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IMANews: Safar 1444 AH, Aug-Sep 2022

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

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.

Registration after September 11th, 2022 will be on a case-by-case basis depending on class size.

Sunday School Orientation is scheduled for 10:30 AM on September 11th, 2022.

First session for the new school year will be on Sunday September 25th at 10:30 AM.

Sunday School Committee is signing-up Volunteer Teachers, TA’s and helpers to organize the classes and weekly sessions. Please e-mail if you can help.

Teacher and TA training for Tarbiyah Curriculum through MCE is underway.

A survey to collect parental feedback and Quran Teaching Methods is also in progress.

School zone safety cameras

The City of Kirkland conducted a school zone photo enforcement pilot program to reduce speeding in school zones before and after school, beginning in September 2019. According to the National Safety Council, speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2020, killing an average of over 30 people per day. The pilot program was conducted in two school zones: John Muir Elementary/Kamiakin Middle School and Rose Hill Elementary. The pilot was successful in lowering the percentage of cars traveling over the posted speed limit.

The City Council approved expanding the program in 2022. There are two locations being added to the program for the 2022-2023 school year: Lakeview Elementary and the Finn Hill school zone along 84th Avenue NE, which covers Carl Sandberg Elementary, Finn Hill Middle School and Henry David Thoreau Elementary School. These school zones were selected due to the percentage of vehicles traveling 26 MPH and over. Additionally, the traffic volumes in these areas were the two highest of the studied school zones.

To increase compliance with the 20 MPH speed limit to encourage more children and parents to walk and bike to and from school, School zone safety cameras will be installed westbound on NE 68th Street, and one camera will be installed southbound on State Street at 7th Avenue South. The Lakeview Elementary school zone had the highest volume of vehicles during the count and the highest percentage of vehicles traveling faster than 26 MPH, at 33% of vehicles.

Read here for further details.

Blood Drive Supporters

Your help is needed in a BIG way! The community blood supply is currently in a very critical state, as illustrated in the graph below.

The gift of an hour of your time and a pint of blood will ensure that our area hospitals have the blood they need to serve all of their patients. Donors aged 16 and older can participate at any of the Kirkland blood drives listed below. Parent Permission Slip Needed for 16-17 year old donors

Pop Up @ Keller Williams Eastside Realty Pop Up @ Holy Family Parish

11109 Slater Ave NE, 98033 7045-120th Ave NE, 98033

Wednesday-Friday, September 14-16 Wednesday, September 7th

Pop Up @ North Kirkland Community Center 12421-103rd Ave NE, 98034 Monday-Wednesday, August 29-31 Book Donation at City of Kirkland

Need a different option? Find a Donation Location and book your lifesaving appointment! Appointments and masks are required at all Bloodworks donation sites and no guests under the age of 16 are permitted onsite. There is no waiting period to donate blood if you have recently received a COVID vaccine.

For more information, please visit:

Community Dinner September 2022

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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