IMANews: Safar 1444 AH, Aug-Sep 2022

Updated: Sep 1

As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum / Peace be upon you!

There were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Saturday, August 27th, 2022. Therefore, Monday, August 29th, 2022 is the first day of Safar, 1444 A.H. Day of Arbaeen/Chehelom will be Saturday, September 17h, 2022.

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.

Important Islamic Events this Month:

Safar Sep Occasion

7 Sep 4 Wafat of Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (p), 50 AH

7 Sep 4 Birth of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), 128 AH

17 Sep 14 Wafat of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (p), 203 AH

20 Sep 17 Arbaeen/Chehelom of Imam Hussain (p) & companions (61 A.H.)

28 Sep 25 Wafat of Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa (pbuh&hp) (11 A.H.)

Weekly Thursday programs, and wafat commemoration will take place online.

Wafat majlises for the events above are scheduled for the Thursday closest to the event. Schedules and events details will be posted on the web site.

Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal

Across Pakistan, torrents of floodwater have ripped away mountainsides, swept buildings off their foundations and roared through the countryside, turning whole districts into inland seas. More than 1,100 people have died so far, and more than one million homes have been damaged or destroyed. Lives of tens of millions have been disrupted and impacted.

IMAN Executive Commitee would like to pledge $50,000 to support those affected by this flood of an epic proportion.

We invite community members to donate generously to help bring much needed short-term relief.

Arbaeen Program

Three-day Arbaeen 1444 AH Program at IMAN Center will be held in person and commence on Thursday September 15, 2022, at 7:30 PM.

Given the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, for the safety of all community members, only those in good health and exhibiting no symptoms may attend in person. Masks are highly recommended for all attendees - for your safety and the safety of all around you.

Anyone not feeling well can join our live broadcast instead of attending in person. If you are not sure you are well, then please be safe and join the program from home.

Live broadcast link for the program is

Shaykh Shaykh Abdulrahman Cherri is our guest speaker for Arbaeen. He will discuss: "Making sense of religion in our modern world"

As the world advances in different areas, and as technology is continuously being improved and developed, a newer understanding and Interpretation of the realities of life which fit with these contemporary advancements becomes necessary. How transcendent is religion? And what meaning does it carry within our developed and modern world? Does and will it still have a role in our lives and the lives of the future generations? These are a few issues that will be briefly discussed over the three-night program.

Shaykh Abdulrahman Cherri has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a focus on economics from the University of Michigan. He traveled to Qom and began studying in the Hawza since 2015, and his Hawza studies are still continuing. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Münster in Germany in the department of Islamic Theology.

On Friday September 16, 2022, we look forward to a presentation by Rev. Andy Larsen who has just returned from having attended Ashura commemorations in Karbala Iraq. He will discuss about the importance of lament when confronting injustice and how the examples of Imam Ali A.S and Hussein A.S. are models we can follow.

IMAN Center Repairs

Alhamdulilah rotted wood and roof repairs have been completed.

New light fixtures at rear entrance and staircase have been installed and have received positive feedback from community members.

Painting of IMAN Center exteriors started but has stalled due to sub-contractor issues. We hope the painting to be completed before the Arbaeen.

Supply chain issues are holding up new light fixtures to replace the fixtures that were damaged as well as the two parking pole lights that are inoperational.

Projectors in the middle, south and lower level needs to be replaced as after 14 years they have reached the end of their useful life. South room projection screen and audio/video controls are in need of repairs. Please contact any IMAN office bearer if you have the technical expertise and/or are willing to work with local vendors to identify replacement equipment and help supervise the necessary repairs.

Photos of roof repair work are available here for perusal.

On behalf of all at IMAN, we convey our deepest gratitude to those who have donated generously to help cover the repair expenses and pray for your continued and even more success. We are still short of funds to cover all 2022/2023 expenses and look forward to further generous contributions. Please donate!

Sunday School 2022/2023

IMAN Sunday School registration will open on or before September 1, 2022, and follow the Tarbiyah Curruculum. Classes will cover Islamic Studies, Qur'an, Salaat and Youth sessions for 13+.

All interested students need to be registered before September 11th, 2022.