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Make Social Media Work for You

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

  Is social media accomplishing anything for your mosque? Most mosques do a poor job in using social media.  Few have a strategy or would claim what they do yields positive results. Many aren’t even sure what results they should expect.I understand social media can be overwhelming and, at times, a bit frustrating. But if you take a step back, it can be a powerful tool in your communications toolbox. Here are two important things social media can do for you,...

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Women and the Masjid: Between Two Extremes by Dr. Louay Safi

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

(From IslamiCity) The masjid, better known in North America as the Islamic center, is the center of spiritual, social, educational, and, most recently, political activities of the American Muslim community. The masjid is also the place where Muslims of diverse cultural and ideological backgrounds meet and interact. The diversity of interpretations of Islamic sources and practices has created tensions, particularly in Islamic centers where the tendency is to impose strict interpretations about the appropriate place and role of Muslim...

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37 Masjids Join “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

ISNA and the ISNA’s Green Masjid Task Force would like to thank and congratulate the 37 masjids that signed the pledge to fulfill the requirements of the “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign.  They pledged to: Conserve food at Iftars and not waste food by giving excess food to needy people Use biodegradable products for Iftars and not Styrofoam cups and plates Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity Give...

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Building a Masjid vs. Building a Community  by  Saud Inam 

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 1 comment

  We’ve all had discussions with our friends and family about the state of our community and, more specifically, the state of our masjids. I remember attending the screening of the filmUnmosqued in Atlanta in which more than 100 community members and masjid leaders attended. I heard the pain and frustration in the question and answer session following the viewing.  Many expressed their ideas, concerns and reflections about how to address the challenges facing our community in Atlanta. It got...

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Top 10 Ways on How NOT to Build a Mosque in America by Irfan Rydhan

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 1 comment

  Here are the top 10 items which the American Muslim Community should do if they do NOT want to build a new Mosque:  If your community finds a good sized piece of land (or an existing building) at a good price, then don’t look into the zoning or check to see if a religious assembly can legally be held there!  You can figure out the zoning later, after you have bought the land and invested a lot of...

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Rules for I’tikaf in the Masjid

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

I’tikaf refers to going into seclusion in the mosque for the sole purpose of worshipping Allah and attaching oneself and one’s heart to His worship. I’tikaf provides an opportunity to the believer to get closer to Allah by temporarily freeing oneself and one’s mind from the activities and worries of this world. This provides an excellent opportunity to train oneself to disassociate temporarily from the worries of the world and to instead focus only on Allah alone. Rules for...

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Wisconsin Islamic Group Ties Green Initiatives to Spirituality by Susan Bence

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

  Among faith groups, a ground swell of environmental concern has been building. This includes within the Muslim community, which begins Ramadan – their sacred month of fasting – today. In Milwaukee, a group called the Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsinhas been at work for a decade. It will be honored next week by a national interfaith environmental group, GreenFaith, for its programs. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited with two people  instrumental in the Islamic group’s green initiatives. Nabil...

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