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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.

Programs for the last week of Ramadhan and Eid ul Fitr

  

 

In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?

 

As salaamu alaikum

With the grace of Allah SWT we are now in the last week of the blessed month of Ramadhan 1440 AH. The last nights of Ramadhan are always very special!

1440 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Conference

Later this week we have the IMAN 1440 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Conference that will span over two days:  Saturday June 1st, 2019 and Sunday June 2nd, 2019 starting promptly at 5:30 PM on each day. More than 40 children and youth have registered to participate.   We look forward to a good turnout as we collectively encourage our children and witness their progress with the Qur’an. All those who have registered are requested to show-up punctually at 5:30 PM to avoid disappointment of not being able to participate due to late arrival.

Recognition ceremonies for Qur’an Conference  participants as well as children who have achieved their fasting goals will take place on the night of Eid expected to fall on Tuesday June 4th, 2019.  

Zakat al-Fitrah for 2019

With the blessings of Allah (swt) we have been given the opportunity again this year to complete the Holy month of Ramadhan. With this completion we need to help the impoverished and give charity for the happiness of our Creator. Therefore, we should remember that there are people in need and require our help to make it through the year. Zakat al-Fitrah is a special form of obligatory Zakat given at the end of the month of Ramadhan, during the day of Eid.

The estimated minimum value of Zakat al-Fitrah, for 2019 is $10.00 per eligible person (equivalent to 6.6 pounds of a popular food such as rice or wheat (per person).  This 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 4, for example, who also has 2 guests staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr would pay 6 times the Zakat, for a total of $60.00, to account for each family member and guest.

The Zakat may be paid directly to the poor or to IMAN and we will endeavor to deliver to those in need in our midst on your behalf . If you know anyone deserving in need of Zakat al Fitrah that IMAN should contact, please let us know the details via e-mail to imansocialservices@yahoogroups.com or contact Br. Gulam Juma.

For more information on Zakat Al-Fitrah, click here.

Here is our program schedule for the remaining days of this blessed month and the day of Eid ul Fitr.

Date

Time

Program

Friday May 31

  7:30 pm

Recitation of Qur’an in Arabic / Reading of Qur’an in English

  8:30 pm

Open Q & A session with Br. Jawad facilitated by Br. Meenaz

  8.50 pm

Ramadhan Dua and Daily reflection on verses from the Qur’an

  9:13 pm

Salaat ul Maghrebain

  9:33 pm

Iftar Dinner

10:30 pm

Wrap-up

Saturday  Jun 1

Quran

Conference

 5:30 pm

IMAN 1440 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Conference  – Session 1

  7:30 pm

Recitation of Qur’an in Arabic / Reading of Qur’an in English

  8:30 pm

Presentation: 20/20 Lifestyles – Br. Ali Sherrif

  8:50 pm

Ramadhan Dua and Daily reflection on verses from the Qur’an

  9:14 pm

Salaat ul Maghrebain

  9:34 pm

Iftar Dinner

10:30 pm

Wrap-up

Sunday Jun 2

Quran

Conference

 5:30 pm

IMAN 1440 AH Ramadhan Qur’an Conference  – Session 2

  7:30 pm

Recitation of Qur’an in Arabic / Reading of Qur’an in English

  8:30 pm

Ramadhan Duas and Daily reflection on verses from the Qur’an

  9:15 pm

Salaat ul Maghrebain

  9:35 pm

Light Iftar

 9:45 pm

Wrap-up

Monday Jun 3

  7:30 pm

Recitation of Qur’an in Arabic / Reading of Qur’an in English

  8:30 pm

Presentation: Daily Self- Reflection & Meditation – Sr. Asiya Khaki

  8:50 pm

Dua Iftitah and Daily reflection on verses from the Qur’an

  9:16 pm

Salaat ul Maghrebain

  9:29 pm

Light Iftar

 9:45 pm

Wrap-up

Tuesday Jun 4

 

