Masjid Today
Strengthening Our Masjids through Shared Experiences
Jumad Ath-Thani 30, 1433  
May 10, 2013   
  Masjid Today Team  

Editorial Team:
Samana Siddiqui
Taha Ghayyur

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Ahmed Murad, Director

  Masjids & Imams in the News  

Principles of Transformational Leadership


By Humairah Irfan

3- Principle of Facilitation

The ability to effectively facilitate the learning of individuals, teams, and other reliable and reputable resources. Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline says the primary job of leadership now is to facilitate the learning’s of others. The inborn quest of humans (staff) to learn more and more becomes the leaders greatest asset to address organizational challenges. Transformational leaders have been given a sacred trust of being stewards of their staff’s intellectual capital. 

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


Tip for Counseling Youth


Don't Over Identify 

There is a danger of trying to match teenagers experience by experience in order to gain credibility. This is a common mistake. It becomes a temptation as you move further from adolescence, but it takes away from the counseling process. Don't feel like you have to have or share a similar experience to help them. If you do happen to have one, avoid the temptation of telling the whole story.

For instance, if you've struggled with an eating disorder, don't feel like you have to launch in to the whole story. Rather, say something like, "I might know what you're feeling like because I've been through a similar situation in life." This opens the door if they want to hear more, but if they don't ask, don't keep going.

Speaking to Influence & Empower


By Jawaad Shaikh

Opening with a Provocative Statement

Try having the very first words that you utter be an attention getting statement.   I do a presentation on Artificial Intelligence and my opening like is “I’ll Be Back”.  I pause and then I ask the audience to yell back who uttered that infamous phrase.  More often than not, I always hear about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his role in the Terminator.  But its this attention getting phrase that gets the audience thinking about my topic and peaking their interest.

For your next speech.  Consider writing your entire speech first and then doing this last.  You’ll be in a better position to find that opening statement that will grab your audiences attention.

Jawaad Sheikh is a professional speaker, coach and trainer. He is the President of Neurotelli Technologies Inc.  A mobile strategy consulting firm. 


Masjid Manners


Conversations in the Masjid

Imam An-Nawawi says: "It is permissible to engage in lawful conversation in the mosque and one may discuss worldly affairs and other things and even laugh, as long as it is about something permissible."

It is reported: "The Prophet would not rise from his place of the Morning Prayer until the sun had risen, and when the sun rose, he would get up.  And they would talk and laugh about [pre-Islamic] days of ignorance, and he would smile." (Sahih Muslim)

Conversations About Masjid Leadership: Finding the Right Imam
By Omar Usman & Shk. Abdul Nasir Jangda

Finding the Right Imam

We’ve all seen the magazine ads for the "Ideal Imam" - a super Imam who is expected to wear a dozen hats and juggle a hundred tasks daily.

So what is a more realistic way to figure out who is qualified to be the Masjid Imam, or community leader? That’s the question this video tackles....

90/10 Rule for Masjids?

90/10 Rule for Masjids?
Professionalism is a concept long lost on the way we handle our organizations, despite the fact that we uphold this concept in our daily lives.

We need 100% of the people to help out in the community, but that 100% needs to identify what talent they want to contribute. The committee of 3, or 5, or 10 – whatever your masjid may be – needs to be filled with the top 10%, and it's going to take 90% more work to find them.  
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Persistence:  The Mantle of Success
By Dr. Mohammed Benayoune

Persistence: The Mantle of Success

What do all successful men and women have in common? Persistence!

The Quran instructs us “O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear God; that ye may prosper.” (Quran 3:200)

This verse clearly tells us that prosperity in this world and the next only comes with permanence, perseverance and persistence.

Organisations that persist in their quest for greatness and are constantly in search of better ways to serve their mission are the ones, which not only survive, but go on to lead their peers.

How do you build the character of perseverance in your organisation?
  1. Belief in the mission
  2. Ensure your people know what is in it for them
  3. Have a clear set of values
  4. Have a clear strategy
  5. Clarify why the alternative to the course you are pursuing is not acceptable 
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Accountability in Muslim Organizations
By Dr. Mohammed Benayoune

Diversify Activities

In this series of "Masjid Today", we highlight a few ideas to make our Masjids more accountable and transparent:

5- Diversify activities to suit all members

In the great days of the Muslim Ummah, mosques played a unifying and pivotal role in Muslims’ lives. They were not only places of worship where Muslims would gather five times per day, but they were also places of learning, debate, governance, and social affairs.

Muslims in North America need to cater for all members of the community including the elderly, the young, women, professional people, business people, students, etc., by allowing people to organize programs that are of interest to them. No segment of the community should be shut off.

As a practical starting point Muslim organization may want to adopt some of the accountability processes which have proved their effectiveness in profit and not-for-profit organizations. These accountability processes include two major pillars:

1. The shareholders (in profit organizations) or the members (in a not for profit) have the final say in the organizations. Through the Annual General Meeting (AGM), they hold the board and the executives accountable for their performance.

2. Outside the AGM, the Board (which is voted by the shareholders or members) holds the executive accountable. The boards usually have committees which scrutinizes the actions of the executive. The majority of the boards have an Audit Committee which works with the external and internal auditors to ensure that all the actions of the executives are in line with the agreements and policies of the organization. A Compensation Committee decides how the executives are remunerated. A Human Resources Committee ensures that the people selected to the senior positions are selected on merit rather than connections. Other committees are created depending on the particular needs of the organization.

The Muslim community in North America is evolving fast and needs a leadership that can keep up with its challenges. The autocratic style used in many Muslim organizations no longer cuts ice with the majority of Muslims.

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.

The Prophet's Mosque
A Vibrant Hub of Learning, Debate, and Spirituality

The Prophet's Mosque

The Prophet’s Mosque, though built in the humble way we have described, had the most glorious place and influence in the history of Islam.

It witnessed the Prophet’s congregational prayers, attended by almost all Muslims, five times a day. It witnessed the recitations of the Quran, by the Prophet himself and by his pious Companions, on many an evening and morning. It was the place to which the Archangel Gabriel descended on many occasions with revelations from God. Because of this Mosque, the land was blessed and Madinah became holy, and the Muslims were honoured by God’s last divine call to the human race.

This Mosque witnessed great assemblies of peace, war and victories. Learned discussions were echoed and re-echoed by its humble walls. Within those walls, God’s final message to mankind was completed and perfected. Students of Quranic truth and Prophetic wisdom all but lived there day and night. Muslims assembled there, discussed their plans for peace and war, and shared their experiences.

They spoke of past experiences in Makkah, and of what was to come in the years ahead. Tales of distant lands went round, and the possibility of spreading God’s final word to humanity held the greatest attraction for them. Often, their eyes filled with tears of love and affection as their hearts mellowed with the Quranic tenderness.

In his simple Mosque, the Prophet received foreign dignitaries and noble deputations. He dispatched Muslim ambassadors to the kings of the world from this Mosque, and there too received delegations offering submission to God and His Word, and paying homage to his person and leadership. 

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

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