Masjid Today
Strengthening Our Masjids through Shared Experiences
Rabiul Awal 22, 1433 / February 15, 2012
  Masjid Today Team  

Editorial Team:
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

  Interview with an Imam  

Imam Khalid Fattah GriggsImam Khalid Fattah Griggs Talks about Black History Month

Black History Month affords Muslims the opportunity to connect with persons who already have a social consciousness or are trying to gain a social consciousness.

Through just their presence at events even if they're not sponsored by Muslims, Muslims have an opportunity to educate themselves about a part of history that [...] has been omitted so much from the pages of history.

It's also an opportunity for Muslims to educate themselves about African-American history and in the process, rid themselves of any negative stereotypes they may have about African people.

There's a dual problem as it relates to African-American history amongst the Muslims.

The first is the problem from African-American Muslims themselves and that is that many [of them] attempt to strip themselves of a historical and social linkage to their history after accepting Islam.

The second group of Muslims who could benefit from involvement in the Black History Month exercise are those immigrant Muslims who, because of the residue of colonialism in their own backgrounds, come to this country with negative stereotypes about African people. Read More >


Principles of Transformational Leadership


By Humairah Irfan

1- Principle of Simplification

Successful leadership begins with a vision, which reflects the direction of the common course. This means, the ability to articulate a clear, practical, transformational vision which answers the question, “Where are we headed?”

The stone cutters’ tale illustrates this idea: The first stone cutter says, “I’m cutting stone,” the second says, “I’m carving a cornerstone,” but the third says, “I’m building a conference hall.” The third has a vision. Where do political science students see themselves – impacting their local mosque, their community, the nation, or the world? For any team, discussing goals, objectives and vision unifies the members.


Tip for Counseling Youth


Watch Your Body Language

Body language takes into account your facial expressions, angle of your body, proximity of yourself to another, placement of arms and legs, and so much more. Notice how much can be expressed by raising and lowering your eyebrows!

Moreover, as Imams counseling the youth, you need to monitor the tone of your voice - in the same way that you monitor your body language. Remember, the person may not remember what was said, but they will remember how you made them feel!


Masjid Manners


Dua on Your Way to Masjid

On your way to pray in the Masjid, you should say a Dua (supplication) that Prophet Muhammad taught us:

"O Allah, make in my heart light, in my vision light, on my right light, behind me light, in my nerves light, in my flesh light, in my blood light, in my hair light, and in my skin light." (Bukhari & Muslim)


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7 things Your Masjid can do during Black History Month 7 Things Your Masjid can do during Black History Month
By Abdul Malik Mujahid

What would a Masjid have to do with Black History Month? Plenty.

As an institution of Islamic education and outreach to neighbors and the general public, Masjids must play an active role during Black History Month. Members of Masjids' administration and leadership, as well as general attendees, must learn about the contributions of Africans and African-Americans. They must also present African and African-American Muslims' contributions on this continent and abroad. Here are some ideas of the kinds of activities Masjids can organize to do this. Read More >

How to Establish a Masjid LibraryHow to Establish a Masjid Library
By Meha Ahmad

Though many of us are on the Web, gathering information from mobile devices, and downloading e-books to our Kindles, the traditional library is far from dead. A community library defines a civilization. Youth are still assigned to check out certain titles; interfaith people are always in need of resources.

Are you thinking about starting a library in your Masjid? Every Masjid should have resources and tools available for attendants to browse through and learn from. To get started, here is our 12-step list starting and establishing a successful Masjid library. Read More >

AccountabilityAccountability in Muslim Organizations
By Dr. Mohammed Benayoune

Accountability is at the heart of Islamic belief. One of the six pillars of faith in Islam is the belief in the Day of Judgment when people are held accountable for all their actions on earth.

In addition to the accountability in front of God on the Day of Judgment, Islam also emphasizes accountability in front of other people for all actions that concern them.

In the next few issues of "Masjid Today" we will highlight a few ideas to make our Masjids more accountable and transparent:

2- Have representative boards or councils

To build bridges of trust between the various schools of thought, Muslim organizations that serve the broader community must ensure that all sections of the community interested in the welfare of the organization are represented in the decision making process. This can only be achieved through elected boards or councils. Like other mainstream institutions, the membership who pays its due must be eligible to vote and be elected. In addition to building trust, this will ensure that members are always there to support the institutions with its various needs including financial.

3- Open up the books to the membership

Most Muslim organizations today strive to be transparent especially when it comes to financing. Some have taken excellent steps in this direction. Others remain less transparent to the broader community. Transparency, especially in financial dealings, goes a long way towards building the trust that will bring in bigger contributions from the community.

Dr. Mohammed BenayounDr Mohammed Benayoune is a former advisor to a minister of oil & gas in an Arabian Gulf Country as well as a business leader who occupied several CEO positions in large corporations. Over the past 30 years, he has set up several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has consulted with many first class organizations on leadership and organizational development. Dr Benayoune has led several Muslim organizations in several countries.

Prophet's MosqueThe Prophet's Mosque
Like the Thatching of Prophet Moses

The final structure of the Prophet's mosque was quite simple, as the Prophet had desired. The foundations were made with stones and the walls with grey mud bricks. The roof was supported on columns made from the trunks of date trees and covered with branches of the same. The roof covered only a small portion of the

mosque. The rest was an open, unroofed courtyard, enclosed by a short, grey mud-bricked wall, no higher than a man.

There were three doors, in the east, west and south. The roofed portion had a little platform where the Ahl as-Suffah, the impoverished, ascetically-inclined students of Islam, lived continuously. Being without homes of their own, without families or occupation, they devoted their entire lives and energies to the study of the Quran and practices of the Prophet. Their main job was to spread the message of Islam.

The ground of the mosque remained as it always was, not covered by anything. But one day it rained and the ground became muddy so the Muslims brought in some dry rubble and sand. Seeing this, the Prophet exclaimed: ‘What a good carpet you have brought in.’

The mosque was a natural and simple structure, absolutely devoid of any pretensions of grandeur. As the Prophet wished, it resembled the 'thatching of Moses’. When the Muslims asked what the thatching of Moses looked like, the Prophet replied: ‘The thatching of Moses was such that when he stood up, his head would touch the roof. However, the matter of this life is more transient than would even deserve a building of this magnitude.’

The implication of the Prophet’s statement is that Muslims should not waste their time and energy building grand edifices. Rather they should concentrate on good deeds arid the worship of God.

Source: Sunshine at Madinah by Dr. Zakaria Bashier, p. 50-51.


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