The Age of the Full-Time Imam is Over, Here’s What the New Era Of Islamic Work Looks Like

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In the corporate arena, there is a new trend emerging – the freelance economy. The hypothesis goes something like this. The age of joining a company, and slowly progressing upward for 30 years and then retiring is done. This used to be the goal for many people, but it no longer reflects reality for most people. Instead, people are switching … Read More

Omar UsmanThe Age of the Full-Time Imam is Over, Here’s What the New Era Of Islamic Work Looks Like

Guest Post: Defining Our Community

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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 Youth … Read More

Omar UsmanGuest Post: Defining Our Community

Webinar Recording: Prophetic Leadership – Leading the Unleadable from the Life of Tufayl bin Amr

This video covers: What leadership is Why it is important and of concern to each and every Muslim How the Prophet (s) increased the leadership capacity of Tufayl bin Amr Leading people who are deemed “unleadable” by others The link between productivity and leadership Creating a legacy for yourself through leadership This video was made to help give a preview … Read More

Omar UsmanWebinar Recording: Prophetic Leadership – Leading the Unleadable from the Life of Tufayl bin Amr

4 Steps to Put the Ship Back in Leadership

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I always keep coming back to a project I wanted to do at the masjid that I was particularly passionate about. I had a formal proposal ready, I had outlined how it would benefit the community and the masjid. The imam of the masjid was on board and excited. I had dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s so to … Read More

Omar Usman4 Steps to Put the Ship Back in Leadership

How The Most Talented Person In Your Organization Can Be Its Downfall

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The biggest strength and biggest weakness of an Islamic organization is usually the same thing – a talented personality. This comes in many different shapes and sizes. It’s the person who… …opens the masjid every day. …brings snacks to Sunday School. …fixes the microphone for the khutbah every Friday. …updates the prayer times on the masjid website. …puts the announcements … Read More

Omar UsmanHow The Most Talented Person In Your Organization Can Be Its Downfall

Future Talent Shift and the Impending Breakdown of the Masjid

NBA: Finals-San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat

t was July 8, 2010. Unfulfilled for 7 years chasing a dream and vision that the organization he was with could not help make a reality. Clad in a plum gingham print shirt, talking to Jim Grey, LeBron James famously announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. This incident has always fascinated me. He was the hometown hero. … Read More

Omar UsmanFuture Talent Shift and the Impending Breakdown of the Masjid

Finally a GOOD Imam Ad #MusicCityImam

We’ve written a ton about Imams, and imam expectations, and advertisements (and even done a YouTube video on it). But check out this new Imam advertisement for the Islamic Center of Nashville below. The only major problem with it is the Derek Fisher reference 🙂

Omar UsmanFinally a GOOD Imam Ad #MusicCityImam

Your Masjid is Not a Fortune 500 Company, Nor Should It Be

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Being professional doesn’t mean being corporate. This is a myth being perpetuated in our community – one that I fell for myself. Inherently, it cannot be the case. Islamic work, by definition, is non-profit. Corporate work, by definition, is for maximization of profit. Before continuing, one objection must be addressed, and that is the existence of “for-profit” Muslim enterprises or institutions. … Read More

Omar UsmanYour Masjid is Not a Fortune 500 Company, Nor Should It Be

Don’t Let The Youth Run Your Social Media

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Here’s how it goes. Masjid organization wants to be relevant. They see that all the kids are on that Facebook thing. And a few of them are even on that Tweeter thing. Well if that’s what the kids are doing, that’s what we need to do to be relevant. Turns out most of these kids show up to events they hear … Read More

Omar UsmanDon’t Let The Youth Run Your Social Media