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The Prophetic Masjid: The Ten Essential Characteristics

The Prophetic Masjid: The Ten Essential Characteristics

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 strive in His path
  • Masjid is not simply a place of prayer but a center for a purpose-driven community
  • Identifies needs of the community
  • Provides or facilitates programs and activities that meet the needs of the community

6.  Operates with Shura and Effective Leadership

  • All segments of the masjid are represented, especially on Boards and Committees
  • Shared governance between Imam and Boards—no autocratic leaders
  • Leaders are respected and allowed to lead
  • Hires needed staff

7.  Practices Generosity

  • Giving to the cause of Allah is made central to the practice of Islam
  • Encourages regular giving of everyone

8.  Values the Inclusion of Women, Youth, and Young Adults

  • Women, youth and women feel welcomed in the masjid
  • Masjid is open to the view points of women, youth and young adults
  • Women and young adults are represented on Masjid boards and committees
  • Women have a choice to sit for Jum’ah in separate area or in same musalla as men
  • Masjid is sensitive to needs of young families with children

9.  Is involved in the local community, upholding justice and the common good

  • Seeks to improve society through community service
  • Upholds justice in their local community, America and the world

10. Promotes understanding of Islam and invites others to Islam

  • Involved in interfaith and other educational activities
  • Supports new Muslims

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