Why Mosques Should Always Have Open Communication Channels

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Guest post by Belal Khan, Belal Khan is a marketing professional based out of Washington DC. A curious adventurist by nature, through projects he’s always works to show what’s possible as a means of inspiring folks to pursue their best ideas. He writes and shares his projects over at Leechon.com I believe young professionals have the hardest time getting to the … Read More

GuestsWhy Mosques Should Always Have Open Communication Channels

Anatomy of a Masjid Announcement

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15 minutes. It took me 15 minutes to plan my last 3 minute announcement. First I had to list everything, then hold an NCAA style elimination to see which announcements made the cut and which ones would have to try again tomorrow. Then I had to strategize – should they be thematic? Should I go list style? Overkill? Maybe. But … Read More

Imran HaqAnatomy of a Masjid Announcement

Social Media: Are You Just Broadcasting Noise?

Social media is just the new “bad flyer with typos” as far as masjid communication goes. There may have been a point in time where simply being “on the Facebook” or “having a Tweeter” was sufficient, or even cutting edge. Now though, your organization’s status updates fight for attention in the barrage of information in a user’s timeline (click to Tweet). … Read More

Omar UsmanSocial Media: Are You Just Broadcasting Noise?

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

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 Don’t Masjids Have Coffeeshops?

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My friend Saqib Shafi recently shared this on Facebook (quote is edited to remove names): One Friday after Jumu’ah, I was talking to my buddy. We were in the way of people coming out, so we had to go outside. It was really cold, but we had no choice. That same Friday, I was working from home for the day … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy Don’t Masjids Have Coffeeshops?

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: Fitnah Meter

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board Member

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Insight from a Board MemberWhen serving on Shura and Community Boards, we have used a tool we fondly call the “Fitnah Meter”. First, this is a subjective non-scientific measurement. It is an abstract concept to gauge the general potential of a crisis breaking out in our community. It’s kind of … Read More

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The Memory That Matters

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ave you ever had a bad experience at a restaurant? Chances are you don’t remember what your bill was. You probably don’t remember the waiter’s name. You may not even remember what you ordered. The only thing you remember is being disrespected, or having your food brought out late, or something to that effect. People dislike others because of bad … Read More

Omar UsmanThe Memory That Matters

Quickreads: Meetings

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 From Seth Godin, When a building is burning down, fireman coordinate their actions, make decisions and save lives. They do this without Aeron desk chairs or Dunkin Donuts. They do it without subcommittees, McKinsey studies or input from the boss in another city. To quote Al Pittampalli, “why bother going to a meeting if you’re not prepared to change your … Read More

Omar UsmanQuickreads: Meetings