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Over 500 Signatures on “Inclusion of Women in Masjids” Statement, Representing 250 Masjids

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

Since the “Statement on the Inclusion of Women in Masjids” was launched at ISNA’s 51st Convention, 349 people have signed the online “Statement” and another 180 have signed the “Statement” at the Convention and at the Masjid Forum.  These signatures represent 260 masjids.  What’s the next step?  How do we move the agenda? Let’s look at our masjid and ask, how well are we living up to the Statement: (1) do you have women serving on the masjid board, executive committee and other leadership positions; (2) can women sit in the main musalla for regular salah, Jum’ah Prayer and lectures; (3) is the women’s area adequate and pleasing; (4) is there programming for women.  If your masjid has not yet met these standards, then the issue must be put in front of the community. Other ways to push agenda:...

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Strategic Planning: A Must for Masjids by Ihsan Bagby

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, Finances | 1 comment

  When was the last time that your masjid did strategic planning?   Never?  5 years ago?  A masjid should do strategic planning at least every five years.  Strategic planning is absolutely necessary because periodically any organization needs to step back and re-assess itself and re-formulate its direction and priorities.  The Prophet Muhammad (saaws) said, “Allah loves, when one of you does something, that it is done with excellence.”  Excellence for a masjid entails good planning.  The beginning of the year is a good time to consider arranging to do strategic planning for your masjid.  To get a firmer grasp of strategic planning and its intricacies, everyone is recommended to read Dr. Rafik Beekun’s Strategic Planning and Implementation for Islamic Organizations. The best way to go about strategic planning is to hire a Muslim facilitator, who is outside your community,...

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Faith groups have responsibility to protect planet by Saiyid Masroor Shah

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, General | 0 comments

  (Printed in Evansville Courier and Press)  Feb 6, 2016 Saiyid Masroor Shah is a member of the Tri-State Islamic Center) The Quran says “He (Almighty God) is the one who made you the guardians in the earth,”translation 35:30. Similarly, all religions, in their own ways, believe and profess that human beings have been ordained as the caretakers of earth by almighty God, implying that it is our responsibility to protect our natural resources and the environment on the planet earth. It is universally admitted that due to wide consumption practices the nonrenewable resources, including fossil fuel derived energy, water and productive land are dwindling fast. Ecological foot print estimates show that it now takes one year and six months to generate nonrenewable sources that we use in a year. All people suffer from environmental degradation in one or...

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Prepare for 2016 Green Ramadan by Green Masjid Task Force

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, General | 0 comments

  Last Ramadan, 37 masjids joined ISNA’s Green Ramadan Campaign, and this year ISNA and the Masjid Development Initiative hope for many more masjids to join the effort.  The time is now to plan.  Here’s some steps that need to be started now.   Purchase your blue recycling bins and distribute them in the masjid.  Make regular announcements about using the recycling bins. Find out the regulations for the company who does your recycling; pass on those regulations to the community. Identify your sources for purchasing paper products or other bio-degradable products that will be used instead of Styrofoam products. Arrange for khutbahs to discuss the topic of Islam’s command to conserve and protect....

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Imam Zaid Shakir on Black History Month

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, General | 0 comments

  American masjids are slowly embracing Black History Month, because Muslims must support the struggle of African Americans to achieve justice and equality in America, and because African American Muslims are intricately involved in the history of America and African Americans.  Some masjids like the Islamic Center of Long Island organized an entire afternoon program devoted the topic, hosting local African American Muslim leaders and other activists in the struggle.  Some masjids like the Guiding Light Islamic Center hosted a speaker on the topic.  For Black History Month, the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, CA hosted a program including Imam Zaid Shakir. Imam Zaid answers the question of why should an ‘immigrant’ Muslim care about the history of enslaved African slaves in America?  Why should ALL Muslims embrace this history as their own? Imam Zaid Shakir provides a thought-provoking response to...

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