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IMANews: Jumādá al-ūlá 1445 AH / November /December 2023

As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum / Peace be upon you!

Crescent Moon Jumādá al-ūlá 1445 AH

There were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, November 14th, 2023, in some locations within the southwestern United States. Therefore, Wednesday, November 15th will be the first day of the month of Jumada al-Ula, 1445 A.H.

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

Important Islamic Events this Month:

Jumādá al-ūlá Nov Occasion

5 19 Wiladat of Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali(p), 5. A.H.

13 27 Wafat of Sayyida Fatimah al-Zahra (p), 11 A.H.

(According to the second narration)

Daily Dhur and Maghreb and Friday congregational prayers are being held in person at the IMAN Center. Congregational Prayer Timings are published on the IMAN home page.

Weekly Qur'an circle and Dua Kumail program also takes place in person at the IMAN Center at 7:00 PM each Thursday.

Wiladats and wafats are observed on the Thursday closest to the actual date and conducted online in a virtual setting.

Please refer to for schedule details of the Thursday program.

We ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p) as we also pray to God, the Most Merciful, to bring a swift end to the current pandemic and grant a quick recovery to all those afflicted.

Solidarity for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine

We are heartbroken and horrified by the escalated violence and bloodshed in Israel/Palestine.

As people of faith and conscience, we deeply value life, and are appalled by the significant loss of human life. We condemn all targeting and killing of civilians. We must prevent more devastation.

Quran recognizes that killing one life is like killing all of humanity, and saving one life is like saving all of humanity (Quran 5:32).

مَن قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا

Our hearts grieve for the loss of humanity right now, and we will strive – through the world’s brokenness – to find hope and save all of humanity by saving even one life.

Accordingly, we reject the efforts to add further fuel to the fire of violence and vengeance through reactionary rhetoric or revenge-seeking actions.

Our hearts recognize the tragedy, trauma and terror experienced by all peoples in and connected to the region. We are committed to “holding the whole” and feeling the pain of those who are currently suffering, oppressed, grieving, heartbroken, and/or terrified.

In the face of deepening polarization, we choose the side of peace and justice. We recognize the horror experienced by all right now, and we uplift the humanity of all peoples in the region.

We call on all people of conscience to use their influence and position to facilitate de-escalation in the region.

We call for an immediate ceasefire; the safe return of the hostages and unjustly held prisoners and the safe return of those displaced from their homes.

In addition, we condemn any kind of hate bigotry and violence that may result, as we have tragically seen with the brutal stabbing that killed 6-year-old Palestinian-American Wadea Al-Fayoume in Illinois.

We call upon elected officials, corporate leaders, and school administrators in Washington state to be a voice for safety and calm, and to provide support to all those impacted during this devastating crisis, especially the children.

Together, we envision a world of peace and justice in Israel/Palestine, an area that is sacred to people of all three Abrahamic faith traditions. A world that embraces and delivers safety and security, freedom and liberation to everyone who inhabits the land, which necessarily requires an end to the decades-long military occupation. We look forward to the day when our beloved Israeli and Palestinian children alike will be able to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness together.

In the powerful words of James Baldwin, “the children are always ours, every single one of them, all over the globe; and I am beginning to suspect that whoever is incapable of recognizing this may be incapable of morality.”

Kirkland Comprehensive Plan Update

We regret to inform that due to low registration, the Kirkland Comprehensive Plan event was cancelled. However, City of Kirkland staff would still like to hear from community members. You can submit comments through this online form:

Here are some questions you can consider in your comments:

  • What would you like to see more of in the City? (for example, improved sidewalks, parks, businesses that provide services)

  • Which areas of the City are hard for you to navigate while walking, driving, biking and why?

  • What kinds of housing is most needed in Kirkland?

  • What are the most pressing concerns you and your family are facing economically? (for example, job security/opportunities, housing affordability, career/educational advancement, access to affordable childcare)

  • What would help you to retrofit your home, or do things such as install a heat pump or install solar panels on your home? (for example, recommendations for contractors, city website with information)

Also, the City would appreciate if you could take the Housing & Human Services survey ( and, if you are a business owner, please take the Economic Development survey (

Community Dinners

During these times, it is increasingly difficult for many to have basic needs met, and the monthly dinners IMAN hosts with St. John’s are our chance to contribute to serving these individuals.

Those interested to help organize future monthly community dinners, please contact Br. Abbas Kazmi or send mail to

Supporting those in need

Sister Sidra has reserved several spots to provide meals to the needy at homeless shelters. If you are interested in helping, please contact Sister Sidra Naqvi (425) 273 1463 or e-mail


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