Guest Post: Made in America – What is an Imam Worth in the U.S.?

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Guest post by Dr. Jerry Hionis, Jr., PhD.   Let’s put this as bluntly as possible: in the American Muslim community, the masjid is more important than the Imam. Don’t believe me? How many times have you been to a masjid without a resident Imam? How many times have you met a prospective Imam without a masjid? My feeling is … Read More

GuestsGuest Post: Made in America – What is an Imam Worth in the U.S.?

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

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

Two Step Process: How Masjids Can Adequately Address the Counseling Needs of Youth

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Much of the rhetoric we hear about youth in our masajid orients around how to involve them and to what level. In my personal experience, I have heard the same discussion on this issue for over the last 10 years without any resolution. This stagnation has contributed to the worsening problem of masajid being unequipped to handle the counseling needs of Muslim … Read More

Omar UsmanTwo Step Process: How Masjids Can Adequately Address the Counseling Needs of Youth

So How Much SHOULD Islamic Clergy Make?

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Slate raised the issue of the salaries of religious clergy highlighting salaries of Priests and Rabbis. Data about Imam salaries was (un)surprisingly hard to find. The topic of imams’ salaries is for some reason a touchy one, but it is not a complicated issue if approached objectively. We have previously discussed what to look for when hiring an imam. Communities … Read More

Omar UsmanSo How Much SHOULD Islamic Clergy Make?

The Lost Art of Common Sense: Job Descriptions

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Everyone knows of an Imam or administrator that’s had a falling out of some sort based on ‘not performing’ job duties to satisfaction. Actually this ‘job performance’ is such a gray area it’s become the scapegoat to get rid of someone you don’t like. The problem is simply a lack of common sense. When adding someone to your organization, especially … Read More

Omar UsmanThe Lost Art of Common Sense: Job Descriptions

4 Different Imam Hats

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These are 4 different hats that a masjid imam often has to wear: Prayer Leaders/Khatībs Educators/Professors Activists Counselors Note that each of these require completely different skill sets – and therefore should ideally be serviced by different individuals. Let’s go through the qualifications for each. Prayer Leader – On a day to day basis, this person truly only needs about a … Read More

Omar Usman4 Different Imam Hats

Follow Up: Realistic Imam Qualifications?

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In our video from the Conversations in Masjid Leadership series, we highlighted how to Find the Right Imam for your community. A bit tongue in cheek, we made an unrealistic laundry list of qualifications that communities (unrealistically) ask for. But was our list really much of an exaggeration? Here’s a list of requested qualifications that we came across in a … Read More

Omar UsmanFollow Up: Realistic Imam Qualifications?

Trailer for Our New Video Series: Conversations About Masjid Leadership

Trailer for Our New Video Series: Conversations About Masjid Leadership
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Conversations About Masjid Leadership

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Conversations About Masjid LeadershipWe are pleased to announce a new initiative from MuslimSI. We were fortunate enough to get some time with Shaykh AbdulNasir Jangda to do a series of videos about Masjid Leadership. We plan on doing multiple videos covering everything from Masjid operations, to board member politics, succession … Read More

Omar UsmanTrailer for Our New Video Series: Conversations About Masjid Leadership