Do We Need to Rethink the Weekly Sickness/Death Juma Announcements? A Possible Alternative

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Let me preface this by saying I’m not a fan of any kind of juma announcements in general. I just don’t think they are an effective means of accomplishing the end goal of informing the community of important events. The audience has just finished praying and listening to a (hopefully) good khutbah. They make salam and instead of having some … Read More

Omar UsmanDo We Need to Rethink the Weekly Sickness/Death Juma Announcements? A Possible Alternative

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?

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

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An Alternative to Fundraising in the Last 10 Nights: Fundgiving

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Guest post by Abu Yusuf and Omar Usman My little brother yelled at me again on Friday: “Expansion… growth… your children!.. bublic schools!!.. Zina!!!”. Feeling guilty for not intervening sooner, I thumbed through my cash and did what families do when encountered by addiction. “Dude, calm down—here’s  a twenty.” He gave me an unctuous smile; we both knew I was holding out. Fundbegging … Read More

GuestsAn Alternative to Fundraising in the Last 10 Nights: Fundgiving

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 … Read More

Omar UsmanNouman Ali Khan: A Different Masjid Vision in Action

Five Dysfunctions of an Islamic Organization

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Originally posted at MuslimMatters.org This information should benefit anyone involved in Islamic organizations, but it really needs extra attention from those in leadership positions in their communities to start to effect the type of change needed to prevent dysfunction. The Five Dysfunctions Are Absence of Trust Fear of Conflict Lack of Commitment Avoidance of Accountability Inattention to Results These are … Read More

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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

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What Does Your Masjid Do?

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You recently donated $5,000 to a masjid construction project. At the time it was all you could give, and the fundraiser really opened your heart (and wallet). “If you love your mother, you will donate $5,000!” You got swept up into the emotion of the moment. They announced that $5,000 was enough to buy your own personal prayer space. You … Read More

Omar UsmanWhat Does Your Masjid Do?