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IMANews – Shawwal 1439 / June 2018

As salaamu alaikum

The Crescent Moon for Month of Shawwal 1439 AH

IMAN is pleased to announce that Friday, June 15th, 2018, will be the first day of the month of Shawwal, 1439 A.H. for us in the greater Seattle area.

Many gathered at IMAN for the program on 29th of Ramadhan earlier this evening were able to clearly see the crescent moon for the month of the Shawwal 1439 AH

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

Important Islamic events this month

Date AH
Date AD
Occasion
1 Shawal
June 15
Eid al-Fitr
8 Shawal
June 22
Destruction of al-Baqi, 1344 AH
25 Shawal
June 9
Martyrdom of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (p), 148 AH

Zakat al-Fitrah for 2018

As we look forward with excitement the joyous completion of the holy month of Ramadan, we cannot forget the needs of those in poverty and our obligation to provide a them with a helping hand. Zakat al-fitrah is a special form of obligatory zakat given at the end of the month of Ramadan, during the day of Eid, to help those in need.

The estimated minimum value of zakat al-fitrah, for 2018, in the United States, is US $10.00 per eligible person (click here to view how it was calculated). The sum must be paid on a person’s behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents. This would also include any guests who are staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr, under the care of the person. A family of four, for example, who also has two guests staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr would pay six times the individual zakat amount, for a total of US $60.00, to account for each family member and guest.

Please note, if a center or person knows of someone needy in their city, as an obligatory precaution, it is not religiously allowed to send the zakat al-fitrah to feed the poor outside of that city. [Reference: Minhaj al-Salihin, Book 1, page 383, 2001, Mas’ala #1182.]

You can pay provide your zakat al-fitrah in cash or mailing in your check or by donations on-line. On-line donation incur bank fees. If you would like to make a contribution electronically, please e-mail your pledge to treasurer@iman-wa.org and an electronic form will be mailed to you to enable a fee free on-line payment option.

Program for day of Eid

9:30 AM
Dua Nudba
10:00 AM
Takbirat
10:10 AM
Salaat ul Eid + Khutba of Eid
11:00 AM
Refreshments and Fellowship
1:15 PM
Salaat ul Jumu’ah (if Eid on Friday)
9:24 PM
Salaat ul Maghrebain

Programs for the rest of Shawwal

Daily and weekly programs continue at IMAN. 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.

Thursday Dua e Kumail programs during Shawwal will start at 9:00 PM followed by Maghrebain prayers.

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

Friday evening program will start at 8:30 PM with the Qur’an circle followed by Maghrebain prayers.

Friday Qur’an study circles started in January 2018 will continue working its way to the front of the Qur’an by deliberating on a short sura or a few ayats each week. Next Sura to be discussed is al Fil. Feedback from the participants has been very positive and we look forward to more people joining the study circle in the weeks ahead.

We look forward to the working with new people who have signed up to help with programs at IMAN in July. Look forward to developments in this space.

Administrative Update

Now is a good time to renew your 2018 membership if you have not already done so. All members should have received a pledge reminder by now. We look forward to hearing from you!

There are many opportunities to volunteer as we serve the many needs our congregation.

Programs
Develop and plan daily, weekly, monthly, Muharram and Ramadhan programs
Jawad Khaki, Karim Al Haddad, Mohammad Reza Khani, Asgari Hirji, Farah Alsudani, Elnaz Rezaei, Zain Rizvi, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi (Young Explorer), Hamed Esfahani (Philosophy)
Facilities
Look after IMAN facilities
Hossein Rezaee (Lead), Zehra Naz, Ali Haider, Shaheed Chagani, Gulamabbas Juma, Jawad Khaki, Nuri Mansuri, Hussain Biram
Hospitality
Assist with hosting of programs and events at IMAN
Kaniz Khaki, Hayatollah Haidar, Zahra Ghatrani, <more help needed>
Social Services
Attend to the social and welfare needs of  people in need
TBA (Lead) Hamed Esfahani, Samad Faghih, Gulamabbas Juma, Abbas Kazmi, Amer Kuba, Mohsen Vakilian (Br. Shakir Kassamaly has decided to step down from his role.)
Finance
Fundraising and financial management
Jawad Khaki, Gulamabbas Juma <more help needed>
Resource Center
Organize and operate IMAN Web site and library
Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi, <more help needed>
Funeral
Assist with funeral arrangements
Hamed Esfahani, Jawad Khaki, Batool H. Akbar <more help needed>
Outreach
Reach out to other faith communities as well as local and state officials
Jawad Khaki, Mateen Rokhsefat <more help needed>
School
Sunday School Committee
Ali Dadvar, Kaniz Khaki, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi, Farzana Rehman

Please send e-mail to imanec@yahoogroups.com if you would like to serve in any of the above areas where <more help is needed>

IMAN counts on your continued support to create a spiritually vibrant, caring sharing community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Sunday School update.

