date AH
Date AD
Occassion
1 Rajab
March 19
Birth of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (A.S.), 57 A.H.
2 Rajab
March 20
Birth of Imam Ali al-Hadi (A.S.), 212 A.H.
3 Rajab
March 21
Martyrdom of Imam Ali al-Hadi (A.S.),254 A.H.
10 Rajab
March 28
Birth of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (A.S.), 195 A.H.
13 Rajab
March 31
Birth of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.), 23 B.H.
15 Rajab
April 2
Death of Sayyida Zainab bint Ali (A.S,), 65 A.H.
25 Rajab
April 12
Martyrdom of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (A.S.), 183 A.H.
27 Rajab
April 14
Day of Mabath, 13 B.H.

 

Highlights in this update:

Guest speakers this month

Date
Speaker
Topic
March 31st, 2018
Maulana Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi
Resident Alim at Fatimia Community Services Society of BC.
Drawing inspiration from Imam Ali (A.S.) – Nurturing communities of service

 

Administrative Update

We are very encouraged by all those who have registered to become members of IMAN. Our membership has more than doubled over the last year and now stands over 45 families who have completed and submitted their membership request form. We encourage everyone to help us in our endeavor to create a spiritually vibrant, caring sharing community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

We also very much appreciate people who have stepped forward to help. There are still many opportunities to volunteer as we serve the many needs our congregation. See table below:

Programs
Develop and plan daily, weekly, monthly, Muharram and Ramadhan programs
Jawad Khaki, Karim Al Haddad, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi (Young Explorer), Hamed Esfahani (Philosophy), Mohammad Reza Khani
Facilities
Look after IMAN facilities
Hossein Rezaee (Lead), Zehra Naz, Ali Haider, Shaheed Chagani, Gulamabbas Juma, Jawad Khaki, Shakir Kassamally, Nuri Mansuri, Hussain Biram
Hospitality
Assist with hosting of programs and events at IMAN
Kaniz Khaki, Hayatollah Haidar, Zahra Ghatrani, <more help needed>
Social Services
Attend to the social and welfare needs of  people in need
Shaki 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, Mateen Rokhsefat <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.
Our guest speaker this month:
  • March 31, 2018: Maulana Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi, Resident Alim at Fatima Community Services Society of BC, will be guest speaker on the occasion of the birth of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.). He will deliver a presentation entitled “Drawing inspiration from Imam Ali (A.S.) – Nurturing communities of service”. Dr. Zaidi is a graduate of Qom. He studied there from 1984 – 1996 where he completed his darse kharij in fiqh and usool. Dr Zaidi completed his graduate and a post graduate studies at Department of Illahiya, Univesity of Tehran earning a Masters in Islamic Philosophy and Theology and where he completed his PhD thesis. Maulana holds a masters in Arabic language from University of Punjab, Pakistan and has also pursued courses in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, pastoral education at various institutions in Canada.
 The blessed month of Ramadhan is slightly over 8 weeks away and we need to start planning for programs that will help us grow spiritually and as a community. We invite youth and adults to step forward and help us in this planning exercise. Please send mail to imanprograms@yahoogroups.com or contact Br. Jawad Khaki if you want to help.
Young Explorers
The inaugural session for Young Explorers started December 1st, 2017. We had 3 clubs under it for Art, Debate and Robotics, conducted by members from our community who are experts in the fields, and like to teach children. There were 15+ kids that met every week on Fridays, working on projects such as sketching and glass painting, debating and presenting, Raspberry Pi robots and Google AIY Voice kit. On Friday March 9th we concluded the first session of Young Explorers, and we will start the next session after a short break for our teachers.
Sunday School
  • Annual Teacher/Parent conference was held on February 25, 2018 with 60% participation. Thanks to all the parents who attended this conference.
  • New class management software where parents can receive real time progress/feedback regarding their student(s) in class is being evaluated. Hopefully this can be launched for the next academic year, pending teacher evaluations.
  • New NASIMCO Islamic Studies Curriculum is being evaluated for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Anyone interested in teaching at the IMAN Sunday School for the 2018-2019 school year, to contact Br. Ali Dadvar by May 2018.
  • Annual Art Exhibition is coming up on April 1st, 2018. All submissions are due by March 25, 2018 to IMAN school. Please contact Sr. Maheen Fallah, Parent Liaison, for further information.
  • 3rd parent meeting is scheduled for March 25 from 11 to 11:45 AM. We request all school parents to attend this meeting.
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 12 families. 7 of the families are refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. 5 of the families are single mother households, an elderly person 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.
  • We would like to start a Ramadhan drive to provide extra support for families in need. We are seeking funds to procure and deliver rice, oil and halal meat so families in need can have an enjoyable Ramadhan. Please support the cause by making a financial contribution (e.g., kafara) either in cash or mailing in your check or by donations on-line. On-line donation incur bank fees. If you would like to make a contribution electronically, please e-mail your pledge to treasurer@iman-wa.org and an electronic form will be mailed to you to enable a fee free donation. In addition to financial contributions, we are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the Ramadhan drive.

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

 
Facilities
  • Projector in the middle room is defective and is awaiting repairs or replacement. Br. Shaheed Chagani is following up on this.
  • Faucets used for watering the landscape still need repairing. Waiting to be scheduled.
  • Br. Ali Haider has obtained an estimate for security cameras to monitor inside and outside of the IMAN property. Depending on the number of cameras we opt for, this could range between $7.,20500-$12,760.00. We are in the process of obtain additional estimates from other sources as well as exploring options for remote “Lock /Unlock”. Sr. Zehra Naz has completed initial research to procure a federal grant. Br. Nuri Mansoori and Br. Ali Haider will continue working this and welcome any help/expertise on this initiative.
  • There are several little projects that need attention:
    • Improving signage to replace paper signs with more enduring and aesthetically pleasing signage
    • Fix the garbage area gate
    • Interior painting of walls to freshen up worn down areas?
If you have expertise in this area are willing to help, please send mail to imanfacilities@yahoogroups.com.
Outreach
  • 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. Next set of meetings have been scheduled for May, July and September. 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!
  • Temple Beth Am warmly welcomes their Muslim neighbors for an evening of interfaith community building on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98115 . Mimouna is a centuries old celebration where Jews and Muslims in certain parts of the world have marked the end of Passover. Vegetarian/Halal/Kosher-style snacks and sweets will be served. This event is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle free, family-friendly, and open to everyone.