As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum! Peace be upon you!
Crescent Moon for the Month of Rajab 1443 AH
There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022. Therefore, Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, was the last day of Jumada al-Akhira. Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, will be the first day of the month of Rajab, 1443 A.H.
The month of Rajab is a symbol of the love of God for His creatures, where He invites and encourages them to seek forgiveness, fast, and worship more intensely. In this lies their success through His pleasure.
Imam Zaynul ‘Ābidīn (a) says:
So they remember You for Your kindness
they thank You for Your Blessings
they pray to You by Your command
and they donate for You in order to seek Your increase
In all this lies their deliverance from Your wrath
and their triumph through Your good pleasure
(Al-Sahīfa al-Sajjādiyyah, Du ‘ā 45, Passage 16)
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي
وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
Qur'an 2:186 When My servants question you about Me, tell them that I am near. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls to Me; therefore, let them answer My call and put their trust in Me, that they may be rightly guided.
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:
1 Rajab Feb 3 Wiladat Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), 57 A.H.
2 Rajab Feb 4 Wiladat Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 212 A.H.
3 Rajab Feb 5 Wafat Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 254 A.H.
10 Rajab Feb 12 Wiladat Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (p), 195 A.H.
13 Rajab Feb 15 Wiladat Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (p), 23 B.H.
15 Rajab Feb 17 Wafat Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali (p), 62 A.H.
25 Rajab Feb 27 Wafat Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), 183 A.H.
26 Rajab Feb 28 Wafat Hadhrat Abu Talib (p)
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 Dua Kumail program also takes place in person at the IMAN Center at 8:00 PM each Thursday.
Wiladats and wafats are observed on the Thursday closest to the actual date.
Please refer to http://iman-wa.org for all program schedule details.
IMAN Annual General Meeting
IMAN's 2021 Annual General Meeting (postponed from December 4th) took place on January 15, 2022.
Here is the Annual Report of Activities for 2020-2021 presented at the meeting.
The following people were nominated and accepted the nominations to serve on the Executive Commitee for 2022:
Mohamed Jawad Khaki President and Treasurer
Nurullah Mansoori Vice President
Rahmatullah Faizi (Hamid) Secretary
Nafisa Jassani Committee Member
Syed Ali Haider Committee Member
The above nominations from the AGM were approved at the IMAN Board meeting held on January 23, 2022.
Also, nomination of Syed Ali Haider to serve on the IMAN Board was approved. He fills the position vacated by Syed Ali Mansoor Naqvi whose term expired on December 31, 2021.
As we start 2022, it is time of the year to renew annual membership at IMAN.
Membership dues ($300.00 per annum) help cover operational expenses in the running of IMAN. These expenses include utilities, water, sewer, garbage, insurance, parking lot property taxes, kitchen/bathroom/cleaning supplies, landscaping, cleaning and general repairs and maintenance.
Membership dues can be remitted using a personal check to IMAN, 515 State St S, Kirkland, WA 98033 or using Zelle to email@example.com.
Moving past COVID-19
The end of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be in sight. As most experts suggest, it won’t be the end of the disease, but we are likely to soon move from the pandemic phase to the endemic phase. Hence, we will have to move to a life where we learn to live with the disease, start mentally healing, and returning to our regular activities. Things might never be the same, but the new normal requires us to restart socializing safely and reestablish our religious congregations within regulations and per Public Health Authority guidelines.
Engagement and Active Participation
As members of IMAN, we have been given an opportunity to establish a spiritually vibrant caring sharing community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest – a community that draws its inspiration from our beloved Prophet Muhammad and his blessed Progeny (peace be upon them all).
Our ability to succeed in establishing such a vibrant community depends on the active involvement of more people than the current level of participation. As was the case at the dawn of Islam in Medina, or when Ibrahim A.S. and his family migrated to Mecca, it all starts with building of spiritual strength through the establishment of regular prayer and a communal strength through pursuance of common goals in the development of our families and neighborhoods
وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَارْكَعُوا مَعَ الرَّاكِعِينَ
Qur'an 2:43 And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow.
We also need to recognize that we are living in a dynamic USA that itself is undergoing transformation due to a variety of factors. We are fortunate in that we live in the community that values diversity and inclusion and is looking for community like ours to play a more prominent role in the shaping of our shared future in this beautiful Pacific Northwest.
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
Qur'an 16:125 Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.
We are blessed with an educated and informed base that is resourceful and well positioned to make significant contribution not only in the development of our families but also the broader Muslim and non-Muslim communities and neighborhoods.
There are many opportunities to step up and “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Our programs and activities are devised and run by volunteers. IMAN is a 100% volunteer run organization with no paid staff.
Let us come together and realize our potential – knowing full well that we will be held to account!
ثُمَّ لَتُسْأَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيمِ
Qur'an 102:8 Then you will surely be asked that Day about pleasure
Leaky Roof at IMAN
We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from the leaky roof at IMAN. A professional roofer has been helping us to mitigate the situation until drier warmer weather. Damage caused to the smoke detectors have been repaired. Donation to help repair the leaky roof and water damage are most welcome.
Parent Teacher meeting held via Zoom on January 30, 2022was attended by 28 parents. Write-up of will e-mailed to all parents.
On-line Teacher training for the Tarbiyah Digital Platform is scheduled for February 6, 2022, from 10:30 to 11:30 am via Zoom.
Parent Teacher conference is scheduled for March 2022.
Ramadhan Qur'an Conference planning is underway, and this is a call for volunteers to help organize.
Sunday School Students will celebrate the wiladat of Imam Ali (a.s.) with Art Competition scheduled for February 7th, 2022. See details below:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sr. Sidra Naqvi continues to coordinate meals every other Sunday to the Seattle Tent City. Several spots have been reserved to provide future meals at shelters. If you are interested in helping, please contact Sister Sidra Naqvi (425) 273 1463 or e-mail email@example.com.