Overlooked Leadership Characteristic of the Prophet (saw)

Originally posted by Dr. Hesham Alawadi The Meaning of Great Leadership Doesn’t it strike you that Muhammad (PBUH) never wrote and narrated an autobiography, yet the one with great number of biographies? When you look at the sayings of Muhammad (PBUH) you hardly notice that he spoke much about himself, rather as a messenger he spoke more about the message … Read More

Omar UsmanOverlooked Leadership Characteristic of the Prophet (saw)

Quickreads: Who is Best to Lead the Ummah?

Ibn Taymiyyah rahimahullah was once asked: Who is better to lead the Ummah, a strong leader (some one who is skillful) but is not that righteous or a righteous who is not that strong as a leader? He replied: “A strong leader surrounded by righteous men (to advise him) is better.” Hat tip to Sh. Yaser Birjas

Omar UsmanQuickreads: Who is Best to Lead the Ummah?

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

Why Masjid Leaders Need to Know About the Unmosqued Discussion

An entire discourse is taking place online about the governance of our local masjids. The nasty politics, failed leadership, failed succession planning, exclusionist governance based on ethnicity, age, and gender – all are reaching critical mass.  Anyone who is involved in a masjid board or committee needs to familiarize themselves with the state of the masjid in North America. These … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy Masjid Leaders Need to Know About the Unmosqued Discussion

Bill Clinton: Put the Integrity in Your Effort

Bill Clinton: Put the Integrity in Your Effort

In 1993, Michigan played UNC for the NCAA basketball championship. The famous Fab Five of Michigan was led by Chris Webber, who went on to become the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft. Michigan lost the championship game due, in part, to Chris Webber calling a time-out in the final seconds when his team did not have one, resulting … Read More

Omar UsmanBill Clinton: Put the Integrity in Your Effort

Why Your Mosque is Stuck

This is a must watch for anyone involved in community work, particularly the masjid. Notes: We have multi-million dollar edifices dedicated to 5 daily prayers, juma, and Ramadan – and these projects are booming.  You should be able to come to the masjid and get counseling on your finances and even taxes Masjids should have projects to help house the … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy Your Mosque is Stuck

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

"Chick-fil-A Is Anti-Gay!" PETA And The LGBT Community Protest

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

Transparency in Leadership: Musa and Harun

After returning from the mountain having left Harun (as) in charge for the 40 day period, Musa (as) finds the people worshipping a calf. This was clearly against what he commanded them with before leaving. He immediately turns to the one he left in charge to inquire about what happened. When someone is in a leadership position, their status does … Read More

Omar UsmanTransparency in Leadership: Musa and Harun

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

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