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

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Volunteer Management: Giving Recognition

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This applies as much to an employee as it does to a volunteer: People do not receive the recognition they deserve for their efforts. People need acceptance, approval (belonging), appreciation, attention, and affection (a pat on the back). Islamic organizations often struggle at retaining human resources precisely because leadership forgets about positive reinforcements. If you volunteer for a project, and … Read More

Omar UsmanVolunteer Management: Giving Recognition

Dealing With Incompetence

Sometimes you come across a volunteer, MSA president, or masjid board member who is flat out incompetent. They’re well intentioned, but no matter how hard they try, they’ll just never cut it. They want to help so bad, but their help means double the work for you because you have to hold their hand through the process. Addressing incompetency is … Read More

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Leading Volunteers: Don’t Let Them Fade Away

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Leading VolunteersThe weird thing about losing volunteers is that you never really know you have lost them. They don’t turn in a two week notice, nor do they even usually alert you. Most of the time you will just notice someone who was helping out is no longer there. Most … Read More

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Leading Volunteers: How To Treat Them With Dignity

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Leading Volunteers“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (Bukhārī) Building loyalty within a team at work, a place where people’s livelihoods depend on the job, is already difficult enough. So how about when that team consists of volunteers who are only there … Read More

Omar UsmanLeading Volunteers: How To Treat Them With Dignity

We Can’t, Because We Don’t Have What They Have

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When it comes to any kind of Islamic project we always have a successful model to look at. This may be the “successful” masjid in the town, or the “successful” MSA at the other university. It may be a humanitarian effort, or educational effort. No matter what the situation though, when starting your own project, it is easy to say … Read More

Omar UsmanWe Can’t, Because We Don’t Have What They Have

Why No One Wants To Support Your Dawah Project

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Often times when we begin any kind of dawah project, we feel that the strength of the message should carry the project to success. When we hold an Islamic Awareness Week event, it can be frustrating handing out thousands of high-quality brochures, and having no one feign interest. By the same token we hear powerful, moving, and captivating khutbahs on … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy No One Wants To Support Your Dawah Project