The Secret To Good Decision Making

The Secret To Good Decision Making

Every Islamic organization struggles with tough decisions. Should we host a particular event? Invite a particular speaker? Hire a certain person? Buy this land? Rent a facility? The sad thing is that in Islamic work, the secret to good decision isn’t really a secret. It’s just a lost art. Or rather, an abandoned sunnah. Chalk this one up to another common … Read More

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Insight from a Board Member: Youth Engagement

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member“Keep us on the Straight Path” One of the consistent complaints most communities have is the lack of youth activities and youth participation. This will be one of the easier blogs to write. It is somewhat of a checklist. In order to engage the next generation … Read More

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Striving for Clarity

Clarity

Have you ever been in one of those situations — as you’re plugging away on an MSA initiative, trying to organize a two day event at a masjid, or working on the details of a fundraiser — where all of a sudden, you find your email inbox expanding faster than the size of the universe.  Where every single meeting goes … Read More

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Letting Go

Turning it Over

We all acknowledge that the key to growth is brining in new talent. Masjids need to be turned over to the next generation (even though it seems like the older generation has held on so long we might have to skip one before the turnover occurs). MSA leadership will change every couple of years (if not every year). The successful … Read More

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Quickreads: Working Smarter equals Working Harder

In order to better our productivity, better the quality of our work, or advance our self development, we often spend a lot of time looking, searching and studying to find the best strategy to do so.  We pour over internet articles to help us find the best way to accomplish the task at hand.  Everything from scouring the blogs of … Read More

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Quickreads: 3 Tips for Giving Advice

Coming up with creative ways of improving Islamic organizations is the easy part. The hard part is translating those ideas into constructive advice to the Masjid board member or MSA president. Giving advice (naṣīḥah) is an artform. Here are 3 tips from Harvard Business Review on how to give compassionate criticism: Ask permission. Start by asking “Can I give you … Read More

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Joining a Dawah Organization Level 4 – People Development

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership Levels

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership LevelsThe best superstars in the sports world are commonly described as those who make their teammates better. A great leader in an organization is no different. Maxwell says, A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her … Read More

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Joining a Dawah Organization: Level 3 – Production/Results

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership Levels

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership LevelsThe first two levels focused primarily on things that must be done in order to lay the foundation for success. This first was a focus on yourself, and the second was focus on your establishment of good relationships with others. Level 3 is when you … Read More

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Joining a Dawah Organization: Level 1 – Position/Rights

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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership Levels

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership LevelsThis article is the first in a 5 part series aimed at discussing the qualities needed to help advance a dawah organization of any kind. The five levels are taken from John Maxwell’s book, [amazon_link id=”1400280451″ target=”_blank” ]Developing the Leader Within You[/amazon_link]. The levels are … Read More

Omar UsmanJoining a Dawah Organization: Level 1 – Position/Rights