Why Masjid Leaders Need to Know About the Unmosqued Discussion

An entire discourse is taking place online about the governance of our local masjids. The nasty politics, failed leadership, failed succession planning, exclusionist governance based on ethnicity, age, and gender – all are reaching critical mass.  Anyone who is involved in a masjid board or committee needs to familiarize themselves with the state of the masjid in North America. These discussions are not unique to any one community, but gaining momentum nationwide.

Many times board members get closed off in a bubble in which they become blind to the real issues in their communities, or have driven away the community to such an extent that they’re no longer bothered with it. Take this as a wake-up call.

To get caught up, check out this roundup of articles:

1) Unmosqued Primer: History of Unmosqued and What You Need to Know About the Arguments

2) Unmosqued Unmasked: A Critical Review

3) Unmosqued Remosqued: Western Masajid and The Search for Community

4) Unmosqued: Dealing with Masjid Community Fatigue

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. He works full time in the corporate field, is a PMP, and certified Leadership Trainer through the John Maxwell Team. You can follow him on on Twitter @ibnabeeomar, and check out his latest project - The Fiqh of Social Media.

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3 Comments on “Why Masjid Leaders Need to Know About the Unmosqued Discussion”

  1. Imam Zia

    I think the Unmosqued people were a little disingenuous, and were out to only look for negative stuff. Are there problems? Sure. But not everywhere. Why do I say they were disingenuous? They were supposed to film me. But I had only positive stuff to say about my community. They changed their mind about filming me.

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