Getting to Know our Muslim Neighbors | IMAN Center

Exploring the role of women in Islam

The public is invited to get to know their Muslim neighbors and to learn about the role of women in Islam on January 9, 2010, at Kirkland’s IMAN Center, located at 515 State St., Kirkland, WA.  The event, sponsored by the Kirkland-Redmond Branch of the American Association of University Women, will begin at 9:30 with refreshments, social time and tours of the IMAN Center.  At 10am there will be a panel presentation moderated by Carolyn Hayek, a retired judge and former Washington State President of AAUW.  Panelists will include Jawad Khaki, Kristen Jawad and Sanaa Joy Carey, Ph.D.  Khaki serves as President of the organization and is one of the founding Directors of IMAN (Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest).   Kristen Jawad is a member on the Executive Committee. Sanaa Joy Carey is a psychologist.

Following the panel presentation, which will include an opportunity for questions from the audience, there will be a second opportunity for tours, with the entire event ending at noon.  Attendees are requested to comply with the customary dress code, which involves conservative clothing, removal of shoes, and headscarves for women.

Jawad Khaki, a native of Tanzania, has been an active community worker since the age of 13, serving in volunteer capacities in community organizations in Tanzania, Pakistan, United Kingdom, and now in the Greater Seattle area with IMAN.   Having begun work at Microsoft in 1989, Khaki served as a corporate vice president until 2009, where he managed groups of engineers and business leaders working on Windows platforms.

Kristen Jawad is a parent, cultural worker and educator who serves on the Executive Committee of IMAN Center.  An Oregon native, she has been an active contributing member at IMAN since moving to the Seattle area in 1999 and also participates with several non-profit organizations. She is passionate about supporting the unique needs of youth and families. Her focus is on creating life-serving activities that nurture emotional, creative and interpersonal growth. She is currently pursuing a M.Ed. and homeschooling her two sons.

Sanaa Joy Carey, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist with a private practice in Bellevue.  She emphasizes the spiritual and moral dimensions of mental and physical health, and serves as a spiritual guide for people from several faith traditions.  She has studied Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity in depth, and has been a practicing Muslim for 20 years.  For the past 13 years, she has received intensive instruction in Islamic teachings and practices from her teacher, a Qur’anic scholar and Sufi Master.

AAUW is a national organization, founded in 1881, which advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  The Kirkland-Redmond Branch of AAUW, the sponsor of this event, is known for its Expanding Your Horizons math-science workshops for girls, its book study groups, its high school recognition program for girls excelling in math and science, its award of local scholarships and community grants, as well as monthly program meetings on compelling topics.

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in AAUW on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Further information about the IMAN Center is available at:  Further information about AAUW is available at: or phone (425) 822-2794.