Masjid Today
Strengthening Our Masjids through Shared Experiences
Rajab 23, 1433 / June 13, 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

 
  Two Great Trainings for Imams & Leaders in Toronto, Canada  
 

Khateeb Training
(June 22-24, 2012)

KHATEEB TRAINING WORKSHOP

News Media Training
(July 6-8, 2012)

News Media Training

 
 

Principles of Transformational Leadership

 
 

By Humairah Irfan

2- 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. 

Humairah Irfan is a computer engineer by education and runs a professional fitness training program in Edmonton, AB.

 
     
 

Tip for Counseling Youth

 
 

Never Judge!

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.
 
     
 

Speaking to Influence & Empower

 
 

By Jawaad Shaikh

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. 

 
     
 

Masjid Manners

 
 

Keep Your Voice Low to Help Others Focus

Respect the privacy and concentration of others around you while reciting the Quran during  or outside prayer, making supplication, or doing Zikr. 

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 Quran."
 (Ahmad)
 

Improving Social Services for Muslims Must be a PriorityImproving Social Services for Muslims Must be a Priority
By Imam Sikander Hashmi

Recently, 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, Manitoba.

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. 
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8 Things Masjids Can Do to Help Boost Social Services8 Things Masjids Can Do to Help Boost Social Services
By Abdul Malik Mujahid

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.

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.  
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Muslim Misperceptions about Social ServicesMuslim 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 >

Ramadan Khutbas at Your Masjid

Ramadan Khutbas at Your MasjidTime 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 of Sound Vision's unique and practical tips for your Khutbas:
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AccountabilityAccountability in Muslim Organizations
By Dr. Mohammed Benayoune

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 community

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.

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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
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 departed.

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.

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

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