Religious Services – An Overview
Religious Commemoration & Congregational Prayer Services
This function supports our community in North America in their pursuit of a vibrant and meaningful personal and social life, by facilitating Islamic practice. Whenever a Scholar is needed to conduct prayer or commemoration services on special occasions such as Eid, or serve as a substitute for when a local resident scholar is away, I.M.A.M. facilitates these services by connecting local centers to a national network of scholars. To request religious commemoration and or congregational prayer services, click here.
Have a question on Islamic Practical Laws (jurisprudence questions)? I.M.A.M.’s team of knowledgeable scholars are here to help and are authorized to answer your questions based on the rulings of the religious authority. With new questions being added regularly to our growing database, click here to search for an existing answer to a religious question. If you are not able to find an answer to your question, you can submit a new question by clicking here.
Letters to Communicate Religious Practice
There are various social circumstances, which may require a formal letter explaining our religious practices that either allow or prohibit certain activities, that occur at work, school, or university. In these cases, these letters provided by I.M.A.M. are intended to assist the community in circumstances where intercession from the Religious Authority may become helpful. These letters of communication are available in our online resources section above, and may be accessed by clicking here.
Religious Counseling Services
Our scholars and staff are available for counseling, either in informal conversations or in more formal sessions, regarding all personal, spiritual, khums, and social concerns. All conversations would be based on the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality. To request religious counseling services, click here.
Marriage & Family Counseling Services
I.M.A.M. has been offering marriage counseling nationwide, locally and internationally, for interested or struggling couples. Many individuals and local resident scholars throughout the U.S. and Canada contact I.M.A.M. to receive help with their specific situations. Often times, these cases involve miscommunication, lack of understanding of each individual’s role, and, sadly, even abuse. In most cases reconciliation between couples is reached. Aside from marriage counseling, I.M.A.M. also offers counseling for families. A strong family is an integral part of a person’s life and I.M.A.M.’s scholars are here to provide strong moral support to families in need of spiritual guidance. To request marriage & family counseling services, click here.
Islamic Marriage Forms
For those seeking to become married according to Islamic law, I.M.A.M. is pleased to be able to provide resources to apply for Islamic Marriage as well as official Marriage Contracts. The terms of these resources were formulated according to Islamic law by the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America and are available in Arabic and the English language. To apply for an Islamic Marriage or obtain an official Marriage Contract, click here.
Islamic Divorce Forms
In most cases reconciliation between couples is achievable when it comes to partners seeking separation. However, in some unfortunate cases, I.M.A.M. has had to carry out the Islamic divorce process, where cases are processed through a Divorce Committee which is authorized to conduct a divorce based on authority of the Jurist. Divorce applications may be found here.
Islamic Will – Form
If one of you facing death can leave a legacy, he should bequeath it to his parents and relatives, according to the law. This is the duty of the pious. [The Holy Quran, 2:180]
Having one’s affairs in order is a religious responsibility and brings peace of mind to the testator and their family. Making a will is a commendable act (mustahab) and is widely believed to prolong life. Conversely, leaving out the making of a will is detestable (makrouh) and not a good practice. Death is something we must all plan for as it is an inevitable part of life.
In 2010, the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America issued a concise form to be used by believers in preparing their will, particularly in matters of Islamic responsibilities (i.e. kaffarah, fasting, and so forth). This document is included in the online resources above and may also be found here.