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Launch of the “Green Masjid Project”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Blog, General | 1 comment

ISNA’s Masjid Development Committee announces the launch of the “Green Masjid Project” led by a Green Masjid Task Force under the chairmanship of Brother S. Masroor Shah, a long-time leader in ISNA and his local community in Evansville, Indiana. The purpose of the “Green Masjid Project” is to (1) raise awareness of issues of conservation and Islam’s strong support for the principles of being stewards (khalifah) in the earth and Islam’s call for us to be an eco-friendly community, (2) develop standards for transforming existing masjids into green masjids and then work to make more of our masjids eco-friendly, (3) develop standards for building masjids that meet the goal of being a green masjid, and finally (4) promote the practice of a green Ramadan. The Task Force welcomes the opportunity to come to your community to talk about the...

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10 Things Every Green Mosque Should Have by Zaufishan Iqbal

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Best Practices, Blog | 1 comment

From the Eco Muslim (United Kingdom) Using ideas from The Eco Muslim Green Mosque Guide, here are some must-have environmentally friendly features that will act as the “green” platform for a house of worship. Tick them off as you reach these goals or pick just 3 that your mosque can definitely do! 1) A Garden No Eco-Mosque should be without a colourful flower patch, fruit trees and a vegetable plot. Any unused space outdoors can be fenced and converted into a garden, and indoors-small pots, hanging baskets or large containers can be used to grow herbs and spices. Community gardens become a lifelong joy and children get a buzz knowing that they’re coming to the mosque to plant seeds and watch flowers grow. And the best thing? No need to buy a bag of berries when Muslims can simply...

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Women and the Masjid by Atiya Aftab

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

Atiya Aftab, Esq. is a member of ISNA’s Masjid Development Committee and an attorney. She is a long time member of her masjid board in NJ. In Islam women and men are spiritual equals. The Quran requires that both men and women to enjoin good and forbid the evil. In terms of the masjid, we know that Allah Almighty’s favorite places on earth are houses of prayer. We need to establish masjids that welcome everyone and represent Islam and Muslims in America. The survival of Muslims in predicated on the masjid. Allah Almighty in chapter 62 of the Quran (Surah Jumuah) requires the believers – men and women to establish the day of congregation –meaning the jumuah prayer (Friday prayer). “Believers! When the call to pray is made on the day of congregation, hurry towards the reminder of God...

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Fatwa Recommending Women to Attend the Masjid by Shaikh Ahmad Kutty

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Blog, Women | 1 comment

Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, senior lecturer and Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto Question: Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Are women allowed to pray the Friday Prayer? If not, please provide evidence from the Qur’an. I am a new Muslimah and people are telling me that women are not allowed to go to Friday Prayer. I need a reference from the Qur’an if this is true. Jazakum Allahu khayran. Wa`alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear sister in Islam, thanks a lot for your question, which reflects your care to have a clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer to knowledgeable people to become well acquainted with the teachings...

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A Guide to Building Brotherhood and the Welcoming Masjid

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Best Practices, Blog | 0 comments

       1.   First Impressions: Signage and the Entrance Your masjid sign should be prominent, appealing and professional-looking. Entrances should be clearly marked; on the inside, signs should indicate where to go Landscaping and entrance-ways should be well-maintained, clean and attractive Tasleem Squad and Tasleem Culture Committee assigned to greet and assist people as they enter masjid for Jum’ah and other programs Tasleem Squad gets to know new faces in particular; informs them of activities Members of Tasleem Squad represent various segments of community The Masjid should develop a culture of all community members being involved in welcoming people New people who are different should feel welcomed and not condemned or a object of suspicion Newcomers in your area A welcoming package should be prepared for new people in the area; hard copies should be available at the masjid and...

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