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IMANews – Shaban 1439 AH / April 2018

As salaamu alaikum

Crescent moon of the month of Shaban, 1439 A.H. was sighted in the southern regions of the United States during the sunset of Monday, April 16th, 2018. Based on the opinion of Sayyid Sistani regarding Multiplicity of Horizons and the moonsighting curve Tuesday April 17, 2018 is the 1st day of Shaban for us in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Important dates of the month

Date AH
Date AD
Occassion
1 Shaban
April 17
1st day of Shaban
3 Shaban
April 19
Birth Anniversary of Imam Hussain ibn Ali (p), (Year 3 A.H.)
4 Shaban
April 20
Birth Anniversary of Abu Fadl al-Abbas (p), (Year 26 A.H.)
5 Shaban
April 21
Birth Anniversary of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (p), (Year 38 A.H.)
15 Shaban
May 1
Birth Anniversary of Imam al-Mahdi (p), (Year 255 A.H.)

 

Highlights in this update:

Guest speakers this month

Date
Speaker
Topic
April  20th, 2018
Sayyid Haidar Bahar al-Aloom
Director and Strategist at a DC based research and advisory firm
A Community Empowered

 

Administrative Update

We are very encouraged by all those who have registered to become members of IMAN. Our membership has more than doubled over the last year and now stands over 45 families who have completed and submitted their membership request form. Please help us in our endeavor to create a spiritually vibrant, caring sharing community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

We also very much appreciate people who have stepped forward to help. There are still many opportunities to volunteer as we serve the many needs our congregation. See table below:

Programs
Develop and plan daily, weekly, monthly, Muharram and Ramadhan programs
Jawad Khaki, Karim Al Haddad, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi (Young Explorer), Hamed Esfahani (Philosophy), Mohammad Reza Khani
Facilities
Look after IMAN facilities
Hossein Rezaee (Lead), Zehra Naz, Ali Haider, Shaheed Chagani, Gulamabbas Juma, Jawad Khaki, Shakir Kassamally, 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
Shakir Kassamally (Lead), Hamed Esfahani, Samad Faghih, Gulamabbas Juma, Abbas Kazmi, Amer Kuba, Mohsen Vakilian
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 mail to imanec@yahoogroups.com  if you are interested to help in any of the areas listed above where <more help is needed>.
 
Programs
Friday Qur’an study circles started in January 2018 and have so far covered the suras: An-Nas, Al-Falaq, AI-‘Ikhlas, Al-Masad, An-Nasr, Al-Kafirun, Al-Kawthar, Al Ma’un. The study circle will continue working its way to the front of the Qur’an by deliberating on a short sura or a few ayats each week. Feedback from the participants has been very positive and we look forward to more people joining the study circle in the weeks ahead.
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 starts at 8:30 PM with Maghreb and Isha prayer. Friday Jumu’ah prayer program is scheduled for 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the Dhuhr prayer time. Friday evening program starts at 8:30 PM with Maghreb and Isha prayer.
Our guest speaker this month:
  • April 20, 2018:Sayyid Haidar Bahar al-Aloom will be guest speaker as we celebrate the births of of Imam Hussain ibn Ali Imam, Abu Fadl al-Abbas (p), Imam Ali ibn Hussain (p) . He will deliver a presentation entitled “A Community Empowered”. Sayyid Haidar is a Director and Strategist at a DC based research and advisory firm. In addition, he is an Islamic lecturer and educator who focuses on teaching and mentorship, drawing his expertise from over 20 years in community leadership and professional experience in strategic and organizational development. He is an advisor to The Mainstay Foundation, helping the foundation with strategic building, program development, and community partnerships.
 The blessed month of Ramadhan is slightly over 8 weeks away and we need to start planning for programs that will help us grow spiritually and as a community. We invite youth and adults to step forward and help us in this planning exercise. Please send mail to imanprograms@yahoogroups.com or contact Br. Jawad Khaki if you want to help.

 

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. This month so far we have assisted 16 families. 5 of the families are refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. 4 of the families are single mother households, 3 elderly person, 3 families with medical issues and a student lost his night job. Last month we assisted 12 families.
  • There is an opportunity for everyone in our community to support one of the families that the Social Services Committee has been assisting for the last few months with their extenuating circumstances. The mother of this family of 5 had been undergoing cancer treatment for the last several months. Unfortunately she lost her battle with cancer last week. The family has exhausted their savings and needs assistance with covering their funeral expenses. Family friends and community members from other organizations in Seattle area have raised some funds towards this cause. We are appealing to you to help raise the remaining $3200 to cover all funeral expenses. Please support the cause by making a financial contribution either 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 donation.

