Five Dysfunctions of an Islamic Organization

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Originally posted at MuslimMatters.org This information should benefit anyone involved in Islamic organizations, but it really needs extra attention from those in leadership positions in their communities to start to effect the type of change needed to prevent dysfunction. The Five Dysfunctions Are Absence of Trust Fear of Conflict Lack of Commitment Avoidance of Accountability Inattention to Results These are … Read More

Omar UsmanFive Dysfunctions of an Islamic Organization

The Adab of Hiring

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Guest post by Nadeem Siddiqi from the Muslim Community of Knoxville.  Please. Thank You. Opening the door for someone else. These are the etiquettes of society. They are a demonstration of our social refinement as they demonstrate that we can control our self-interest and that we are aware of the importance of others. But does such a thing exist in … Read More

GuestsThe Adab of Hiring

Stop Putting Out Fires

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The worst thing you can do for your organization is becoming a firefighter. When you become a firefighter, you will wait around looking for a fire that you can put out. This means that instead of proactively making things better, you only act when something goes wrong. Someone complains, fix it. Something breaks, organize a fundraiser for a replacement. A … Read More

Omar UsmanStop Putting Out Fires

One Big Reason That Islamic Work is Stressful

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There are different kinds of stress when it comes to Islamic work. One kind is good, but exhausting. It is the sheer excitement of working on a project you feel passionate about. It keeps you up at night, it’s all you can think about during the day, and all you can focus on is getting it done. That’s stressful, but … Read More

Omar UsmanOne Big Reason That Islamic Work is Stressful

Important Lessons Learned: LGBT Group Drops Boycott Against Chick-Fil-A

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Imagine that your masjid imam says in an interview in passing, “of course we’re opposed to gay marriage.” In response, local LGBT groups start publicly boycotting your masjid. How would you handle it if in a position of leadership? How do you deal with support for civil rights without compromising your religious beliefs? Moreover, how do you express these beliefs … Read More

Omar UsmanImportant Lessons Learned: LGBT Group Drops Boycott Against Chick-Fil-A

The 2 Secrets to Successful Delegation

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Volunteers and leaders struggle with successfully delegating tasks to free themselves up to do more work. Here are two essential tips to make sure you delegate properly. Trust is empowering. You have to trust the person you are delegating to. Once you trust them, they should be empowered to do the job – not constantly looking over their shoulder. The … Read More

Omar UsmanThe 2 Secrets to Successful Delegation

3 Tips for New Leaders

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So you’ve just been elected to the board, or appointed to a committee. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as you get started. 1) Never believe everything you hear. Being in a non-profit or religious arena makes this one that much more difficult. What do you mean don’t trust anyone? The cold hard truth is that everyone has an agenda. … Read More

Omar Usman3 Tips for New Leaders

Quickreads: Always Jumping to Negative Conclusion

Jumping to negative conclusions when anything is said or done by others is not only a sin, but a very bad disease. It creates problems & mistrust from non-existent matters. It makes a person habitually think that whatever others do or say is for a bad reason rather than a good one. This adds absolutely unnecessary tension in peoples lives … Read More

Omar UsmanQuickreads: Always Jumping to Negative Conclusion

Winning Franchises: 6 Lessons Muslim Organizations Can Learn from Sports

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Sports franchises mirror masjids and Muslim organizations in a number of ways. They have passionate fan bases (communities). People feel ownership over the franchise (masjid) they support. Franchises are constantly dealing with leadership issues, player development, and financial flexibility – all while maintaining a respectable level of success. When things go wrong, they get blasted out all over social media … Read More

Omar UsmanWinning Franchises: 6 Lessons Muslim Organizations Can Learn from Sports

Logistics: Setting Up Your Website Hosting and Domain

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Ultimate Guide to Logistics For Islamic Organizations

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Ultimate Guide to Logistics For Islamic OrganizationsDisclosure: This post contains affiliate links – meaning we receive a commission if you sign up for these services by following the link on this page. We only link to things that we actually utilize and recommend, there are no paid advertisements. We … Read More

Omar UsmanLogistics: Setting Up Your Website Hosting and Domain