Decision-Making Framework: Why Most Masjids Get Their Moonsighting Policy Wrong

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It seems more and more masjids are now announcing Ramadan and Eid dates days and weeks in advance of the actual start of Ramadan. The festivities of getting together the night before to find out if the month is starting are now absent as masjids have opted to follow moon calculations for determining the Islamic dates. The crux of why … Read More

Omar UsmanDecision-Making Framework: Why Most Masjids Get Their Moonsighting Policy Wrong

Running a Masjid is a Lot Like Bikeshedding

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Bike what? I had an epiphany after understanding bikeshedding. It’s very difficult to not get giddy while writing this, because I think I have finally stumbled upon the ultimate answer – why are Masjids always focused on the manifest destiny of construction and expansion at the expense of things that actually matter to the community? In essence: Parkinson shows how … Read More

Omar UsmanRunning a Masjid is a Lot Like Bikeshedding

The One Fail Safe Way Communities Can Hold Leadership Accountable

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Sometimes it seems that bad leadership in our communities is like a runaway train. Not only runaway, but runaway on a one way track. Sometimes the problems seem so deep that we lose sleep and begin to weep. There’s no way out. We become so jaded that it no longer seems worthwhile to be involved. No matter what I do, … Read More

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Leadership: The Power of Vulnerability

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When we think of characteristics of a strong leader, they usually orient around qualities like assertiveness, confidence, and talent. How is it then, that vulnerability is so important? Our boards and administrations are seemingly in a race to be the best. But not the right kind of best. How much of this rhetoric sounds familiar (even if it’s normally left unstated)? … 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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Quickreads: The True Role of Masjid Management

  @simonsinek so true. I’d like to add: …and the freedom to make mistakes. — Steve Suhrheinrich (@stevesuhr) January 23, 2012 True management focuses their efforts on how best to make the community feel involved. A welcoming environment is a start, but there has to be a next step that includes people having the ability to help out in ways … Read More

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Leading Volunteers: Unity and Gossip

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Leading VolunteersIt goes without saying that most Islamic organizations suffer from a lack of unity. There are 3 main causes of disunity within Islamic organizations: Poor Communication Gossip (highlighted due to its prevalence in our communities) Lack of a Shared Purpose [Video: Role of the Masjid] Communication is an easy … Read More

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Leading Volunteers: How To Treat Them With Dignity

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (Bukhārī) Building loyalty within a team at work, a place where people’s livelihoods depend on the job, is already difficult enough. So how about when that team consists of volunteers who are only there … Read More

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