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IMANews: Rajab 1445 AH, Jan-Feb 2024

As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum! Peace be upon you!

Crescent Moon for the Month of Rajab 1445 AH

Based on verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Friday, January 12th, 2024, in many locations across the USA Saturday, January 13th, 2024, will be the first day of the month of Rajab, 1445 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 Jan 13 Wiladat Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), 57 A.H.

3 Rajab Jan 15 Wafat Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 254 A.H.

10 Rajab Jan 22 Wiladat Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (p), 195 A.H.

13 Rajab Jan 25 Wiladat Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (p), 23 B.H.

15 Rajab Jan 27 Wafat Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali (p), 62 A.H.

25 Rajab Feb 6 Wafat Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), 183 A.H.

26 Rajab Feb 7 Wafat Hadhrat Abu Talib (p)

27 Rajab Feb 8 Day of Mab’ath, Meraj 13 B.H.

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 is scheduled for every Thursday at 7:00 PM.

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.

Any additional programs will be posted under ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS on the IMAN home page.

Please refer to for all program schedule details.

Engagement and Active Participation

IMAN members have an opportunity to build a strong 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 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 live in a dynamic USA that is undergoing transformation due to a variety of factors.

We are in a community that values diversity, inclusion and invites us to play a more prominent role in the shaping of our shared future in this beautiful part of the world.

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 to:

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Our activities, for adults and youth, need increased participation and volunteer capacity. IMAN is a 100% volunteer run organization. All sub-committees can benefit from fresh ideas and new talent. Those interested to volunteer to serve in any of the committees are requested to e-mail

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

Sunday School

WiFi network at IMAN has been improved to provide better coverage for Sunday school use with the purchase of additional equipment. Thanks to Br. Muntadher Alghanim for his dedication and effort towards this project.

Submissions for the annual Imam Ali Art competition are due on or before January 28th, 2024. Submittal form has been sent to all the students and parents.

More teachers and volunteers are needed this school year and beyond. Please contact the Sunday School Sub-committee if you are interested.

Social Services

Monthly community dinners IMAN hosts with St. John’s is a great opportunity to serve. Those interested to help, please contact Br. Abbas Kazmi or send mail to

Sr. Sidra Naqvi has reserved 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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