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

Guests5 Ways to Tell If Your Mosque is Successful or Just Growing

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

GuestsThe Growing Shift between Mosques and Imams

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

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

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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

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

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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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

GuestsWhy Getting Volunteers For The Masjid is a Vision Problem

If Someone Handed You $5 Million, What Would You Build For the Community? Not What You Think.

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Someone posed this question to me recently (seriously, not hypothetically). Let’s say there’s a benefactor who has given you a blank check to build something of use for the community – what would you build? The thinking was why not build a better version of the Bayyinah or Qalam Campus, or a super amazing youth center? This question presupposes that … Read More

Omar UsmanIf Someone Handed You $5 Million, What Would You Build For the Community? Not What You Think.