Welcome to the Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN). In Arabic, the word IMAN means “faith.” IMAN is one of the several Muslim organizations in the Greater Seattle area. It was established in August 1997. The IMAN center is located at 515 State St. Kirkland, WA 98033.
IMAN’s purpose is to provide an environment that will allow individuals to grow and contribute to human progress with a view to seek closeness to Allah SWT. IMAN is a Shia Ithna-asheri organization following the teachings of Ahlul Bayt. Here is an excerpt from the Articles of Incorporation that describes IMAN’s specific purpose:
- To pursue the religious, educational and cultural activities of the Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim religion.
- To serve as one of the centers for Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslims in Washington
- To assist in performing any religious and social ceremonies such as marriage and funeral arrangements. The corporation shall endeavor to provide locations for these purposes.
- To perform charitable works for needy families in the USA, Canada and elsewhere irrespective of their religious beliefs.
- To create, cultivate and maintain good will among the community.
- To create, receive, raise and invest funds and to buy, sell, build, own and lease properties in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the corporation.
- To take such other actions, either directly or through other organizations, as are consistent with the Bylaws of the Corporation, these purposes and with its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).
IMAN is a community based organization that believes societal improvement starts within the community and expands outward. IMAN encourages individuals to reach out to their inner community as well as participate in larger contribution efforts, such as reaching out to the needy in the Seattle area, as well as helping groups such as Habitat for Humanity, and the local blood drives for our community. The IMAN community serves a broad and diverse cross-section of people in the Greater Seattle Area. Natives and immigrants representing multiple ethnicities work, pray, and serve together. Everyone is welcome to visit and participate in IMAN activities, and we highly encourage everyone to help and contribute with our efforts. An important focus group of our diversity is the youth of our community.
We take great pride in educating our youth and ensuring that they grow up to be dedicated Muslims as well as positive influences to our society. There are several activities and programs tailored for our youth, such as prayer and fasting for the younger children, as well as the principals of Hajj and Islamic philosophy to the adolescent youth. The youth also get to enjoy family movie nights at IMAN, where we show religious movies at gatherings where families and their youth can bond together. IMAN also has weekly speakers including guest speakers from across the world, who come to lecture and provide their wisdom to the IMAN community.
- Weekend School operating since 1990
- Weekly Religious Gatherings since 1997
- Annual Muharram and Ramadhan Programs since 1997
- Invited (>35) speakers from different backgrounds to promote Islamic teachings
- Aqd-Nikah (Marriage) and Funeral services to the local community since 1989
- Acquired a permanent facility in 2004
- Social Services Programs:
- Volunteers for monthly cooking at a homeless shelter
- Operates Food bank to help families in need
- In-kind or financial aid to those in need
- Reach out to Muslim children in the Foster Care System during Ramadhan and Eid
- Sponsorship of >130 children around the world through various programs
- Volunteers & donations to build low-income families homes (www.togetherwebuild.org)
- Inter-faith and intra-faith activities:
- Promote understanding of Islam, Muslims, teachings of the Ahlul Bayt
- Intercommunity bridge building
- Full day seminars entitled Building Bridges to Islam attended by over 460 people
- Various presentations on Islam at IMAN center, Churches, Synagogues, community centers
- Fund raising for relief to victims of Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Hurricane, War
- Workshops on preventing domestic violence
- Reached out to elected representatives on issues of concern to Muslims.
- Interacted with members of the newsprint & TV media on world events & mosque struggle
- Supported various capital projects around North America
- Contributed to the activities of umbrella organizations such as NASIMCO, UMAA, etc.
- Multi-million dollar renovation project for the center which now accommodates a wide variety of classrooms, lecture halls, a central prayer room, as well as the technological infrastructure assisting our programs.
Every week, IMAN offers a set of rich programs for the community to attend and benefit from. Congregational prayers are held every day of the week at 8:00 PM. Additional religious services/programs on held on Thursday, Friday and Sundays. These programs include weekly Du’a, Friday prayers, Evening programs, and Sunday School, as well as other programs. Birth and death anniversaries and days of religious significance are also commemorated. Arabic and Farsi Language classes are also provided for all members of the broader community. We invite people to suggest how we can improve our activities and programs. Details of all programs are posted at http://iman-wa.org/cms/category/upcoming-events/ and are updated weekly. Events and Monthly themes are also announced via e-mail. For more information on these programs, please see the Contact Information section.
Every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM during daylight savings time), eager kids and rushed parents meet at the Sunday school. The school student body comprises of over 100 children of ages 5 to 18 from diverse backgrounds. Several teachers and volunteers help out in the running of the school. In addition to being taught to recite Salaat and Qur’an, children are instructed in Qur’anic Study, Islamic History, Akhlaq and Fiqh (Jurisprudence).
A key aspect of the school is to provide a social environment that enables school children to interact with their Muslim peers and build a support system of their own. In addition to Islamic studies as outlined above, children are encouraged to participate in a variety of recreational and volunteering activities. Examples of these activities include inner tubing at the Snoqualmie slopes, food drive during Eid, end of school year camp/picnics, etc.
The school was started by teachers and parents who are members of the Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN). The school runs as an entity of IMAN.
The school has been housed at different locations in the past. With the recent remodeling of IMAN Center in Kirkland, the Sunday school will now be housed in the lower floor of IMAN Center which has been designated to meet the educational needs of the community. More information about the Sunday School can be found here.