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ISPU’s Study of Muslim Marriages Shows Need for Action

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog, Guidelines | 1 comment

ISPU (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding) recently released its study of Muslim marriage and divorce, highlighting the increasing problem of failed marriages and making a loud call for masjids and Muslim leaders to make the promotion of healthy marriages a priority. Their recommendations to Imams and mosque leadership include: Commit to making healthy marriages a top priority for the American Muslim community. Offer a diverse selection of community education programs focused on healthy marriages. Celebrate healthy marriages. Develop a marriage database. Emphasize the importance of premarital counseling and couple check ups.   Read the full report at:...

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Election Advisory for Mosques and Muslim Nonprofits

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Blog, Guidelines | 0 comments

With the election season almost constantly underway, many American Muslims, community organizations, and mosques, are actively participating in election- related activities. More reading...

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What Brown M&Ms Have to Do with Your Masjid’s Adhan?

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Blog, Guidelines | 0 comments

By Omar Usman Founding member of Muslim Strategic Initiative , MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @ibnabeeomar. The rock group Van Halen (remember this?) had a provision in their performance contract that called for a bowl of M&M’s backstage – but with all the brown M&M’s removed. This might sound like the typical ridiculous and illogical request a famous group might make, particularly when it’s said they would cancel a performance if they found a brown M&M – but there’s a lesson to be learned. David Lee Roth explained it in his autobiography, Van Halen was the first band to take huge productions into tertiary, third-level markets. We’d pull up with...

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Professionalizing Masjid Leadership (Part 1) Separation of Powers

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Blog, Guidelines | 0 comments

by Maher Budeir Board member of Roswell Community Masjid (Atlanta), Consultant in environmental and construction industry Leadership models vary from one institution to another. In looking at the challenges we face, we find that most of the challenges may be mitigated by instituting the following four principles: 1) Separation of Powers, 2) How We Make Decisions, 3) Accountability, and 4) Transparency. This series will explore each of those principles. I. Separation of Powers No, I am not talking about state and religion. I am talking about visionaries vs. action oriented people. The majority of our Masjids are run by “the Board”. In the world of nonprofits the role of the board can vary. But, in general, responsibilities of the board include policy, oversight, and establishing the strategic vision. On the other hand, the administration, executive committee, or operating team...

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How to Start a Masjid: The Keys to Managing a Successful Masjid

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Blog, Guidelines | 0 comments

How to Start a Masjid: The Keys to Managing a Successful Masjid By Tareef Saeb Hamzah Islamic Center 665 Tidwell Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30004 Phone: 404-229-7216 These guidelines for starting a masjid are intended to help a group of Muslims establish a new masjid or streamline the operations of an existing Masjid. They are not to be construed as definitive answers and every group is encouraged to consult with a legal counsel as well as their city/county planning and zoning offices. In the following sections we will have multiple chapters Insha Allah from how to setup your corporation, to finding a suitable location and handling zoning issues, to various helpful items. The study is culminated by an in-depth study of model Masajid in the US. Those Masajid were chosen by recommendation of community members who once lived around and participated...

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