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Green Muslims Khutbah Guide: Facts, Figures, Fiqh and Fard

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

Developed by Green Muslims (www.greenmuslims.org) SOME FACTS TO GET YOU STARTED WASTE If a Styrofoam cup was used at an iftar meal during the time of t Prophet (SAWS), it would still be here today. Styrofoa, a type of foamed plastic, never decomposes…. FOOD Americans discard 40% of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of $2,200 annually in food….   QURAN AND SUNNAH AYAT FOR THOSE WHO REFLECT “And eat and drink and be not extravagant; surely He does not love the extravagant. And do not squander wastefully. Surely the squanderers are friends of Satan’s and Satan is ever ungrateful to his Lord (7:31). FROM TRADITION Ibn Umar recorded that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Beware, every one of you is a shepherd and every...

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Islamic Shura Council of Southern California Holds 20th Anniversary Event and Releasing Publication of Their Masjid Operation Manual

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, General | 5 comments

The Shura Council of So. Cal. celebrated their 20th year by releasing their new ground-breaking publication, Masjid Operation Manual, which is five booklets (each about 75 pages) entitled “Governance,” “Operations,” “Policies,” “Programs,” and “Safety and Security.” Copies of the Masjid Operation Manual can be obtained by writing, emailing or calling them: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California 7231 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite H Garden Grove, CA 92841 Email them at info@shuracouncil.org Telephone: 714373-6473 Their 20th year celebration included a mini-conference and gala banquet. Ihsan Bagby, the chair of ISNA’s Masjid Development Committee, spoke at the event about the Prophetic Masjid and the challenge of masjids being inclusive and welcoming, especially for women. Ingrid Mattson, past president of ISNA, also spoke about the many American Muslim women who have made great contributions in the history of Islam in...

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New generation of Muslim-American women inspire change in mosques

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

by The Stream Team@ajamstream As stories of gender exclusion in mosques emerge, some young Muslims have begun to call their places of worship into question to encourage reform. According to a 2013 Hartford Institute study, 63 percent of mosques scored “fair” or “poor” on a ‘women-friendly’ scale. Hind Makki, a Chicago-based blogger, was inspired to take a stand after she began to notice that Muslim women were being pushed out of sanctuaries in her community. She started a blog called Side Entrance, which serves as an open forum for Muslims to show the perspective and experiences of women and their prayer spaces in mosques. The description for the blog reads: “We show the beautiful, the adequate and the pathetic.” In an interview with The Stream, Makki recalled a friend’s experience praying in the basement of a mosque during Ramadan....

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Eight Reasons People Aren’t Listening to Announcements by Rich Birch

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

This weekend, all across the country, leaders are going to get up in front of their congregations and talk about upcoming events and opportunities to connect with the community. They want to move people to action, but in reality a large portion of those in the room will simply tune out. You know it’s true … because you’ve done it! We blame the people for not engaging in the mission. Sort of like a shepherd blaming the sheep for not going to the right pasture. We need to understand why people stop listening and then shift our behavior to help them connect with those we seek to serve. Here are eight reasons people aren’t listening to announcements. There’s nothing in it for them. We want them to attend our event. We need volunteers for the upcoming thing. We have...

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Mosques Relegate Women’s Prayers to the Basement by Hajer Naili

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A social media project launched last year asks Muslims to compare the space their mosques offer women and men. Its founder says that every mosque she’s visited in the United States, Canada and Europe has a side or back entrance for women NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned. “When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam. Matea didn’t want her full name published. “The...

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