How to Start a Masjid – A Full Comprehensive eBook

This is an invaluable 60+ page resource compiled by the administration at Masjid Hamza in metro Atlanta, GA. This guide contains: Starting a Masjid – Incorporating, mission statement, officers, establishing legal entity, logo, membership, and bylaws Establishing Masjid – Lawyers, tax ID, nonprofit status, bank accounts, online payments, website, email lists Zoning Issues Leasing, buying, land purchase, buying an existing … Read More

Omar UsmanHow to Start a Masjid – A Full Comprehensive eBook

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

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

Stop Asking for Money

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Phil Cooke lays out the problem most non-profits face, …The problem is, they’re asking for money, not sharing a vision. Look at your media presentations, videos, live events, print materials, and in-person contacts. What do they say? What story are they telling? It’s not enough just to show the great work you’re doing and then ask for money. Perhaps more … Read More

Omar UsmanStop Asking for Money

Letting Go

Turning it Over

We all acknowledge that the key to growth is brining in new talent. Masjids need to be turned over to the next generation (even though it seems like the older generation has held on so long we might have to skip one before the turnover occurs). MSA leadership will change every couple of years (if not every year). The successful … Read More

Omar UsmanLetting Go

Why The Masjid Strategy of “Delegating” To The Youth Inevitably Fails

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Nearly every youth group suffers from the same predicament. They are told to rally themselves, get together, and host some programs. The mantra of “for the youth, by the youth” is spoken on the lips of every masjid board member. Except, when it actually comes time to do it, the youth are left standing there while a 40 or 60 … Read More

Omar UsmanWhy The Masjid Strategy of “Delegating” To The Youth Inevitably Fails

Video: Practical Steps for Youth Involvement Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Youth Involvement

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Youth InvolvementThis is an interview with youth director AbdelRahman Murphy. The video covers how to get the youth involved, and practical steps to serving their needs in our communities.

Omar UsmanVideo: Practical Steps for Youth Involvement Part 1

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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What’s truly important to your community? Is it family programs? Is it education? Perhaps the talking point in your community is the ever elusive youth involvement. So if that’s the case, then here’s how you can measure whether you are true to what you say or not. How much money was raised for construction and expansion? How much money was … Read More

Omar UsmanPut Your Money Where Your Mouth Is