IMANews: Jamadi ul Akhar 1440 AH / February 2019


As salaamu alaikum



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

We have received report that there have been verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at several locations around the country.

Therefore, Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 is the first day of the month of Jamadi al-Akhar, 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


3 Jamadi al-Akhar

Feb 8

Wafat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p), 11 A.H.

13 Jamadi al-Akhar

Feb 18

Wafat Lady Umm al-Banin (p), mother of al-Abbas (p), 64 A.H.

20 Jamadi al-Akhar

Feb 25

Wiladat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p), 5 B.H. or 8 B.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 Akhar Program



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

Every Thursday

(except as otherwise noted below)

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

Thursday Feb 7th, 2019

Wafat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p)

7:00 PM  Qur’an class

8:00 PM Salaat ul Isha

8:15 PM Dua Kumail

8:40 PM Lecture to observe Wafat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p)

9:30 PM Ziyarat

9:40 PM Refreshments

Friday Feb 22nd, 2019

Ladies only milad to celebrate Wiladat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p). 

7:30 PM Manqabat and presentations by members of the community

8:15 PM Presentation by Zakira Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla

8:45 PM Refreshments and fellowship

9:00 PM Clean-up and Wrap-up

Saturday Feb 23rd, 2019

Men and Women Milad to celebrate Wiladat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p)

6:00 PM Salaat ul Maghrebain

6:30 PM Open with the Qur’an

6:35 PM Nasheed

6:45 PM Presentation by Zakira Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla

7:25 PM Nasheed

7:30 PM Ziyarat

7:35 PM Dinner + Fellowship

8:45 PM Clean-up and Wrap-up

Our Guest speaker this month is an internationally known “Zakira” (Islamic lecturer) Sister Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla. Sister Shyrose has lectured at mosques, universities, churches and interfaith gatherings and is a prolific reciter of majalises in Urdu, English and Gujarati.  She is a recipient  of Ahlulbayt TV’s “2012 Award of Excellence” for her outstanding contribution to female public speaking.   She was recognized in 2017 by the Islamic Centre of North America (ICNA) with “Woman of Wonder” award  and in 2014 by Toronto’s Radio Pro-Learning program with “Woman of Inspiration” Award. 

Zakira Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla, B.A (hons), M.Ed., is a graduate of York University (Toronto, Canada) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master’s Degree in the field of Education. 

Dinner on Saturday February 23rd is being sponsored by Br. Jawad Khaki and Sr. Kaniz Khaki to share the joy of the birth of their grand-daughter Noor Nargis Haider, daughter of former IMAN Sunday School student Sr. Ateqah Khaki and Syed Ali Haider. Noor Nargis was born on New year’s Eve in Toronto, Canada.

Volunteers to celebrate Wiladat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p)

Hospitality team is looking for volunteers for the event to celebrate the wiladat Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p) on Saturday February 23rd, 2019.  If you can help, please click I want to help celebrate Wiladat of Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra.

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 now for 19 weeks.
  • Teachers are making progress with the Tarbiyah book series. Two of the classes have finished one module and have moved onto the next module.  Tarbiyah  curriculum covers Fiqh (Principles of Islamic jurisprudence) and Islamic History.  For more information on Tarbiyah Curriculum, please see visit the link:
  • In addition to the Tarbiyah curriculum students are learning daily salaat (recitation and meaning) as well as the Qur’anic  recitation and Qur’anic study.


Social Services

We help families approaching IMAN for assistance with their immediate needs (e.g. rent and utilities) and guide them with finding employment when needed.  Families are encouraged to work with organizations close to their place of residence. This month rent assistance was provided to 4 families – 3 of assistance requests received were through Al Mahdi Center and one from IECS.

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 

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:

Muharram Blood Drive

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And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely


Surat Al-M?’idah 5:32

To give back to our wonderful community in the Seattle area, and to follow the sacrifice example of our beloved IMAM Hussain, his family and companions, IMAN Center is again organizing a blood drive this coming Muharram on Friday Sep. 6th 2019 with Bloodworks Northwest at the center.

In order for us to finalize the bookings for this event, we need at least 20 – 25 people to commit to donate so that we can reserve a timeslot with Bloodworks Northwest team.

To commit you should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be In good health at the moment having had no illnesses in past 3+ years related to blood.
  • Not taking medications like blood thinners other than baby aspirin
  • Have had no implants, grafts or tattoo in the past 1 year. This includes dental grafts.
  • Have not traveled to countries where Malaria is endemic, e.g.,: India Pakistan Bangladesh Sri Lanka and the far east in past one year nor had malaria in past 3 years.

If you like to commit to the blood drive, please email:  with your name and your phone number or click Sign-up for Muharram Blood Drive

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.