If you are interested to help please contact imansocialservices@yahoogroups.com.

 
Facilities
  • Thanks to the efforts of Br. Hossein Rezaee and Br. Hussain Biram, Garbage area gate has been repaired. They have also taken a stab at cleaning the stained walls at the IMAN Center.
  • Flower beds on the IMAN landscaping haven been refreshed with beauty bark.
  • Projector in the middle room is defective and is awaiting repairs or replacement. Br. Shaheed Chagani is following up on this.
  • Faucets used for watering the landscape still need repairing. Waiting to be scheduled.
  • Br. Ali Haider has obtained an estimate for security cameras to monitor inside and outside of the IMAN property. Depending on the number of cameras we opt for, this could range between $7.,20500-$12,760.00. We are in the process of obtain additional estimates from other sources as well as exploring options for remote “Lock /Unlock”. Sr. Zehra Naz has completed initial research to procure a federal grant. Br. Nuri Mansoori and Br. Ali Haider will continue working this and welcome any help/expertise on this initiative.
  • Improving signage to replace paper signs with more enduring and aesthetically pleasing signage.
If you have expertise in this area are willing to help, please send mail to imanfacilities@yahoogroups.com.
Outreach
  • We are grateful to Sr. Mateen Rokhsefat for her presentation at the Interfaith Friendship Dinner “Love, Compassion, Courage” on Saturday March 31st, 2018.
  • The next FIRE dinner dialogue is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, 2018, 5-8PM, at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue. Details of the topic are still being worked out, but will likely be “Living With Others in a Multi-Faith and Non-Faith World”, and delve into how faith communities view other faith communities and interact with them. Please save the date, and watch here for more information!
  • Everyone at IMAN is invited to attend The 38th Annual Clergy Institute presentation on “The Biology of Good and Evil: The Science Behind Behavior” by Dr. Robert Sapolsky. Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic & PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Dr. Sapolsky and his research on the subject. The humor and humanity he brings to sometimes-sobering subject matter make Dr. Sapolsky a fascinating speaker. He lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious belief, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression, and Alzheimer’s disease. Please register online by May 7th at: http://templedehirschsinai.org/clergyinstitute/
  • Are you interested in learning about an inclusive community dialogue model that can help bring people together? City of Kirkland is offering free training on How to Host and Facilitate KirklandTalks Community Dialogues. This training is free to Kirkland residents and those whose organizations, faith communities, groups, and businesses serve Kirkland residents. If you’re interested in learning how to host and facilitate inclusive dialogues in Kirkland, you’re invited to participate. Register here: www.kirklandtalks.eventbrite.com
  • Br. Jawad Khaki continues to participate in The City of Kirkland’s Inclusion Network (IN) community dialogue pilot project as part of Kirkland’s Welcoming City initiative. IN is a group of community leaders working with the City to create opportunities to make Kirkland an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. We are looking for more people who can participate in this important activity. Next set of meetings have been scheduled for May, July and September. Please contact Br. Jawad is you are interested in attending.

IMANews – Rajab 1439 AH / March 2018

As salaamu alaikum

There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, in any region of North America. Therefore, Sunday, March 18th, 2018 was the last day of Jumadi al-Akhirah and Monday, March 19th, 2018 is the first day of the month of Rajab, 1439 A.H. for us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Rajab marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid ul Fitr. These three months (Rajab, Shabaan and Ramadhan) are unmatched in their importance. Praise be to the Almighty and thanks to Him for granting us yet another opportunity to repent, to cleanse ourselves of our sins and to develop/reform ourselves.

 

Important dates of the month

Date AH
Date AD
Occassion
1 Rajab
March 19
Birth of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (A.S.), 57 A.H.
2 Rajab
March 20
Birth of Imam Ali al-Hadi (A.S.), 212 A.H.
3 Rajab
March 21
Martyrdom of Imam Ali al-Hadi (A.S.),254 A.H.
10 Rajab
March 28
Birth of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (A.S.), 195 A.H.
13 Rajab
March 31
Birth of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.), 23 B.H.
15 Rajab
April 2
Death of Sayyida Zainab bint Ali (A.S,), 65 A.H.
25 Rajab
April 12
Martyrdom of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (A.S.), 183 A.H.
27 Rajab
April 14
Day of Mabath, 13 B.H.

