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

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

Leadership: The Power of Vulnerability

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When we think of characteristics of a strong leader, they usually orient around qualities like assertiveness, confidence, and talent. How is it then, that vulnerability is so important? Our boards and administrations are seemingly in a race to be the best. But not the right kind of best. How much of this rhetoric sounds familiar (even if it’s normally left unstated)? … Read More

Omar UsmanLeadership: The Power of Vulnerability

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

GuestsInsight from a Board Member: Youth Engagement

Fundraising: Product Pitch or Vested Interest?

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There’s two primary types of fundraising in the Muslim community (generally speaking). The first is the fundraising that occurs for a community whether it be their building, operations, school, events, or something else of that nature. It’s already assumed that every single musalla in existence has a framed picture of a blueprint that they’re constantly fundraising for. The second is the hit … Read More

Omar UsmanFundraising: Product Pitch or Vested Interest?

Guest Post: Why Don’t Our Mosques Pay for Themselves?

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Building Self-Sufficient Mosques, by Mohammed Ashour Year after year, the overwhelming majority of our mosques dedicate a full hour during the busiest night of Ramadan in order to collect donations from congregants. Oftentimes, it is the same Imam making the same plea to the same people, and surprisingly enough, for the same amount of money that was requested the previous year. … Read More

GuestsGuest Post: Why Don’t Our Mosques Pay for Themselves?