The Big Oak Table in the Middle

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Guest post by Moazzam Ahmed, Master’s in Organizational Leadership, you can visit his website at TeamsThatDo.  Meetings are held to make decisions, create action plans and get things done. But can I show you how you can make your meetings more productive over the long run by re-structuring the seating and the big oak table in the middle? A table … Read More

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Guest Post: Being Intentional

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Guest post by Zuhair Shaath. Zuhair graduated from George Mason University with a B.A in Religious Studies. He is currently completing his Imam and Community Leadership Graduate Certificate from Hartford Seminary. He resides in sunny California where he works as a Programs Manager and Assistant Imam. He has a decades worth of work with youth, and currently helps consult with … Read More

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Can We Afford to Wait For the Next Crisis?

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By Ibrahim Sherman, President and partner of Balanced Leadership Institute; a consulting firm specializing in supporting Muslim nonprofits in matters of organizational development, leadership, and financial management. Our community responds to crisis.  After 9/11 we all began to communicate to the media, but since there was no communication plans and programs they soon diminished as the crisis passed.  After the documentary “Unmosqued” came out there … Read More

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5 Ways to Tell If Your Mosque is Successful or Just Growing

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By Maher Budeir, a partner at Balance Leadership Institute, a firm committed to helping nonprofit reach their potential. You can visit their website at masjidboard.com. The American Muslim Community is making a shift and is generally moving towards professionalizing the operation of our institutions. More and more, I am hearing the right questions being asked about the desire to run things better and to operate masjid finances, facilities and … Read More

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The Growing Shift between Mosques and Imams

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Guest post by Mobeen Vaid As Omar Usman recently chronicled, the phenomenon of popular community leaders electing to step down from prominent posts has become a common affair as of late. Though resignations by said individuals are generally worded in polite and delicate terms, the aftermath tends to give way to more critical discussion that takes aim at the problems … Read More

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The crisis of imams in America 3: The resurrection of Dhul-Qarnayn

Cross posted from Mohamed Abdul-Azeez on Medium.  Dhul-Qarnayn: an extraordinary historical figure mentioned in the Quran and alluded to in other scriptures; a just leader who travelled across the land to liberate, assist and serve. His name literally means “the man of two epochs” in reference to the generations of people he impacted and his legacy that endures. According to … Read More

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The Crisis of Imams in America Part 2: The Un-Mosqueing of America’s Imams

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This is a crosspost from Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez and originally appeared on Medium.  Arabs have a popular proverb that goes as follows: “If your friend is made of food, don’t eat him completely.” The proverb refers to the normal human tendency to inadvertently take advantage of people who are willing to make sacrifices for us. The problem is that if … Read More

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Why Getting Volunteers For The Masjid is a Vision Problem

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Guest Post by Siraaj Muhammad Volunteers tend to flock to quality initiatives that have been established and successful, and the role the volunteer plays is clear (and desired). And likely overlaps with “their” cause or interests – for some, that’s a soup kitchen, for others, it’s spreading religious knowledge, and still others, it’s youth programs. Part of the problem is … Read More

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Systems Thinking and the Future of American Mosques

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Guest post by Wadud Hasan – From a young age, Wadud has traveled to communities across the US for programs, seminars, conferences, and had been a key leader during the launch of several Mosques and full time schools in the North Dallas area (by His enabling grace). He is currently completing his graduate studies in Leadership and Organizational Performance at the … Read More

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Donating Jobs Instead of Money?

Originally Posted by RadTalks Charity? No Thanks! Our community is full of business owners. Instead of asking them to donate to the poor, why not ask them to provide guaranteed jobs to them instead? By working for their money, the poor gain skills and experience that can lead to a proper career, helping them become self-sufficient contributors to society. Do … Read More

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