 

Highlights in this update:

Guest speakers this month

Date
Speaker
Topic
March 31st, 2018
Maulana Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi
Resident Alim at Fatimia Community Services Society of BC.
Drawing inspiration from Imam Ali (A.S.) – Nurturing communities of service

 

Administrative Update

We are very encouraged by all those who have registered to become members of IMAN. Our membership has more than doubled over the last year and now stands over 45 families who have completed and submitted their membership request form. We encourage everyone to help us in our endeavor to create a spiritually vibrant, caring sharing community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

We also very much appreciate people who have stepped forward to help. There are still many opportunities to volunteer as we serve the many needs our congregation. See table below:

Programs
Develop and plan daily, weekly, monthly, Muharram and Ramadhan programs
Jawad Khaki, Karim Al Haddad, Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi (Young Explorer), Hamed Esfahani (Philosophy), Mohammad Reza Khani
Facilities
Look after IMAN facilities
Hossein Rezaee (Lead), Zehra Naz, Ali Haider, Shaheed Chagani, Gulamabbas Juma, Jawad Khaki, Shakir Kassamally, 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
Shaki Kassamally (Lead), Hamed Esfahani, Samad Faghih, Gulamabbas Juma, Abbas Kazmi, Amer Kuba, Mohsen Vakilian
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, <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 mail to imanec@yahoogroups.com  if you are interested to help in any of the areas listed above where <more help is needed>.
 
Programs
Friday Qur’an study circles started in January 2018 and have so far covered the suras: An-Nas, Al-Falaq, AI-‘Ikhlas, Al-Masad, An-Nasr. The study circle will continue working its way to the front of the Qur’an by deliberating on a short sura or a few ayats each week. Feedback from the participants has been very positive and we look forward to more people joining the study circle in the weeks ahead.
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 starts at 8:00 PM with Isha prayer. Friday Jumu’ah prayer program is scheduled for 15th minute mark that coincides with or that follows the Dhuhr prayer time. Friday evening program starts at 8:00 PM with Isha prayer. IMAN Young Explorers will meet at 7:00 PM.
Our guest speaker this month:
  • March 31, 2018: Maulana Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi, Resident Alim at Fatima Community Services Society of BC, will be guest speaker on the occasion of the birth of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.). He will deliver a presentation entitled “Drawing inspiration from Imam Ali (A.S.) – Nurturing communities of service”. 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.
 The blessed month of Ramadhan is slightly over 8 weeks away and we need to start planning for programs that will help us grow spiritually and as a community. We invite youth and adults to step forward and help us in this planning exercise. Please send mail to imanprograms@yahoogroups.com or contact Br. Jawad Khaki if you want to help.
Young Explorers
The inaugural session for Young Explorers started December 1st, 2017. We had 3 clubs under it for Art, Debate and Robotics, conducted by members from our community who are experts in the fields, and like to teach children. There were 15+ kids that met every week on Fridays, working on projects such as sketching and glass painting, debating and presenting, Raspberry Pi robots and Google AIY Voice kit. On Friday March 9th we concluded the first session of Young Explorers, and we will start the next session after a short break for our teachers.
Sunday School
  • Annual Teacher/Parent conference was held on February 25, 2018 with 60% participation. Thanks to all the parents who attended this conference.
  • New class management software where parents can receive real time progress/feedback regarding their student(s) in class is being evaluated. Hopefully this can be launched for the next academic year, pending teacher evaluations.
  • New NASIMCO Islamic Studies Curriculum is being evaluated for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Anyone interested in teaching at the IMAN Sunday School for the 2018-2019 school year, to contact Br. Ali Dadvar by May 2018.
  • Annual Art Exhibition is coming up on April 1st, 2018. All submissions are due by March 25, 2018 to IMAN school. Please contact Sr. Maheen Fallah, Parent Liaison, for further information.
  • 3rd parent meeting is scheduled for March 25 from 11 to 11:45 AM. We request all school parents to attend this meeting.
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. This month so far we have assisted 12 families. 7 of the families are refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. 5 of the families are single mother households, an elderly person and a student lost his night job. Last month we assisted 13 families.
  • Our partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church (that started in June 2017) continues 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. Br Abbas Kazmi is looking for at least 8 volunteers for the community dinner scheduled for March 31, 2018.
  • We would like to start a Ramadhan drive to provide extra support for families in need. We are seeking funds to procure and deliver rice, oil and halal meat so families in need can have an enjoyable Ramadhan. Please support the cause by making a financial contribution (e.g., kafara) either 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 donation. In addition to financial contributions, we are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the Ramadhan drive.

