Checklist: 20 Things To Know Before Starting Dawah Work

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If you’re thinking of joining an Islamic Organization – or if you’ve just joined one – keep these points in mind. 1. You are the most important part of the organization you’re about to join. People are the lifeblood of dawah. 2. You are totally and completely replaceable. And probably with someone better. You are not Allah’s gift to your … Read More

Imran HaqChecklist: 20 Things To Know Before Starting Dawah Work

Anatomy of a Masjid Announcement

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15 minutes. It took me 15 minutes to plan my last 3 minute announcement. First I had to list everything, then hold an NCAA style elimination to see which announcements made the cut and which ones would have to try again tomorrow. Then I had to strategize – should they be thematic? Should I go list style? Overkill? Maybe. But … Read More

Imran HaqAnatomy of a Masjid Announcement

Whitepaper: Leveraging Social Enterprise to Generate Alternate Revenue for Mosques

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Click here to download this article in PDF format. Leveraging Social Enterprise to Generate Alternate Revenue for Mosques Introduction As Islamic Organizations have grown and evolved in the North American context, since their establishment almost 100 years ago, the current scope of work is radically different than it was when the organizations were first established.  Where the primary function used to … Read More

Imran HaqWhitepaper: Leveraging Social Enterprise to Generate Alternate Revenue for Mosques

Striving for Clarity

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Have you ever been in one of those situations — as you’re plugging away on an MSA initiative, trying to organize a two day event at a masjid, or working on the details of a fundraiser — where all of a sudden, you find your email inbox expanding faster than the size of the universe.  Where every single meeting goes … Read More

Imran HaqStriving for Clarity

Quickreads: Working Smarter equals Working Harder

In order to better our productivity, better the quality of our work, or advance our self development, we often spend a lot of time looking, searching and studying to find the best strategy to do so.  We pour over internet articles to help us find the best way to accomplish the task at hand.  Everything from scouring the blogs of … Read More

Imran HaqQuickreads: Working Smarter equals Working Harder

Quickreads: How do you look at your work?

Do you find yourself working away, always feeling busy, but rarely feeling accomplished?  Change your perspective from “doing work” because you have to, to “getting things done” because you want to.  When you’re “doing work” you subconsciously plug away doing only as much as you have to, for only as long as you need to. When you start to focus … Read More

Imran HaqQuickreads: How do you look at your work?

Introducing MSI QuickReads

Topics in organizational development and personal development and leadership development often require long discussions, a series of articles, or a book to cover properly.  But some days, when you have six meetings, three deliverables and not enough time to digest your food properly you can’t really take long to read and philosophize over long musings.  Fear not!  We’ve introduced QuickReads.  … Read More

Imran HaqIntroducing MSI QuickReads

Building Trust

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Five Dysfunctions of a Team

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Five Dysfunctions of a TeamIn our last post we talked about what trust means to a team.  Understanding the value of trust is the first step in building it.  There is no team without trust.  But we can’t buy it, or create it over night.  We may have spotted a … Read More

Imran HaqBuilding Trust

Do you trust me?

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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Five Dysfunctions of a Team

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Five Dysfunctions of a TeamWhether you’re working for your local MSA, volunteering at the Masjid or even getting involved with a charity focused on social work, you will inevitably be part of a group of like minded individuals all performing various related functions in order to accomplish the same objective.  … Read More

Imran HaqDo you trust me?

Welcome to MSI!

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After much thought, deliberation, shura, and planning, we’ve finally launched! The Muslim Strategic Initiative is a fresh new approach to organizational development for Muslim Organizations.  Whether you’re part of a Masjid board, a community oriented non-profit, or a university MSA

Imran HaqWelcome to MSI!