As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum / Peace be upon you!
Crescent Moon Dhu al-Hijjah 1442 AH
Based on verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Saturday July 10th, 2021 in several parts of the United States, Sunday July 11th, 2021 is the first day of the month of Dhu al Hijjah 1442 AH for us in the Greater Seattle area.
We ask God, the Most Merciful, to bring a swift end to the current pandemic and grant a quick recovery to all those afflicted.
And as always, we ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (A).
Important Islamic Events this Month:
Dhu al-Hijjah Jul/Aug Occasion
7 Jul 17 Wafat of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), (Year 114 A.H.)
8 Jul 18 Imam Hussain (p) left Mecca for Iraq (Year 60 A.H.)
10 Jul 20 Eid al-Adha
15 Jul 25 Wiladat of Imam Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi (p) (Year 212 A.H.)
18 Jul 28 Eid al-Ghadir
24 Aug 3 Eid al-Mubahila
Daily prayers remain suspended during COVID-19 lock-down.
Alhamdulillah given the progress made on COVID-19 vaccinations, we are pleased to announce the resumption of Weekly Friday (Jumu'ah) Prayer starting June 25, 2021. Please click this link for details on how to register: Jumu'ah Prayer
Weekly Thursday programs, wiladat celebrations and wafat commemorations will take place online. Schedules and events details are posted on the IMAN Web site.
Eid al-Adha prayer service will also be conducted in person at the IMAN Center inshallah on Tuesday July 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM. Refreshments will be provided after the prayer service. Details on how to register will follow later this week.
Lend and Arm, Save a Life
We are requesting IMAN members to set up blood drive appointments in August at the North Kirkland Community Center using this link: Book a Donation Appointment.
Those who are 16 & 17 years old must bring a Signed Parent Permission Slip
Did you know that 6.6% of the population has O- blood type? This is the universal blood type that can be transfused to any patient.
Bloodworks Northwest needs O- donors, and donors with every other blood type!
Be one of the one thousand donors that is needed each day to ensure our local hospitals have the blood inventory they need to serve patients.
Bloodworks Northwest's fleet of bloodmobiles remains grounded as they are too compact and can’t provide any social distance space. It is not clear when they might come back into service, so for now they are not able to send one out to the IMAN Center. In addition, for the past 15 months, they have needed to move away from their traditional 1-day mobile blood drives at various host locations. Instead, they are relying on a pop up model for the mobile blood drives. In partnership with a host location, they set up blood drives at various sites, and host 2-4 blood donation days in a single week. They leave most equipment on site overnight at these locations. The goal has been to serve 35-60 donors per day at these sites. The City of Kirkland has offered use of the North Kirkland Community Center August 30th and 31st.
All donations are by appointment only. No walk ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted on site. When you arrive, share the code IMAN so that our impact can be counted! Please check in with photo ID, and all donors are required to wear face masks.
Here is a message from one of the people who has benefitted from blood donations:
“Thank you for giving the blood donation that was used to care for me today. Because of your kindness and generosity I have a chance to feel better and fight cancer.”
Alhamdulillah communities across United States and especially locally here in the Washington state continue to make good progress on COVID-19 Vaccination.
COVID 19 vaccines are effective. They can keep one from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe. COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades. COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. COVID-19 vaccines have received and continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic. You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
We are assessing vaccination interest/need among people who will be attending Eid al Adha prayer and other programs at IMAN in an effort to make it even easier for those who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccination to receive their vaccine shot(s). Please send us e-mail at email@example.com to let us know if:
1. Would you and members of your household be interested in getting vaccinated if arrangements can me made at IMAN Center in Kirkland?
2. How many people in your household would be interested in getting vaccinated?
3. Your vaccine preference? (Pfizer; Moderna; J&J/Janssen)