IMANews: Jamadi ul Awwal 1440 AH / January 2019

As salaamu alaikum

 

Highlights:

New Year’s Resolutions

 For many people, the beginning of the new year coincides with an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months, and set practical resolutions for the next 12 months. And keeping up with the spirit of the new year’s resolutions, we learn from traditions of the immaculate family, the Ahlul Bayt (a) of the importance of being in a state of “accounting for our souls.” In an oft- quoted tradition from Imam Musa al-Kadhim (a), he states, “He is not from us who does not account for soul every day…” Numerous ahadith speak to the notion of muhasabat al-nafs, which can parallel reflecting on the past days, months, or even year, and perhaps amongst the most important practices we can engage in with 2018 coming to a close, and the beginning of a new year, filled with optimism and opportunity. At the end of the day, it’s about curbing our bad deeds and traits, and working to create a roadmap for success for the year ahead. Click here to read more of the reflection by Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer shared by NASIMCO.

May 2019 bring happiness, joy and success in our all our lives. Aameen!

Crescent Moon for the Month of Jamadi-ul-Awwal 1440 AH

There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Sunday, January 6th, 2018, in any region of North America.

Therefore, Monday, January 7th, 2018 will be the last day of the month of Rabi al-Thani, 1440 A.H. and Tuesday, January 8th, 2018, will be the first day of the month of Jamadi al-Awwal, 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

5 Jamadi ul Awwal

Jan 12

  Wiladat of Birth of Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali (p) (p), 5 A.H.

 

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

Jamadi al Awwal Program

Daily

Dhurain and Maghrebain at 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the prayer time whichever is later

Every Thursday

7:00 PM  Qur’an class

8:00 PM Salaat ul Isha

8:15 PM Dua Kumail

8:40 PM Ziyarat e Waritha

8:50 PM Refreshments

Every Friday

11:30 AM Dua Nudba

12:30 PM Salaat ul Jumu’ah

Saturday Jan 12th, 2019

2:00 PM Ladies only milad program to celebrate the birthday of Sayyida Zaynab (p)

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 later.

Weekly Thursday programs will now commence at 7:00 PM week with the Qur’an class to be taught by Syed Rizwan Muhammad Rizvi (see below for details).

Thursday Dua e Kumail program will follow at 8:00 PM starting with salaat ul isha.

Jumu’ah prayer service program is scheduled 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 11:30 AM.

Special Ladies only milad program to celebrate the birthday of Sayyida Zaynab (p) will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday January 12th, 2019.  Everyone is encouraged to recite Nasheed/ Manqabat in the language of their choice. Children can prepare short (2-5 min) speeches or poems on the life of Lady Zainab. Please register with Sr. Nafisa Jassani (nafisa.jassani@gmail.com) or Sr. Zehra Abedi (zehraabedi@yahoo.com) if you would like to recite or present a speech.

Refreshments (pot-luck style) will be served after the ladies milad program.    Please coordinate with Sr. Nafisa (nafisa.jassani@gmail.com) and/or Sr. Zehra Abedi (zehraabedi@yahoo.com) to sign up for one or more of the following items –.

  • Salad
  • Bread and cheese 
  • Pasta
  • Rice pulao ( chicken, vegetable or meat)
  • Fruits for dessert

Weekly Qur’an Class

As a follow-up to the interest expressed at the introductory session help on Thursday December 6th, 2018, IMAN is pleased to  introduce a successfully piloted and implemented new Qur’an teaching method and syllabus designed Syed Rizwan Muhammad Rizvi for adults every Thursday at 7:00 PM. Syed Rizwan, who has recently moved to Seattle from Australia, has been teaching Qur’an for 10 years and has designed this course especially for English speakers. The course simplifies complexities found in traditional methods of teaching Quran. It also provides parents the tools to help their children follow the new syllabus at home. Here is a sneak peak of the course

 

Sunday School

  • Sunday School has been in progress this year now for 15 weeks. (Including 3 weeks holidays).
  • Sunday School students and family donated 84 toys (items) during the School Toys Drive (From December 9th to December 16th). They were taken to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for the local families.
  • We want to thank Everybody who participated in donating, helping to collect them, distributing the toys and taking them to the local agency.
  • Two of our teachers left our Sunday school due to the Job relocation and We thank them for their time and their commitment during the Sunday School and wish them well.
  • We are fortunate that couple of parents have accepted the responsibility to teach these classes.

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 3 families.

IMAN Executive Committee has recognized that the small social service subcommittee volunteer base cannot sustain the growing number of people who seek financial help from IMAN. Further, people who find themselves in difficult life situations are often in need of more assistance to get back on their feet than the small financial assistance that is provided.  It is for this reason, those applying for assistance to IMAN are now first redirected to contact centers which are in closer proximity to the aid applicant.  By doing so, we hope with time to grow the social service volunteer base that can come to assist people in difficult financial or health situations and also tap into a broader donor pool. 

The community dinners in collaboration with St. John’s Episcopal Church are continuing last Saturday of every month.  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 commit their time on a regular basis please send e-mail to imansocialservices@yahoogroups.com. 

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.