Night of

Eid-ul-Fitr

  7:30 pm

Recitation of Qur’an in Arabic / Reading of Qur’an in English

  8:30 pm

Award Ceremony for Qur’an Conference Participants & Ramadhan Fasting

  9:00 pm

Dua bidding farewell to Ramadhan 1440 AH

  9:16 pm

Salaat ul Maghrebain

  9:29 pm

Light Iftar

  9:45 pm

A’aamal for Night of Eid

10:15 pm

Wrap-up

Wednesday Jun 5

 

Eid-ul-Fitr

9:30 am

Dua Nudba

10:00 am

Takbirat

10:15 am

Salaat ul Eid + Khutbah

11:00 am

Light Refreshments

12:00 Noon

Wrap-up

  1:15 pm

Salaat ul Dhurain

  9:30 pm

Salaat ul Maghrebain

Speaker Bios:

Br. Ali Sherrif  is a long term active member of IMAN and Program Manager  in the Microsoft Azure Networking team. In January of 2017 Ali joined the 20/20 Lifestyles Program at the Pro Club in Bellevue. Over the course of 9 months, while in the program, Ali lost ~ 70 lbs. Br. Ali will provide an overview of the program and the key lessons and strategies learnt from the program which have allowed him to keep the weight off and to lose an additional ~30 lbs.

Sr. Asiya Khaki  views herself a student of life who’s life mission is to help others live longer and healthier lives.  Through her own personal life journey, she experienced suffering and pain and used what she experienced as an opportunity to grown and learn about the vast field of health.  In her effort to heal chronic skin conditions and inflammation, she began understanding what a balance of good nutrition and movement does for the body.  Her curiosity about the mind body connection led her to visit India on three different occasions and study yoga at the Ayur Yoga Eco Ashram, where she received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification.  As a yoga practitioner, she inspires her students through asana, or yoga posture, practice to go beyond the physical body and reprogram the subconscious mind.

Links to earlier presentations:

Daily Reflections

Numbers in the Qu’ran

05-10-2019

Strokes and how 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?

05-23-2019

Planning for our final resting place

05-24-2019

Diversity, Inclusion and Equality

05-27-2019

Laylat ul Qadr

  

IMANews – Ramadhan 1440 AH / May 2019

Highlights:

 

It was in the month of Ramadhan that the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong. So any one of you who is present that month should fast, and anyone who is ill or on a journey should make up for the lost days by fasting on other days later. God wants ease for you, not hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful. [2:185]

 

Ramadhan Crescent Moon Sighting

We have received several reports of the crescent moon being sighted on the evening of Sunday, May 5th, 2019 around the country. Therefore Monday May 6th, 2019 2019 will be 1st of Ramadhan 1440 AH. See Moonsighting visibility map for Ramadhan 1440 A.H. and to learn about basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.

 

Ramadhan Guide

A simple guide to ritual, social and spiritual dimensions of Ramadhan by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi can be found at this link.

 

Important dates this month

Date AH

Date AD

Occasion

10 Ramadhan

May 15

Wafat of Bibi Khadija (A) (Year 3 B.H.)

15 Ramadhan

May 20

Wiladat of Imam Hassan (A) (Year 3 A.H.)

17 Ramadhan

May 22

The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)

Eve 19 Ramadhan

May 23

Shab e Zarbat (Year 40 A.H.)

Laylat -ul-Qadr Night

Eve 21 Ramadhan

May 25

Eve of Shahadat of Imam Ali (A) (Year 40 A.H.)

The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)

Laylat -ul-Qadr Night

21 Ramadhan

May 26

Shahadat of Imam Ali (A) (Year 40 A.H.)

Eve 23 Ramadhan

May 27

 

Ramadhan Programs

Ramadhan programs at IMAN Center will start on Sunday May 5th, 2019 and will follow schedule outlined and described below.

 

Time

Program

7:30 pm

Recitation of Qur’an in Arabic / Reading of Qur’an in English

8:30 pm

Daily Ramadhan Duas OR  Presentation by community members

Maghreb

Salaat ul Maghrebain

Maghreb+20

Light Refreshments

Maghreb+30

Wrap-up and close

 

On Fridays and Saturdays, presentation by various community members will precede the Daily Ramadhan Duas. Recitation of Daily Ramadhan Duas will be curtailed accordingly per time constraints. A full iftar meal will be served after Maghrebain prayers.

