Nouman Ali Khan: A Different Masjid Vision in Action

Nouman Ali Khan addressing the congregation at a new masjid in Euless, TX [Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex area] with his vision for the community and masjid:

This is not theory. This is not how things should be done. It’s an actual vision in action. A few key highlights:

  • No aggressive fundraising.
  • Masjids should be started with the purpose of having a place to pray.
  • Being economical by not having a massive construction project.
  • Understanding what services are offered at nearby masjids and not duplicating them – This masjid will not have a Sunday school or Islamic school.
  • Giving freedom to the community to do projects and playing a facilitator role instead of an authoritarian role.
  • Focus on running with a functional place quickly instead of waiting to have a fancy place.
  • Be fiscally responsible – no loans or spending beyond the means of your community.
  • Look for building something sustainable, have a business plan that doesn’t depend on yearly fundraising for expenses.
  • Facilitate Muslim businesses in your community.
  • 2-3 people should not control all the affairs behind the scenes.
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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. He works full time in the corporate field, is a PMP, and certified Leadership Trainer through the John Maxwell Team. You can follow him on on Twitter @ibnabeeomar, and check out his latest project - The Fiqh of Social Media.

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3 Comments on “Nouman Ali Khan: A Different Masjid Vision in Action”

  1. Aarij

    Great points and nice summary masha Allah.

    I really like the point of understanding the masjid’s role. Many masjids just don’t. I would argue most masajid in big cities should be as described in the video: a convenient place to pray (so no excuses for missing fajr/isha) and a place for families to hang out.

    Sometimes masajid want to do more than what they can handle and suffer. We’re experiencing this in our locality subhan Allah and its depressing.

  2. Phung

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  3. Shayla

    Is there a place to leave prayer dresses and hijabs for anyone in need.? Inshallah I will be there on Thursday.

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