IMANews – Shawwal 1440 AH / June 2019

As salaamu alaikum

 

Highlights:

Shawwal 1440 AH

As we complete thirty days of our spiritual journey during the blessed month of Ramadhan and celebrate the joyous occasion of Eid ul Fitr we pray to Almighty God for the success and prosperity of all who share this span of history  with us. 

 

We beseech Allah SWT to help us realize our potential in the service of humanity as we strive to build a spiritually vibrant caring sharing community.

 

We ask Allah SWT to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

 

Important Islamic events this month

Date AH

Date AD

Occasion

1 Shawwal

June 5

Eid al-Fitr

8 Shawal

June 12

Destruction of al-Baqi, 1344 AH

25 Shawal

June 29

Martyrdom of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (p), 148 AH

 

 

IMAN Scholar 2019

 

 

With great joy and pride we recognize Sheharbano Jafry as the IMAN Scholar 2019.

 

Sheharbano is an outstanding human being who exudes academic excellence and service to our community.  She has been a member of IMAN for most of her life and has been volunteering since 7th grade.  She started as a Teaching Assistant and a few years ago she became a teacher for some of the classes.

 

In tenth grade, she created the Refugee Alliance, a school organization that informs her school community about refugees and directly assists refugees in the Seattle area. As she was in the process of creating the club, people told her that the organization would not be able to achieve its goal, especially because it was led by high school students. However, she continued to find ways to help these underserved people.?

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Sheharbano volunteered with the Catholic Community Services to tutor low-income and refugee youth in Seattle, because she has always had a desire to help other underserved students like herself.  Her interactions with these students strengthened that desire even more, so she created a free SAT/ACT class at our school and at a local low-income community center to provide assistance to students who could not afford test prep.  This past summer, she expanded her class and created the CollegeReady Program to provide free standardized preparation in Bellevue and Seattle areas. 

 

She plans to study English and Biochemistry – a rare combination. She loves to read and write. She applied to be on school newspaper and made it.  Her interest in biochemistry lies in her desire to do research, find solutions and eventually go to medical school to become a doctor.  Sheharbano is a very curious person and uses her science knowledge to seek answers.  Whether it be in school, speech/debate tournaments, or dealing with her family problems, she is always seeking solutions. When she first joined debate team, she was discouraged because she kept losing. Rather than quitting, she embraced the failure.  She eventually gave a speech about her hijab and how it is important to not discriminate against women wearing a headscarf. This mindset eventually made her succeed and she eventually came in 4th place at the state tournament last year.

 

Sheharbano was born in Pakistan and moved to Bellevue as a young child.  She grew up with a single mom and her two brothers. She has faced many challenges yet she has persevered and continued to focus on her education.  ?

 

Sheharbano has an incredible desire to learn and succeed academically.  She is constantly seeking opportunities to better herself and the world around her.  The thing we like best about Sheharbano is her generosity.  She  shares her intellectual gifts and big heart with those even less fortunate than her.  She is a true gem!

 

Programs for Shawwal

Every day

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. See http://iman-wa.org.

Wednesdays

 

Starting Jun 19 8:00 PM, 2019

Older youth and adults study session from Islamic secondary sources. Come learn from the works of Imams and respected scholars, who we so often hear about in the lectures, through their own words. The study group with start with Imam Ali’s (A.S.) sermons in Nahjul Balagha.

Thursdays 7:00 PM Syed Muhammad Rizwan Rizvi: Qur’an for adults and parents
8:00 PM Qur’an Tajwid Session for all
9:00 PM Dua e Kumail Reciation
9:25 PM Salaat ul Maghrebain
9:45 PM Br Rizwan Nazarali: significance of Dua’ Kumail
10:00 PM Ziyarat e Waritha

Fridays

Friday Jumu’ah prayer program is scheduled for 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the Dhuhr prayer time.

 

July 4th Parade and BBQ

This year, as in the past, we’ll walk as an interfaith group in the parade, and then enjoy lunch together afterward at the IMAN Center! We’ll have halal hamburgers and hot dogs, veggie burgers, and  accompaniments. You’re welcome to walk in the parade, or have lunch with us, or both!  There’s no cost for lunch, but donations are welcome. You can make a donation in any amount online or at the BBQ.  

 

PLEASE RSVP by Sunday, June 30, if you plan to eat, so we have enough food!  If you have questions, please email info@fire-wa.org.

 

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the BBQ.  Please sign-up here and let us have fun together!

 

Sunday School update

May 19, 2019 was the last day of classes for year 2018-2019 at Iman Sunday School.   End of the school year was celebrated acknowledging students accomplishments and appreciation of all the teachers and TA’S.

 

Sunday School parents and students collected almost 2000 pound of clothes and donated to Value Village. Thank you all!

 

Qur’an conference for children and young adults took place on 2 days (Ramadan 27 and 28) there were almost 40 participants from age 3 to 14 from Sunday School.   Medal ceremony was organized the eve of Eid.

 

End of year Sunday School picnic was scheduled for Sunday June 9th. 

 

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 six families – four of these requests were through Al Mahdi Center, one from IECS and one request from Bellevue directly made to 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.

 

Facilities

Library room computer has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.

 

During the dry and hot summer months we need volunteers to water the landscaping.

 

Links to Ramadhan Community Member Presentations

Daily Reflections

Numbers in the Qu’ran

05-10-2019

Strokes and to prevent them

05-11-2019

Forming Atomic Habits

05-17-2019

Investing 101

05-18-2019

Muharram 1440 AH Blood Drive

05-18-2019

What is Machine Learning?

05-24-2019

Planning for our Final Resting Place

05-24-2019

Diversity, Inclusion and Equality

05-27-2019

Laylatul Qadr

06-01-2019

20-20 LifeStyles

06-03-2019

Reflection and Meditation

06-04-2019

Qur’an Conference 1440 AH Recognitions

06-04-2019

Ramadhan Fasting Recognition

06-05-2019

Eid ul Fitr Khutbah

06-05-2019

Eid ul Fitr Presentation

 

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.