On eve of 10th, 19th and 21st, a presentation on Bibi Khadija(A) / Imam Ali (A) will replace the presentation by community members.

On the eve of 19th, 21st, and 23rd of Ramadhan, the daily program will be prolonged to include full iftar meal and A’amaals recommended for the Laylat-ul-Qadr.

Annual IMAN Qur’an Conference has been scheduled for Saturday June 1st and June 2nd. Please click separate announcement for details.

So that the daily programs conclude at a reasonable time during these long days, volunteers and program organizers request your assistance and cooperation to vacate the building quickly and quietly after the program minimizing disturbance to our neighbors and also to enable everyone to reach home at a reasonable time.

Children and Youth Ramadhan Program

Ramadhan is an opportunity to model behavior and lead younger members of our congregation by example.

Every parent is expected to supervise their children under the age of 13 at all times thus ensuring everyone’s safety and comfort as well as to honor the sanctity of the center. Please do cooperate if a volunteer approaches you and request you to be with your child.

Subject to volunteers availability, special children programs may be arranged for Fridays and Saturdays.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Ramadhan is a special time of the year when we seek volunteers. Your giving spirit is a life blood of IMAN!

Please click on Ramadhan Sign Up Form for ways you can volunteer to help this Ramadhan. If you have any questions please contact Sr. Kaniz Khaki or Br Hayatollah Haider or send e-mail to ramadhan@iman-wa.org.

Donate

Ramadhan is also a time we solicit your generous donations to help sustain our year round activities and also to offer a helping hand to those in need in our midst.

Please use Ramadhan Sign Up Form or contact Sr. Kaniz Khaki or send e-mail to ramadhan@iman-wa.org to sponsor a complete iftar dinner.

Please donate generously online: http://www.iman-wa.org/cms/donate OR write a check to IMAN OR make a cash contribution. On-line donation incur bank fees. If you would like to make a contribution electronically directly from your bank account, please e-mail your pledge to treasurer@iman-wa.org and an electronic form will be mailed to you to enable a fee free donation.

Sunday School update

    • May 19, 2019 will be the last day of classes for year 2018-2019.
    • Sr. Mitra Karami from Food Life Line (www.foodlifeline.org) visited the school on April 21, 2019 and it was decided to help this organization and use this as field trip for the year. 10 people including Parents, Student and Teacher participated on Saturday, May 4th to help the Food Life Line organization (Hunger Solution Center) to help the community.
    • 3rd (Clothing and Shoes) Fun Drive is underway and will last until May 5th. Donations will go to Value Village in Redmond.
    • Sr. Mahdie is working with IMAN Programs Committee and other Sunday School teachers to organize a Qur’an conference for children and young adults that will take place towards the end of Ramadhan 1440 AH.
    • May 19, 2019 will be Teacher, TA’s and Staff appreciation Day. We strongly encourage all parents and students be presented on time and stay for all day at school that day.
  • On behalf of Iman Center, Parents, and Community, we thank all the volunteers for their time, their knowledge and their commitment to the students and to the IMAN Sunday School.

 

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 5 families – two of these requests were through Al Mahdi Center, one from IECS and two 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  

Facilities

On April 1, 2019, IMAN entered into a lease agreement with Parking & Transportation Management Services, LLC that allows the lessee to park up to 50 automobiles in the IMAN Parking lot Monday through Friday (except on Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and Ashura) between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  This arrangement will help generate income for IMAN that will be used to help cover our expenses and us improve operations.

 

On April 17, we suffered an electrical outage which required diagnosis by an electrician. It turned out the outage was due to loss of Phase C of the incoming electricity to IMAN that had to be rectified by PSE.

 

I.M.A.M 2019 Qur’an Competition

Please click link for details on Annual I.M.A.M Quran Competition aimed to enhance today’s generation by strengthening their connection to the Holy Quran.

 

Outreach

    • Ramadhan is a great time to invite your neighbor/colleague for Iftar at IMAN. Please send e-mail to ramadhan@iman-wa.org if you would like to bring someone along for the daily Ramadhan program.
  • Planning is underway for July 4th parade participation and interfaith barbeque. We are looking for volunteers to help organize IMAN’s participation and the barbeque. 

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.