4 Free Resources Your Masjid Website Needs

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JazakAllahu khayr to Mark Harrod for compiling this list to share with the MuslimSI audience. 1) Lifetime Website Hosting Dreamhost offers 501(c)3 non-profits like masjids and Islamic organizations free lifetime hosting (usually $3 to $9 per month) and a complimentary domain name. Here are instructions: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Non-profit_Discount 2) Donation Management Software Giftworks offers 501(c)3 non-profits a free Windows-based software that can help a … Read More

Omar Usman4 Free Resources Your Masjid Website Needs

Why Do So Many Masajid Have Problems with Sustainable Funding?

Guest post by Dr. Jerry Hionis   To be expeditious and answer the above question immediately: many masājid have funding problems because they present themselves as a charity case instead of a worthwhile investment. What proceeds, insha’Allah, is a greater explanation of this statement.   Most are aware that there is a crisis within the Muslim community — and in … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy Do So Many Masajid Have Problems with Sustainable Funding?

Shifting Our Communities From Survival Mode to Strategic Mode

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By Maher Budeir, founder and trainer at Balanced Leadership Institute, Inc.  A firm dedicated to training Muslim nonprofit board members and leaders.  www.masjidboard.com. How do we get our communities to be more strategic? We, as Muslim communities, have been performing in a survival mode.   We are reactive.  We focus on tangible programs and buildings.  We look at here and now, … Read More

Omar UsmanShifting Our Communities From Survival Mode to Strategic Mode

So, You Think You Need To Build That Gym?

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Guest Post from Maher Budeir from Balanced Leadership Institute, a nonprofit board training firm. This article was partially inspired by a speech delivered by Shaykh AbdulNasir Jangda delivered at the Second Annual ISNA Masjid Forum, which was held in Dearborn, MI, on May 10, 2014. The Good News We hear it in many mosques all over the US these days. Every … Read More

Omar UsmanSo, You Think You Need To Build That Gym?

Create a Welcoming Masjid With A Tasleem Squad

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Dr. Ihsan Bagby gave a presentation at the ISNA Masjid Forum this past weekend and mentioned a term that stuck with me – Tasleem Squad. We all acknowledge the need for our masajid to be more welcoming, but how do we tangibly go about doing this? Here are a few suggestions. Have a ‘Tasleem Squad’ at your masjid that welcomes … Read More

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What Brown M&M’s Have to Do with Your Masjid’s Adhan

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The rock group Van Halen (remember this?) had a provision in their performance contract that called for a bowl of M&M’s backstage – but with all the brown M&M’s removed. This might sound like the typical ridiculous and illogical request a famous group might make, particularly when it’s said they would cancel a performance if they found a brown M&M … Read More

Omar UsmanWhat Brown M&M’s Have to Do with Your Masjid’s Adhan

One Way to Deal with Cell Phone Disturbance in the Masjid

I started this initiative last week to raise awareness about cell phone disturbance in the masjid. pic.twitter.com/BU4hFS7Qpm — Abdul Rahman Bashir (@Godfada786) February 27, 2014 Every night we move it forward. If someone's phone goes off, after I say " thank you" and it goes back to zero pic.twitter.com/CbIpQrJSze — Abdul Rahman Bashir (@Godfada786) February 27, 2014

Omar UsmanOne Way to Deal with Cell Phone Disturbance in the Masjid

Do We Need to Rethink the Weekly Sickness/Death Juma Announcements? A Possible Alternative

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Let me preface this by saying I’m not a fan of any kind of juma announcements in general. I just don’t think they are an effective means of accomplishing the end goal of informing the community of important events. The audience has just finished praying and listening to a (hopefully) good khutbah. They make salam and instead of having some … Read More

Omar UsmanDo We Need to Rethink the Weekly Sickness/Death Juma Announcements? A Possible Alternative

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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Deen Show: Who should lead the Masjid Muslim Doctors & Engineers or the Imam?

Interesting episode from the Deen Show Important take-away: Masjid involvement needs more than good intentions, it needs skills and abilities. The imam needs to be consulted. The biggest barrier to this is a lack of respect for religious scholarship within our communities.  

Omar UsmanDeen Show: Who should lead the Masjid Muslim Doctors & Engineers or the Imam?