  • We concluded another successful year of IMAN Sunday School on May 20, 2018. Teacher appreciation day was held on the last day of school to thank all the teachers and TA for their time and efforts supporting IMAN School. Further, we would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL involved with IMAN School in 2017-2018 school year for their contributions and support to make this a successful year.
  • Annual End of Year BBQ Celebration is scheduled for on June 17 at Crossroad Park in Bellevue from 11 AM to 4 PM. Please use the link below to RSVP by 6/15: Sign up

We look forward for the students to enjoy the summer and be ready to start school in late Sept 2018.

Social Services

We continue to work with families approaching IMAN for assistance. We help families with their immediate needs (e.g. rent and utilities) and try to guide them with finding employment when needed. This month so far we have assisted 14 families. 10 of the families are refugees or asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. 6 of the families are single mother households, 2 are elderly persons. In the previous month we assisted 16 families with rent and utilities, and provided food (rice, oil, dates, and meat) for 20 families in preparation for the month of Ramadhan.

Facilities

Following maintenance actions were accomplished:

  • A computer and printer for the new IMAN office to situated in the room adjacent to the prayer hall have been purchase.
  • Annual storm water system inspection was completed and found to be in clean and good condition. During the summer months any sediment deposit will have to be removed to keep the system in good operating condition.
  • Plumber has fixed a new leak in the kitchen sink and is schedule to do the repairs for the outdoor faucet later this month.
  • We are struggling with our landscaper to provide regular dependable service.

IMANews – Ramadhan 29th 1439 AH / June 14th, 2018 Update

Predictions of the Crescent Moon of Shawwal 1439 AH

Astronomical data shows a strong possibility of sighting the crescent moon at sunset on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in North America. Based on this information, there is a very high probability that the day of Eid will be on Friday June 15, 2018, if God wills. Please look for an announcement via WhatsApp and e-mail around or after maghreb on Thursday June 14, 2018.

Recognizing Qur’an Competition Participants and those who fasted

IMAN community on Thursday June 14, 2018 will recognize:

  • 40+ children and youth who registered and participated in the IMAN 1439 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Competition
  • Under 15 year olds who have fasted during Ramadan about whom information was provided to Sr. Naushina Hirji

Recognition ceremony will take place before maghreb – see schedule below.

Zakat al-Fitrah for 2018

As we look forward with excitement the joyous completion of the holy month of Ramadan, we cannot forget the needs of those in poverty and our obligation to provide a them with a helping hand. Zakat al-fitrah is a special form of obligatory zakat given at the end of the month of Ramadan, during the day of Eid, to help those in need.

The estimated minimum value of zakat al-fitrah, for 2018, in the United States, is US $10.00 per eligible person (click here to view how it was calculated). The sum must be paid on a person’s behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents. This would also include any guests who are staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr, under the care of the person. A family of four, for example, who also has two guests staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr would pay six times the individual zakat amount, for a total of US $60.00, to account for each family member and guest.

Please note, if a center or person knows of someone needy in their city, as an obligatory precaution, it is not religiously allowed to send the zakat al-fitrah to feed the poor outside of that city. [Reference: Minhaj al-Salihin, Book 1, page 383, 2001, Mas’ala #1182.]

If it is more convenient, you may send zakat al-fitrah to IMAN ahead of time, and in turn we will give the money on your behalf on the night of Eid, for the poor and needy. You can pay provide your zakat al-fitrah in cash or mailing in your check or by donations on-line. On-line donation incur bank fees. If you would like to make a contribution electronically, please e-mail your pledge to treasurer@iman-wa.org and an electronic form will be mailed to you to enable a fee free on-line payment option.

Program for eve of Eid

7:30 PM
Qur’an reading in English
8:00 PM
Dua e Kumail
8:30 PM
Dua e Khatam al Qur’an
8:35 PM
Dua Al-Widaa: Bidding farewell to Ramadhan
8:45 PM
Recognition of all those Qur’an Competition participants and children who fasted
9:23 PM
Adhan followed by Maghrebain prayers
9:43 PM
Light (sandwich) iftar
10:05 PM
A’maal for the night of Eid
10:30 PM
Wrap-up

Program for day of Eid

9:30 AM
Dua Nudba
10:00 AM
Takbirat
10:10 AM
Salaat ul Eid + Khutba of Eid
11:00 AM
Refreshments and Fellowship
1:15 PM
Salaat ul Jumu’ah (if Eid on Friday)
9:24 PM
Salaat ul Maghrebain

IMANews – Ramadhan 24th 1439 AH / June 9th , 2018 Update

IMAN 1439 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Competition

Alhamdulillah 45 children and youth have registered to participate in the IMAN 1439 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Competition scheduled for later today, Saturday June 9th.

