The Unconscious Incompetent Board Member

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There are 4 stages to learning in any field: 1) Unconscious Incompetence You don’t know what you don’t know. This is the equivalent of someone that wakes up one day and says, “I love eating biryani, therefore I should open up a Pakistani restaurant.” This person needs a heavy dose of reality. They don’t know anything about food, cooking, much less running … Read More

Omar UsmanThe Unconscious Incompetent Board Member

Deen Show: Who should lead the Masjid Muslim Doctors & Engineers or the Imam?

Interesting episode from the Deen Show Important take-away: Masjid involvement needs more than good intentions, it needs skills and abilities. The imam needs to be consulted. The biggest barrier to this is a lack of respect for religious scholarship within our communities.  

Omar UsmanDeen Show: Who should lead the Masjid Muslim Doctors & Engineers or the Imam?

5 Professional Types That Can Derail a Masjid Board

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Cross-Posted from Maurilio Amorim: Old School Board. No these are not school board members who are old, but old board members who have lost touch with anything current. “Social media? That’s just an0ther fad.” I have seen more dynamic ideas die during ministry presentations due to board members’ inabilities to grasp the importance and significance of communicating with digital natives. If … Read More

Omar Usman5 Professional Types That Can Derail a Masjid Board

Guest Post: How a Community Masjid Can Afford to Provide a Competitive Salary for its Imam

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Guest post by Br. Maher Budeir In a previous article, “How much should Muslim Clergy be Paid,” brother Omar started a great discussion about the topic. I am one who advocates a similar position, but I would like to carry the conversation beyond defining the issue. We need to start a serious discussion about a framework for solutions. This includes … Read More

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Humor: Mike D’antoni, Embattled Masjid President

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Is it just me or does Mike Dantoni look like a masjid board president whom no one believes in and no one listens to? — Kamran M. Riaz (@kr156) February 10, 2013 @kr156 D’antoni also has Phil Jackson in the form of that other awesome uncle who everyone thinks SHOULD’VE been the president. — Jibby (@JibbyD) February 10, 2013 .@kr156 … Read More

Omar UsmanHumor: Mike D’antoni, Embattled Masjid President

One Big Reason That Islamic Work is Stressful

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There are different kinds of stress when it comes to Islamic work. One kind is good, but exhausting. It is the sheer excitement of working on a project you feel passionate about. It keeps you up at night, it’s all you can think about during the day, and all you can focus on is getting it done. That’s stressful, but … Read More

Omar UsmanOne Big Reason That Islamic Work is Stressful

The Replacement Imam

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We’ve seen the debacle with replacement refs in the NFL. These are people that have some background in the profession, and yet when thrown into a positon they’re not qualified for, they fail in spectacular fashion. There’s a large distinction between mentoring and training someone versus putting a person into a position they are not capable of handling. Many communities … Read More

Omar UsmanThe Replacement Imam

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

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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Insight from a Board Member: Great User Experience

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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberTime is a perishable commodity. Once a moment has passed it is gone forever and irretrievable. All you have left of the past is memory. And even memory itself fades and becomes less vivid. However, cumulative memory affects our view of everything. If you have a … Read More

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