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

The Growing Shift between Mosques and Imams

His dedication has served him well

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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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

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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The Crisis of Imams in America

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This is a crosspost from Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez and originally appeared on Medium.  Since my departure from the SALAM Center a few weeks ago, the chatter has been deafening in the community about the role of the Imam and the expectations the Muslim community should have of him. This new found free time has allowed me to engage in some … Read More

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Guest Post: Made in America – What is an Imam Worth in the U.S.?

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Guest post by Dr. Jerry Hionis, Jr., PhD.   Let’s put this as bluntly as possible: in the American Muslim community, the masjid is more important than the Imam. Don’t believe me? How many times have you been to a masjid without a resident Imam? How many times have you met a prospective Imam without a masjid? My feeling is … Read More

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Tips for Hiring an Imam: Everyone Has One Good Khutbah

Every imam candidate has one great khutbah and weekend halaqah. Heck, if I went to a community I’m pretty sure I could pull off one great khutbah and halaqah. Anyone who has given a few over the years can. It’s a wonder then, why communities will make a hiring decision after just one such visit. They get wow’ed and move … Read More

Omar UsmanTips for Hiring an Imam: Everyone Has One Good Khutbah

Guest Post: How a Community Masjid Can Afford to Provide a Competitive Salary for its Imam

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Guest post by Br. Maher Budeir In a previous article, “How much should Muslim Clergy be Paid,” brother Omar started a great discussion about the topic. I am one who advocates a similar position, but I would like to carry the conversation beyond defining the issue. We need to start a serious discussion about a framework for solutions. This includes … Read More

GuestsGuest Post: How a Community Masjid Can Afford to Provide a Competitive Salary for its Imam