Due to the enthusiastic community response the competition will span over two days with schedule as follows:

Sat 06/09/2018
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Quran competition begins. We’ll start with recitations from the 3-5 year old age group and then continue on to the 6-9 year old age group.
Sun 06/10/2018
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Quran competition continues with recitations from any remaining 6-9 year old age group who did not get time to recite the previous day, and then move on to the 10+ age group.

To ensure we get through the large number of participants within the constraints of time we will start exactly at 6:00 PM.

Everyone is urged to attend to encourage the young participants and to arrive before 6:00 PM for a timely start.

Recognizing children who have fasted during Ramadhan 1439 AH

IMAN community would like to recognize all kids under the age of 15 who have fasted during Ramadan. To register your child for recognition, please send your child’s full name, age, number of fasts completed as well as a photo of your child to naushinahirji@yahoo.com by Tuesday June 12th and also update the exact fast count by mid-day Thursday June 14th.

Iftar with our neighbors from St. John’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to welcome our partners from St. John’s Episcopal Church for Iftar at IMAN on Saturday June 9th, 2018. IMAN has since June 2017 partnered with St. John’s Episcopal Church to host monthly, last Saturday of the month, community dinners. A sit down meal is offered in a vary tasteful and dignified manner to guests in need and members of the community. Guests include the homeless, those who cannot make ends meet, the elderly or those in the community wanting to share their blessings with the larger community. IMAN volunteers have been regularly helping St. John’s volunteers in this effort.

Here is our revised program for Saturday June 9th, 2018.

7:30 PM
Qur’an Reading in English and Arabic / Children’s Program
8:30 PM
Presentation on Art of Understanding Qur’an by Sr. Asgari Hirji
8:45 PM
Rev. Lance Ousley to address our congregation
8:55 PM
Daily Ramadhan invocations
9:21 PM
Call to Prayer and evening prayers
9:41 PM
Iftar Dinner and fellowship
10:45 PM
Wrap-up
Zakat al-Fitrah for 2018
As we look forward with excitement the joyous completion of the holy month of Ramadan, we cannot forget the needs of those in poverty and our obligation to provide a them with a helping hand. Zakat al-fitrah is a special form of obligatory zakat given at the end of the month of Ramadan, during the day of Eid, to help those in need.
The estimated minimum value of zakat al-fitrah, for 2018, in the United States, is US $10.00 per eligible person (click here to view how it was calculated). The sum must be paid on a person’s behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents. This would also include any guests who are staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr, under the care of the person. A family of four, for example, who also has two guests staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr would pay six times the individual zakat amount, for a total of US $60.00, to account for each family member and guest.
Please note, if a center or person knows of someone needy in their city, as an obligatory precaution, it is not religiously allowed to send the zakat al-fitrah to feed the poor outside of that city. [Reference: Minhaj al-Salihin, Book 1, page 383, 2001, Mas’ala #1182.]
If it is more convenient, you may send zakat al-fitrah to IMAN ahead of time, and in turn we will give the money on your behalf on the night of Eid, for the poor and needy. You can pay provide your zakat al-fitrah in cash or mailing in your check or by donations on-line. On-line donation incur bank fees. If you would like to make a contribution electronically, please e-mail your pledge to treasurer@iman-wa.org and an electronic form will be mailed to you to enable a fee free on-line payment option.
Kirkland Faith-based Gun Safety Focus Group
  • As a next step after the passing of gun safety resolution, City of Kirkland is organizing a focus group for the faith community of Kirkland to talk about their perspectives regarding gun safety/violence. We are looking for a couple of volunteers from the IMAN Center to attend.

        What: Kirkland Faith-based Gun Safety Focus Group

        When: Thursday 6/14 @ 6:30pm

      Where: Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033

  • Everyone at IMAN has an opportunity to attend and speak at the upcoming City Town Hall scheduled for June 20th, 5:30pm at the Lake Washington Highschool Theater. We need a strong showing of people demonstrating that gun safety and reducing gun violence is important to us. The handout at the link might be helpful formulating thoughts.