In the following sections have an evaluation of the challenges facing theMuslim American community and more specifically the masjids and theirfunctions.
II.Function of the Masjid
The community is growing as are the needs and challenges of thecommunity, thus the masjid must grow along with the needs of thecommunity and provide services of the community. It’s important formasjids to perform surveys and evaluations of the services, programs andperformance.Statistics are also important to keep in order to see who your community is,trends, demographics, etc. This will also assist with fundraising strategies,events, programs, and services as well. The masjid should provide the following services/functions:1)Community Center The primary function of the masjid should be a place of gathering forworship/salah, for weddings, for social functions, etc. Additionally, itshould be a place where people of all ethnic, racial and religiousbackgrounds feel welcome. Additionally, we should welcome peopleinterested in Islam and reverts welcomingly and not neglect certainsegments of our community and make our masjids ethno-centric.Additionally, the masjid should be an open forum of ideas, projects,initiatives and support positive community projects, initiatives, etc. Thisincludes Muslim businesses and organizations (that are ethically,financially, and ideologically sound).2)Social Services (Counseling, Zakah/Temp Help, Marriage Services,Health Services, and Funeral Services) The masjid needs to accommodate the needs and challenges of thecommunity and establish services that cater to the growing problemsand demand for services in our community. We must create newservices, such as counseling to accommodate the need for marriagecounseling and personal counseling. In addition to this the creation of
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