IMANews: Rabi-ul-Aakher 1440 AH / December 2018

As salaamu alaikum

 

Highlights:

Crescent Moon for the Month of Rabi-ul-Aakher 1440 AH

 

There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Friday December 7th, 2018, in any region of North America. Therefore, Saturday, December 8th, 2018 was the last day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1440 A.H. and Sunday, December 9th, 2018, coincided with the first day of the month of Rabi al-Thani, 1440 A.H. for us in the Greater Seattle area.

We ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Important Islamic events this month

Date AH

Date AD

Occasion

8 Rabi al-Thani

December 16

Wiladat of Imam Hasan al-askari (p), 232 A.H.

10 Rabi al-Thani

December 18

Wafat of Lady Masooma sister of Imam al-Ridha (p) in Qom

 

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (AJTF).

Administrative Update

Annual General Meeting of IMAN took place on Saturday December 8th, 2018 where the Annual General Meeting 2017-2018 Report was approved and the following people were nominated to serve the 2018/2019 term.

Mohamed Jawad Khaki

President and Treasurer

Hossein Rezaee

Vice President

Ali Mansoor Naqvi

Secretary

Gulamabbas Juma

Committee Member

Nuri Mansoori

Committee Member

In the coming weeks, sub-committees for the new term will be re-appointed/formed. There are many opportunities to volunteer to meet the needs of our congregation. Please send e-mail to imanec@yahoogroups.com if you would like to serve in any of the areas listed below. IMAN counts on your continued support to create a spiritually vibrant, caring sharing community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Programs

Develop and plan daily, weekly, monthly, Muharram and Ramadhan programs

Facilities

Look after IMAN facilities

Hospitality

Assist with hosting of programs and events at IMAN

Social Services

Attend to the social and welfare needs of  people in need

Finance

Fundraising and financial management

Resource Center

Organize and operate IMAN Web site and library

Funeral

Assist with funeral arrangements

Outreach

Reach out to other faith communities as well as local and state officials

School

Sunday School Committee

 

 

All Executive Committee and Sub-Committee appointments are subject to approval by the Board of Directors of IMAN. IMAN Board of Directors Manage are responsible to set direction of IMAN and ensure direction is being pursued by the organization.

 

Board

Jawad Khaki, Hamed Esfahani, Ali Mansoor Naqvi, Hossein Rezaee, Nuri Mansoori

 

Rabi-ul-Aakher Program

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.

Dua e Kumail program will start every week at 8:00 PM with salaat ul isha.

Regular weekly Jumu’ah prayer service program is at the 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the Dhuhr prayer time. The Jumu’ah prayer service will be preceded by recitation of Dua e Nudba at 11:00 AM.

Special program to commemorate wafat of Lady Masooma of Qom will be held as outlined below:

Thursday December 20

Wafat of Lady Masooma of Qom

8:00 PM

Isha Adhan and Prayer

8:20 PM

Dua Kumail

8:45 PM

Qur’an

8:50 PM

Wafat of Lady Masooma of Qom

9:00 PM

Ziyarat

9:10 PM

Refreshments & wrap-up

 

Sunday School

  • We are more than 9 weeks into the new school year.
  • 136 items were collected from November 4th to November 18th and donated to a local food bank.
  • 6 teachers and committee members participated on November 18, 2018. Discussions focused on:
    • Several items that school, Teachers, Staff will work on to improve.
    • Need to reprint the Tarbiyah books / work books and give them to the students/ (The books are in PDF forms and school can print them). In the process of obtaining quotation from print shop for reprinting the books and work with parents to reimburse the costs of the book.
    • New method for teaching Quran to the student.
  • Toys drive is in progress from December 9th to December 16th to support locally needy Families (International Rescue Committee at SeaTac, WA).
  • No school on Sunday December 23 and December 30 of 2018 (Holiday). School will be back in session on January 6th, 2019). 

Social Services

We continue to work with families approaching IMAN for assistance. We help local families with their immediate needs (e.g. rent and utilities) and try to guide them with finding employment when needed. Families are encouraged to work with organizations close to their place of residence. This month so far we have assisted 2 families.

The community dinners in collaboration with St. John’s Episcopal Church are continuing last Saturday of every month. Our one year anniversary of this wonderful collaboration with St. Johns came up in June.

We are looking for 6-8 dedicated IMAN volunteers on a regular and committed basis. Around this core group we can proceed with our plan to offer an additional, IMAN led, 2nd Saturday of the month dinner at St. Johns. Those who would like to get started and then commit their time on a regular basis should contact Abbas Kazmi at (303) 718 4516.

Please note that IMAN does not accept donation items (clothing, food, household items) for Social Services unless the committee specifically asked for them or coordinated the pick-up with the donors.

There are several other local organizations that will gladly accept such donations on regular basis, including: https://worldreliefseattle.org/donate-goods

Community Service Credits

Members of the congregation who need community service credits are required to make arrangements in advance for any service provided to IMAN for which credit will be requested. Service credit certification will only be provided for eligible activities for which prior arrangement have been made and only after the eligible service have been satisfactorily completed. No exceptions will be made.