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Strategic Planning: A Must for Masjids by IhsanBagby

Strategic Planning: A Must for Masjids by IhsanBagby

When was the last time that your masjid did strategic planning?   Never?  5 years ago?  A masjid should do strategic planning at least every five years.  Strategic planning is absolutely necessary because periodically any organization needs to step back and re-assess itself and re-formulate its direction and priorities.  The Prophet Muhammad (saaws) said, “Allah loves, when one of you does something, that it is done with excellence.”  Excellence for a masjid entails good planning.  The beginning of the year is a good time to consider arranging to do strategic planning for your masjid.  To get a firmer grasp of strategic planning and its intricacies, everyone is recommended to read Dr. RafikBeekun’sStrategic Planning and Implementation for Islamic Organizations. The best way to go about strategic planning is to hire a Muslim facilitator, who is outside your community, to lead you through the steps of strategic planning.  At this point in time the Muslim community does not have a large number of Muslim facilitators so an alternative path might be needed. Masjid Bilal in Lexington, KY went through a strategic planning process in January 2016, and their experience can serve as an example for other masjids.  An outline of a typical strategic planning process includes (1) a SWOT analysis, which means brain storming on the masjid’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats; (2) looking at or developing the masjid’s vision and mission statement, (3) identify the short-term and/or long-term goals and priorities of the masjid, (4) developing objectives to realize the goals, and (5) setting down a short-term operational plan. To involve the entire community in the process, Masjid Bilal held a...


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Strategic Planning: A Must for Masjids by IhsanBagby

When was the last time that your masjid did strategic planning?   Never?  5 years ago?  A masjid should do strategic planning at least every five years.  Strategic planning is absolutely necessary because periodically any organization needs to step back and re-assess itself and re-formulate its direction and priorities.  The Prophet Muhammad (saaws) said, “Allah loves, when one of you does something, that it is done with excellence.”  Excellence for a masjid entails good planning.  The beginning of the year is a good time to consider arranging to do strategic planning for your masjid.  To get a firmer grasp of strategic planning and its intricacies, everyone is recommended to read Dr. RafikBeekun’sStrategic Planning and Implementation for Islamic Organizations. The best way to go about strategic planning is to hire a Muslim facilitator, who is outside your community, to lead you through the steps of strategic planning.  At this point in time the Muslim community does not have a large number of Muslim facilitators so an alternative path might be needed. Masjid Bilal in Lexington, KY went through a strategic planning process in January 2016, and their experience can serve as an example for other masjids.  An outline of a typical strategic planning process includes (1) a SWOT analysis, which means brain storming on the masjid’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats; (2) looking at or developing the masjid’s vision and mission statement, (3) identify the short-term and/or long-term goals and priorities of the masjid, (4) developing objectives to realize the goals, and (5) setting down a short-term operational plan. To involve the entire community in the process, Masjid Bilal held a...
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Steps to start and manage a Masjid in US

These guidelines are intended to help a group of Muslims establish a new Masjid or streamline the operations of an existing Masjid. They are not to be construed as definitive answers and every group is encouraged to consult with the experts who have gained experience running a successful Masjid around the area. Name of Islamic Center Not trying to suggest a name but it is advisable that you do a little bit of research. Thinking globally and outside your area as to what your website name will be as that is how people may find you. Mission Statement You need to articulate in the mission statement your vision of how you will serve the community. Think it of it as a sentence that may start like this “To serve the Muslim community by…”. Name of Officers You need at least 3 officers even though one person may serve as all 3: 1- President/CEO/Chairman: the person ultimately in charge 2- Secretary: person in charge of keeping records, meeting minutes and all legal documents 3- Treasurer: managing the financials of the corporation What type of Corporation/Legal Entity You can choose from “Inc.”, “LLC” or “Corp” style legal entities. You may want to check with a lawyer or CPA about which is best for you. Legal Address You can have a legal address that is different from where the Masjid will be. The legal address can be a PO Box or that of any of the officers of the organization. Logo While you can add or change logo anytime, it is still best practice to record your logo at the same time...
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Strategic Planning: A Must for Masjids by IhsanBagby

When was the last time that your masjid did strategic planning?   Never?  5 years ago?  A masjid should do strategic planning at least every five years.  Strategic planning is absolutely necessary because periodically any organization needs to step back and re-assess itself and re-formulate its direction and priorities.  The Prophet Muhammad (saaws) said, “Allah loves, when one of you does something, that it is done with excellence.”  Excellence for a masjid entails good planning.  The beginning of the year is a good time to consider arranging to do strategic planning for your masjid.  To get a firmer grasp of...

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Steps to start and manage a Masjid in US

These guidelines are intended to help a group of Muslims establish a new Masjid or streamline the operations of an existing Masjid. They are not to be construed as definitive answers and every group is encouraged to consult with the experts who have gained experience running a successful Masjid around the area. Name of Islamic Center Not trying to suggest a name but it is advisable that you do a little bit of research. Thinking globally and outside your area as to what your website name will be as that is how people may find you. Mission Statement You...

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