If you are interested to help please contact imansocialservices@yahoogroups.com.

 
Facilities
  • Projector in the middle room is defective and is awaiting repairs or replacement. Br. Shaheed Chagani is following up on this.
  • Faucets used for watering the landscape still need repairing. Waiting to be scheduled.
  • Br. Ali Haider has obtained an estimate for security cameras to monitor inside and outside of the IMAN property. Depending on the number of cameras we opt for, this could range between $7.,20500-$12,760.00. We are in the process of obtain additional estimates from other sources as well as exploring options for remote “Lock /Unlock”. Sr. Zehra Naz has completed initial research to procure a federal grant. Br. Nuri Mansoori and Br. Ali Haider will continue working this and welcome any help/expertise on this initiative.
  • There are several little projects that need attention:
    • Improving signage to replace paper signs with more enduring and aesthetically pleasing signage
    • Fix the garbage area gate
    • Interior painting of walls to freshen up worn down areas?
If you have expertise in this area are willing to help, please send mail to imanfacilities@yahoogroups.com.
Outreach
  • Br. Jawad Khaki continues to participate in The City of Kirkland’s Inclusion Network (IN) community dialogue pilot project as part of Kirkland’s Welcoming City initiative. IN is a group of community leaders working with the City to create opportunities to make Kirkland an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. We are looking for more people who can participate in this important activity. Next set of meetings have been scheduled for May, July and September. Please contact Br. Jawad is you are interested in attending.
  • Everyone at IMAN is invited to attend Interfaith Friendship Dinner “Love, Compassion, Courage” 5:00-7:30 PM on Saturday March 31st, 2018 scheduled at Muslim Associations of Puget Sound 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond, WA 98052. Please register your party and child care needs in advance at mapsredmond.org.
  • The next FIRE dinner dialogue is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, 2018, 5-8PM, at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue. Details of the topic are still being worked out, but will likely be “Living With Others in a Multi-Faith and Non-Faith World”, and delve into how faith communities view other faith communities and interact with them. Please save the date, and watch here for more information!
  • Temple Beth Am warmly welcomes their Muslim neighbors for an evening of interfaith community building on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98115 . Mimouna is a centuries old celebration where Jews and Muslims in certain parts of the world have marked the end of Passover. Vegetarian/Halal/Kosher-style snacks and sweets will be served. This event is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle free, family-friendly, and open to everyone.

IMANews – February 2018 / Jamadi ul Thani 1439 AH

As salaamu alaikum

Crescent moon marking the commencement of Jamadi ul Thani was sighted on on Friday February 16, 2018 thus making Saturday February 17, 2018 as the first of Jamadi ul thani 1439 AH.

Jamadi ul thani is when we commemorate the wafat and birthday of  Hazrat Fatima (AS). In the words of Dr. Ali Shariati, “Fatima is the source of the inspiration for freedom, the seekers of justice, the resisters of oppression, cruelty, crime and discrimination. Fatima is the woman that Islam wants a woman to be. She is a symbol in all the various dimensions of being a woman. The symbol of a daughter when facing her father. The symbol of a wife when facing her husband.  The symbol of a mother when facing her children. The symbol of a responsible, fighting woman when facing her time and the fate of her society.”

Highlights in this update:

Guest speakers this month

Date
Speaker
Topic
March 2nd, 2018
Shahzad Bhatti, CEO of Axiom Learning
Dr. J. Aisha Simon, Chief Academic Officer of Axiom Learning,
Navigating Admissions to America’s Top Universities
March 9th, 2018
Troy Reicherter, founder of the Seattle Peace Project and history teacher
Meaningful Spiritual Interaction Dialogue Circle
March 16th, 2018
Jalal Moughania, attorney, researcher, writer, and lecturer on Muslim-American identity, civic society, and Islamic thought.
Birthday of Hazrat Fatima (SA).
”Why we all need to get involved establishing thriving Muslim institutions in North America”.

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