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09 November 2008



A very interesting report. Your comments about masajid highlight another reason why I think there's still so much to be learned from WD Mohammed's community. The only mosques I've found spontaneously welcoming to newcomers have been "his" masajid. Even good and/or enlightened mainstream Sunni mosques are usually, in my experience, distant, more like train stations than community centers. Part of that difference is no doubt at least as much due to socio-economics as well as to immigrant/indigenous cultural differences, but that's the model we need to be using. Until Muslims get better integrated, mosques need to be like Baptist churches in the South than traditional mosques in Muslim-majority countries.


Imam Suhaib Webb taught in our masjid while he was in the US on his summer break from Al-Azhar. He lived in our community, taught here before and during Ramadan, and the youth flocked to his lectures. Like you said, he brought the seerah home, and made me question and understand a lot of things. Best of all, I, who hardly ever went to the masjid, loved going there. And now that he's gone, I still like it, and that's an amazing feeling. We need more leaders like him.


I'm sorry but more division and disunity is hardly what the Ummah needs now. And widening the "generation gap" (an oxymoron in Islam) by sidestepping the elders in your community is a guranteed failure and an immediate shot in the foot. Youthful exuberance and zeal is certainly commendable but is always in need of guidance from those with experience and wisdom. While your criticisms are valid and not entirely misplaced, your soulution is. Developing programs at "your" (another oxymoron) masjid along with the current members of the community is the only way to develop and EXPAND a community as implied as your intention. Starting up smaller niche communities suitable to various groups with their iwn agendas is harldy progress.


Assalam alaykum

I tend to believe that a mosque is merely a 'space'. It's the people that infuse it with vitality, color and culture - essentially it's you and me. If my mosque's getting a little 'cold', I'd be the first to ask myself how warm and friendly I am. It's amazing how one cheer face can spark a wave of salams in a gathering. We create our mosques if we are willing to take responsibility for them.

And so my fellow Muslims (as JFK might have put it), ask not what your mosque can do for you - ask what you can do for your mosque.

Eid Mubarak!

Much dua,
Wa Assalam alaykum wa rahmatullah

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