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The Prophetic Masjid: The Ten Essential Characteristics

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 0 comments

by Ihsan Bagby 1.   Enhances Taqwa Increases faith and improves good character of attendees Encourages a culture of making daily salah Egos are left at the door; ethnic-centric thinking is rejected 2.  Increases Islamic knowledge Increases faith and improves good character of attendees Encourages a culture of making daily salah Egos are left at the door; ethnic-centric thinking is rejected Provides correct and relevant Islamic knowledge in an attractive manner 3.  Builds Brotherhood by being a Welcoming Community Facilitates getting to know one another and building relations Values the inclusion and involvement of all segments of the community 4.   Is Mission-Oriented/Purpose-Driven Takes seriously Allah’s command to strive in His path Masjid is not simply a place of prayer but a center for a purpose-driven community 5.   Serves as a Center for the Muslim Community Takes seriously Allah’s command to...

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“Mosque Friendliness” by Imam Faizul Khan

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 0 comments

(This a brochure from the Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA) which explains their policy of being a welcoming mosque) The Messenger of Allah (s) guides us saying, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should be hospitable with his or her guests.” When “Welcome” Feels Like a Smile Newcomers who visit our mosques are like guests in our homes. The event of guests in our homes is special to us and becomes a special time for our guests. Guests in our mosques, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims, when treated as family guests, are helped to feel comfortable in new surroundings amongst people who may look different, dress differently, worship differently and whose culture or language may be different; when we are hospitable and accommodate their needs including programs and literature in their language, whenever possible....

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Like Bricks of a Wall: Tips for a Welcoming Masjid by Dr. Sarah Sayeed

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 0 comments

Board Member, Women in Islam (NY) and Member of ISNA’s Masjid Development Committee Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet (saws) said, “A faithful believer to a faithful believer is like the bricks of a wall, re-enforcing each other.” While saying that, the Prophet (saws) clasped his hands by interlacing his fingers (al-Bukhari Vol 1, Book 8, Number 468). Entrance and Exit Signage: First Impressions Count  How does someone get in? Mark your entrance clearly. Post a weather-proof Welcome to Masjid X (insert name) sign on the door; include when open, imam’s office hours, phone. Inside, contact info of masjid, imam and key people (consider photos); your activities (regular classes, events). Signage for different areas of masjid if large (restrooms, classrooms, musallah). Ensure women have access to main entrance and main prayer area. Post a sign thanking people for being at...

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Create a Welcoming Masjid with a Tasleem Squad

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 2 comments

By Omar Usman (Muslim Strategic Initiative   http://muslimsi.com/) Dr. Ihsan Bagby gave a presentation at the ISNA Masjid Forum this past weekend and mentioned a term that stuck with me – Tasleem Squad. We all acknowledge the need for our masajid to be more welcoming, but how do we tangibly go about doing this? Here are a few suggestions. Have a ‘Tasleem Squad’ at your masjid that welcomes people into the masjid at busy times like juma with a smile. Greet them, hold the door open for them. Brighten up the environment. They can also help answer basic questions like – Where is the wudu area? Where is the sister’s entrance? Where do I put my shoes? Someone stole my shoes, can you help me? It is important to have people who look like the people. Dr. Bagby mentioned that...

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The Prophetic Masjid: The Seven Essential Characteristics

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 0 comments

By Ihsan Bagby   The Prophet Masjid… Enhances Taqwa Holds fast to the rope of Qur’an and Sunnah Increases faith, knowledge, good character Encourages a culture of making daily salah Egos are left at the door; ethnic-centric thinking is rejected 2. Builds Brotherhood/Community Welcoming to attendees Facilitates getting to know one another Concerned about Muslims, identifying their needs Values the inclusion and involvement of women Empowers young adults Nurtures and involves youth 3. Is Mission-Oriented/Purpose-Driven Takes seriously Allah’s command to strive in His path—Allah’s command to establish the Din Masjid is not simply a place of prayer but a center for a purpose-driven community 4. Operates with Shura and Strong Leadership All segments of the masjid are represented Boards and Executive Committees are representative of the community Shared governance between Imam and Boards—no autocratic leaders Leaders must lead Leaders must be respected...

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