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Women-Friendly Mosques Gain Momentum

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

From OnIslam & Newspapers Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00 ISTANBUL— Catering to the needs of Muslim women, a growing number of mosques across the globe are going “female-friendly” by offering more space for women and seeking their involvement in worship places. “We began questioning why we are not catering to women’s needs and not creating architecture to meet the needs of men and women,” Fiyaz Mughal, the founder and director of the UK-based non-profit organization Faith Matters, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday, November 16. “Now, that change has been taking place over the last 10 years and is really starting to show itself today.” Mughal echoed the requests of millions of Muslim women who have been calling for more accessibility to mosques. Hatice Eser, a 21-year-old, Turkish student shared a similar request. “I spend most of my free time...

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4 Free Resources Your Masjid Needs

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Blog, General | 0 comments

(From Muslim Strategic Initiative) JazakAllahu khayran to Mark Harrod for compiling this list to share with the MuslimSI audience. 1) Lifetime Website Hosting Dreamhost offers 501(c)3 non-profits like masjids and Islamic organizations free lifetime hosting (usually $3 to $9 per month) and a complimentary domain name. Here are instructions: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Non-profit_Discount 2) Donation Management Software Giftworks offers 501(c)3 non-profits a free Windows-based software that can help a masjid manage donations, volunteers, and communicate better with donors: http://www.techsoup.org/giftworks 3) Vertical Response Vertical Response gives email marketing that is free for non profits up to 10,000 emails per month: http://www.verticalresponse.com/non-profit/pricing 4) Free Masjid Website With an option of 20 templates to choose from, Ummah Designs offers to implement one of its websites for any masjid in the US or Canada:...

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Fatwa Permitting Menstruating Women to Enter a Mosque and Read Qur’an By Dr. Saud al-Funaysan

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(Sheikh Saud al-Funaysan is from the village of Al-Bouraydah in Al-Qasim Province in Saudi Arabia. He is the former Dean of Islamic Law at al-Imam Mohamed Ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia.) Website URL:  http://www.islamtoday.com Fatwa Question or Essay Title: Ruling permitting menstruating women to recite Quran and enter a mosque: [Excerpt of a religious opinion given by Sheik Saud al-Funaysan, former dean of Islamic law, al-Imam Islamic University in his Hukm Dukhûl al-Hâ’id wal-Junub al-Masjid li-Simâ` al-Durûs wal-Muhâdarât (Rules Governing the Menstruating Woman and the Sexually Defiled Entering a Mosque to Hear Lessons and Lectures).] A person in a state of major ritual impurity differs in certain rulings from a woman in her menstrual cycle. For one thing, a person in a state of major ritual impurity [due to sexual ejaculation] cannot read the Quran. By contrast,...

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“Unmosqued” Invites Reflection: Can Mosques Do More to Welcome Millennial Muslims? by Dr. Sarah Sayeed

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A new documentary highlighting the internal challenges of American mosques, particularly in meeting the needs of youth, is making national rounds, sparking conversation and inviting our collective reflection. Marwa Aly, Ahmed Eid and Atif Mahmud produced Unmosqued in order to “give people the vocabulary to talk about their concerns” in a way that was respectful of mosque leaders and elders in the community. Unmosqued is not shy about shining a spotlight on the ways that mosques tend to be exclusive rather than inclusive, but it does so in a way that is earnest, frank, and well-intentioned. It is a film for Muslims, by Muslims. As Unmosqued shows, the challenges facing the American community and the American mosque are indeed numerous. First, the saying that birds of feather flock together is certainly true within the Muslim community: there is a...

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Ten Ways to Fix Your Terrible Masjid Website by Omar Osman

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(From Muslim Strategic Initiative) Most masjid websites are terrible. This is how you make them better. 1. Story No one cares that your organization was started in 1973 and services 500 families from XYZ counties. It also doesn’t really matter how big your Sunday school is, or how you have a “vibrant” youth presence. Tell the story of your community. Talk about how back in 1982, 5 uncles got together and needed a place to pray Juma so they used some guy’s living room. Chronicle how that slowly grew into the congregation you have now. Tell the stories about the people who have come through your masjid – Imams who helped work with the kids, how a random brother or sister one time donated $10k to keep the masjid from being shut down. Communities must create a sense of...

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