Ramadanic reflection- masjid (mosque) leadership
To the leadership of all US based masjids, may Allah accept your efforts, dedication and good intentions. It’s no easy task to establish a masjid and keep it open; a task that is especially challenging during the month of Ramadan. Know that Allah will reward pure intentions with His utmost generosity.
But know too that as you assume such leadership, you also assume it’s consequences.
For every woman who cut her ties with the masjid and moved farther from God because you don’t provide her a welcoming space, you are responsible.
For every child who now hates the masjid because you yelled at him/her or greeted every noise they made with a scowl, you are responsible.
For every man who cut his ties with the masjid because his wife and/or his children were made to feel unwelcome by your policies, you are responsible
For every convert who sought to learn about his/her faith in your space but was met with a tone of indifference, you are responsible
Leadership is not a title nor is it for the faint of heart. It is a heavy responsibility that unfortunately many of us take lightly.
As we attempt to draw nearer to Allah during the month of Ramadan and as we reflect on our behaviors to best ourselves one Ramadan to the next, let’s not forget to take account of the responsibilities we assume as mosque leaders and better our spaces.
May Allah forgive all of our shortcomings and may He guide us to the right path
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