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Imams & Leaders in Toronto, Canada
Principles of Transformational Leadership
Principle of Motivation
The ability to gain the agreement and commitment of
other people to the vision. Once the transformational leader is able to
bring synergy to the organization he must then use various means to
energize (motivate) the team. A common way to motivate others is to
challenge them, provide ample opportunity to join the creative process,
and give them the credit.
Irfan is a computer engineer by education and runs a professional
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The youth that you're
working with has a really good antenna for knowing if you're looking
down upon them and judging them. To fight against this, tell yourself
that although you may not be engaged in their mistakes, that does not
mean that you are exempt from your own personal flaws. Many youth avoid
talking to elders or Imams because of the fear of being judged.
to Influence & Empower
Check Your Stories
Are you monologuing or dialogging? Can you convert narration to a
dialogue? Dialogues can reduce a lot of words to a
conversation. Inside conversations you can imply a lot of
things. You can take advantage of facial expressions of each of your
characters so that you don’t need to say what the expression is. For
example, instead of saying, “he smiled”, just smile!
Jawaad Sheikh is a professional speaker,
coach and trainer. He is the President of Neurotelli
Technologies Inc. A mobile strategy consulting firm.
Keep Your Voice Low to Help
Respect the privacy and
concentration of others around you while reciting the Quran during
or outside prayer, making supplication, or doing
The Prophet, peace be upon him, saw some people praying, and
they became loud in their prayer. He said: "The person in prayer is
in contact with his Lord, so let him concentrate on whom he is in
contact with, and do not raise your voices over one another with the
Social Services for Muslims Must be a Priority
a group of 30 Muslim community leaders, imams, social service
providers and activists gathered for a four-day
training course on counselling Muslims in North America, organized by
the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) based in Winnipeg,
By Imam Sikander Hashmi
Since imams are often the first point of contact for those in need of
help, yet often have zero training in providing social services, this
was an outstanding opportunity for them to meet professionals, share
experiences and acquire important skills to help them in providing
adequate care. Although many imams wanted to attend, most could not do
so due to a lack of willingness on the part of their mosque’s
management to fund their trip as the cause wasn’t considered worthy
enough. Read More
Things Masjids Can Do to Help Boost Social Services
Most Masjids in the
Muslim world are open 24 hours a day, seven days of week. They are
often the first place the hungry, homeless or poor travelers turn to
for help in the Muslim world.
By Abdul Malik Mujahid
However, the Masjid in North America has not developed this tradition.
Most mosques are open only during prayer times. With the exception of
one Masjid in Atlanta that proudly writes "door open 24/7 days a week,"
most doors are closed to the hungry and the homeless. Read More >
Misperceptions about Social Services
Working to help others,
also known as social service, is an Islamic obligation. Muslims carry
out this obligation on an individual level. However at the
institutionalized and collective levels Muslims in America, by and
large, neglect this duty. Muslims in America live within their own
communities like islands. It is vital that these islands become
connected to the broader American society by building bridges through
social service. Read More >
Khutbas at Your Masjid
to gear up for Ramadan programs, Ifrars and Khutbas. As community
leaders, Imams and MSA execs, it's our responsibility to
remind the Muslim community, 50% of which doesn't
fast, about the spirit of Ramadan and fasting.
This year, make Ramadan special for your congregants and take advantage
Vision's unique and practical tips for your Khutbas:
Accountability in Muslim
In this series of
"Masjid Today", we highlight a few ideas to make our Masjids
more accountable and transparent:
4- Be accountable beyond the
Muslim organizations, although established to primarily serve the
Muslim community, are in fact there to serve the entire community,
Muslim and non-Muslim. Muslim organizations need to be
integrated in the overall fabric of Canadian society.
In the heydays of Muslim civilization, from Baghdad to Cordoba, Muslim
organizations, including schools linked to mosques, served people from
all denominations. When Muslim schools in Canada, for example, become
model schools for a well rounded education, non-Muslim parents may want
to send their kids there like Muslim parents send their children to
catholic schools today. The message of Islam is sent to the Worlds and
Muslim organizations must therefore be accountable to the entire
community, Muslim and non-Muslim. Being accountable will help the
mosque undertake its central mission of propagating the message of
mercy to all mankind.
Dr 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.
Humble Building, Humble Leader
The finished building
was, by the conscious desire and design of the Prophet, peace be upon
him, very humble indeed. The private apartments, built for his personal
residence were even simpler, consisting of one large room for each of
his two wives. This was the Prophet’s style, from which he never
It was the style of a Prophet and not the grand, pompous style of kings
and princes. The simplicity of the Prophet’s Mosque and private
apartments should not be ascribed to the limited financial resources of
the Muslims at that time. Even when those resources became abundant,
the Prophet never changed his austere style of living.
The Prophet’s insistence
on working with the Muslims in the actual building is illustrative of
his Prophetic style. No king or prince would join in manual labour. One
Muslim who was overwhelmed by the sight of the Prophet carrying earth
and bricks, rushed to relieve him, and offered to carry the load:
‘No! No!’ replied the Prophet graciously, ‘you are not in greater need
of God’s mercy than I am, but you can take another load, if you like.’
Such humility and natural courtesy were characteristic of the Prophet’s
leadership. At least five times every
day, the Prophet made himself available at the Mosque, to lead the
prayers and recite the Qur’an.
When he delivered sermons he would stand. His voice though most
natural, was characterized by a deep, clear and sweet eloquence. When
pleased and at ease, his face would assume a
curious radiance likened, in many accounts, to that of the moon. Though
his sermons were almost always very short, they invariably left the
profoundest impression on the minds of his audience.
at Madinah by Dr. Zakaria Bashier, p. 50-51.