When Masjids do not welcome children, children will find other places to go. At the Masjid children often receive criticism for their noise, for how they dress, for playing basketball instead of praying Sunnah, and so on. In the schoolyard, children receive praise for their jokes, their clothes, and their athletic abilities. Where will our children prefer to spend their time?
Plan to "upgrade" your Masjid in the coming year with ideas to reconnect to the community and make it the dynamic, including optimistic Friday sermons, a Muslim joke festival, a Facebook page, and a way to text donations, among other ideas.
When you are an Imam or a Khateeb, you talk. People ask a question, you talk. You perform marriages, you talk. You conduct funerals, you talk. However, it is good listening which will help us carry out our responsibilities. Here are some suggestions for better listening for Imams.
If your Islamic organization does not have a long-term plan, it is important to develop a planning committee which can take input from the community and present a plan for feedback and adoption. While they are working on a long-term one, it will be good to adopt a one-year plan through your board. Here are some ideas.
Abdul Malik Mujahid reminisces about the simplicity and beauty of the Masjid of the Prophet, along with the many roles it played in the early Muslim community, from a place of prayer, both individual and collective, to a hub of social interaction and social services for all.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when Masjids and Islamic centers must also join in and make the Muslim community more aware of this crime, as well as how to curb it within our families. These are seven practical ideas they can use to do this.
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