Masjid Today
Strengthening Our Masjids through Shared Experiences
Safar 26, 1432 / February 1 , 2011
 
  Masjid Today Team  
 

Editorial Team:
Meha Ahmad
Samana Siddiqui
Taha Ghayyur


Sound Vision Board of Directors:
Abdul Malik Mujahid, President
Muhammad Khalid Riaz, Md., Secretary
Taufiq Ahmad, Treasurer
Hanna El-Amin, Director
Janaan Hashim, Director

Muhammad Fuad Lashkarwala, Director
Ahmed Murad, Director

 
  Grant for Your Masjid  
 

There are many grants available that your Masjid could qualify for. It’s just a matter of knowing what is out there. Your Masjid can benefit from the many educational, training and research grant opportunities listed. Check Grants.gov to browse categories.

SoundVision’s Grant Pick:

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Administration for Children and Families
  • Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
  • Modification 12
 
 

Book Review

 
 
Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet

Book Review

The Earth is a mosque, and everything in it is sacred.” This is the first line in Ibrahim Abdul Matin’s book, “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet,” and it’s an idea that gives the book shape, drives the author’s passionate narrative, and shows that there is a clear connection between environmentalism and faith. Read More >

 
     
 

Mediation Tips for Imams

 
 

Be Impartial, Yet Empathetic

When mediating conflict between two parties, establish from the beginning that you are not there to take sides, but are solely interested in helping resolve the conflict so that both parties are satisfied.

However, being impartial does not mean to be cold. Display empathy, attention and respect for both sides. Instead of telling one of the combatants that he is being unreasonable, or to try to control himself—which both sides could interpret as a wish to side with one side or the other—reassure them that you understand the party's position, and you will do everything within your power to address the concerns he has raised. Use the same approach for either party.

 

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Masjid FundsBoosting Funds For Your Masjid
By Meha Ahmad

Masjids do great work and are generally successful when it comes to rallying Muslims and generating funds for Masjid work and projects. But one thing that never changes is the constant need for funds. Luckily, Muslim communities tend to run on the generous side when it comes to spending on their Masjids.

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To maximize your Masjid’s donations, here are a few tips. Read More >

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Shoes in the MasjidIs your Masjid unique in a certain aspect of its administration? Share your best practice or a creative solution in your Masjid with regards to any of the following:

- Managing Parking
- Managing / Shelving Shoes
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11 Ideas To Take Masjids to the Next Level in 201111 Ideas To Take Masjids to the Next Level in 2011
By Samana Siddiqui

It’s that time of year again, which means Sound Vision has developed another list of ideas for Masjids in 2011. This year, we’re focusing on teens, technology, and much more to help our mosques move forward and meet the increasing challenges and pressures we face as a community. Read More >

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Teens At Risk: 18 Tips for ImamsTeens At Risk: 18 Tips for Imams
By Sound Vision Staff Writer

Perhaps in the Muslim world, Imams were simply the person who led prayers and on occasion dealt with the social problems of Muslims in his community, if ever. But being an Imam in the West is more than a full-time job.

Here are a collection of suggestions from Imams, activists and Muslims who have grown up in the West for Imams on how they can help young Muslim teenagers, especially, maintain their Deen.
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