IMANews: Rajab 1440 AH / March 2019

 

As salaamu alaikum

 

Highlights:

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

There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 in any region of North America.

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 was last day of the month of Jamadi al-Akhar, 1440 A.H. and Friday, March 8th, 2019, was the first day of the month of Rajab, 1440 A.H. for us in the Greater Seattle area.

Important Islamic events this month

Date AH

Date AD

Occasion

1 Rajab

Mar 8

Wiladat of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), 57 A.H.

2 Rajab

Mar 9

Wiladat of Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 212 A.H.

3 Rajab

Mar 10

Wafat of Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 254 A.H.

10 Rajab

Mar 17

Wiladat of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (p), 195 A.H.

13 Rajab

Mar 20

Wiladat of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (p), 23 B.H.

15 Rajab

Mar 22

Wafat of Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali (p), 62 A.H.

25 Rajab

Apr 1

Wafat of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), 183 A.H.

27 Rajab

Apr 3

Day of Mab’ath, Meraj 13 B.H.

 

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

 

Rajab Program

 

Daily

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 Brief reflection on wiladat/wafat in Rajab

8:50 PM Ziyarat e Waritha

8:50 PM Refreshments

Every Friday

12:30 PM Dua Nudba

  1:30 PM Salaat ul Jumu’ah

Fri, Mar 8th, 2019

Wiladat celebration of

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p)

7:30 PM Salaat ul Isha

7.45 PM Presentation by Sr. Zeinab Masud

8:15 PM Q/A session with Sr. Zeinab

8:45 PM Refreshments

Sat, Mar 23rd, 2019

Wiladat celebration of

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (p)

6:00 PM Dinner

6:45 PM Open with Qur’an

6:50 PM Nasheed

7:00 PM Presentation by Maulana Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi

7:41 PM Salaat ul Maghrebain

8:05 PM Clean-up and Wrap-up

Sun, Mar 31, 2019

12th F.I.R.E Interfaith Dinner Dialogue

5:00 PM Dinner

5:45 PM Interfaith Panel Discussion – “The Question of Evil”

8:00 PM Clean-up and Wrap-up

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

 

8:00 PM Salaat ul Maghrebain

8:30 PM Duas and Aamal for eve of 27th Rajab

9:15 PM Refreshments

 

Wiladat celebration of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p):

Our speaker for the Wiladat celebration of Imam Mohammed al-Baqir (p) is Sr. Zeinab Masud. She is a philosopher and psychotherapist. She obtained both her bachelors and master’s degrees in Philosophy whilst studying in Belgium and went on to complete a certificate and diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counseling before commencing her work as a psychotherapist. Zeinab currently provides life coaching services to clients from across the globe, utilizing her background in psychotherapy, sociology and psychology.  In addition, she has taught, writes and speaks on her areas of expertise.  She has recently presented on “The Concept of Self” in Karachi, and more locally within the Mercer Island School district.

 

We live in conflicted times where our identity is often questioned both by both ourselves and others. She will be presenting on ‘The concept of Self’ at IMAN.  The concept of this talk is to address the following:  How aware are we of what creates a ‘self-concept’? What makes us respect ourselves? Are we expressing attitudes of respect towards our children? What is the best that we can do to empower our children to have a healthy sense of identity in an age of controversy? The goal of this workshop would be (through Psychological and Sociological theories) to gain an in-depth understanding of how self-concepts/identities are shaped and how we can create a healthier space for our children as well as reaching a deeper understanding of how our own self-concepts have been formed. 

 

Wiladat celebration of Imam Ali (p):

Maulana Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi, Resident Alim at Fatima Community Services Society of BC, will be guest speaker on the occasion of the birthday of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.). He will deliver a presentation entitled “Moral and Spiritual Principles in the Sayings of Imam Ali (a.s)”. 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.

 

Maulana Dr. Syed Zaidi’s presentation will focus on the importance of moral and spiritual aspects of Islam as ultimate goal of religious beliefs and practices. His discussion, drawing from the sayings of Imam Ali (p), will try to explain how moral principles can play a key role in our spiritual development and are directly related to our individual, social and family life. How can these principle motivate us to revisit the direction of our belief, faith and action.

 

Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on March 31 — “The Question of Evil

IMAN on behalf of Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE) invites you to the 12th Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on Sunday, March 31, 5-8 PM at IMAN Center.

 

The event features a panel discussion with representatives of world religions including Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Unitarian-Universalist, and stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants. The topic for this Dialogue is “The Question of Evil”, and will explore topics such as “How does your faith define evil?”, “How does your faith response to evil?”, “Is violence acceptable in response to evil?”, and “How does your faith teach you to respond to evil collectively and individually?”

 

Because of the need to order the right amount of food, please  RSVP for  this Dinner Dialogue using EventBrite by clicking here. You may make your donation to cover the cost of food through EventBrite, or at the door by cash, check, or credit card. For more information, please click The Question of Evil and/or email rsvp@fire-wa.org.

 

Opportunity to learn conversational English

We are very pleased to announce  Mariam Kazmi an 8th grader and a valued IMAN Sunday School participant is helping children develop fluency in  conversational English.  She needs our help connecting with refugees who may benefit from these classes.  Please click link for further details.

 

Please donate to replace our failed hot water tank

Hot water tanks have a ten year life and true to form IMAN’s hot water tank started leaking water sometime before 12:30 PM Monday March 4, 2019 causing our HVAC system to also fail due to flooding of the gas line with leaking water. Thanks to a working sump pump we did not suffer any further damage to the property besides the failed tank and the gas supply lines that had to be drained.  Cost of repairing the hot water supply I approximately to $10,000 and is expected to be completed inshallah Monday March 11, 2019.    

 

We appeal to all to donate generously to help us cover this expense. We all benefit from hot water and the HVAC system!

 

Volunteering opportunities during Rajab

There are several opportunities for each one of us to help with Rajab programs. Please click sign-up and select how you can help out.

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

School committee meeting with parents took place on February 3, 2019 to exchange Ideas to continue improve the learning experience and engagement in Sunday school activities. The committee was heartened to see close to 30 people participating. It was a very productive meeting with good exchange of ideas. Meeting notes have been distributed to all parents and teachers for review and acknowledgement.

 

A very successful bake sale that took place on February 17, 2019 (1:30 PM to 3:00 PM) collected $955 was collected to help fund school activities. School committee appreciates with deepest gratitude all volunteers, parents, students and teachers for their who hearted participation.

 

Our students benefited from an engaging talk by IMAN’s Jamadi ul-Akhar guest speaker Zakira Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla.

 

Parent Teacher conference is scheduled for March 10, 2019.

 

Please do not forget we move to Pacific Daylight Savings time on March 10 when we lose one hour of sleep and our clocks move forward by an hour.  Our school schedule changes accordingly to accommodate salaat timings.

 

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 – 2 of assistance requests received were through Al Mahdi Center and one from IECS and one from IMAN.

 

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

 

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: signup@iman-wa.org  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.