Islamic Reflections

Stop Building Mosques!

Click bait title? Yes. But genuinely this is a post that I need everyone to read because if I could shout from the roof top about the important points Aman Ali makes in this post, I would. Moreover, this is not the first time this conversation is happening either. Imam Khalid Latif has been talking about this issue for a very long time. The solution is not to complacently acknowledge that it is a problem but for all of us to collectively think about our sphere of influence and how we can change the situation. Personally,  I volunteer with mosques or Islamic organisations that I’m passionate about to the point where I can provide input and consultation on the programmes they organise or provide for the community. The Muslim community is achieving a lot and we are doing well but Subhan’Allah we have the potential to be brilliant and soar because our religion has equipped with everything we need to make our lives fulfilling. I hope you find the status beneficial and I would love to know your thoughts in the comment section.

The solution is not to complacently acknowledge that it is a problem but for all of us to collectively think about our sphere of influence and how we can change the situation. In my personal experience volunteering with mosques or Islamic organisations that I’m passionate has been effective to the point where I can provide input and consultation on the programmes they organise or provide for the community.

The Muslim community is achieving so much right now, Subhan’Allah in Ramadan UK Muslims gave £100 million to charity during Ramadan this year. That’s £38 a second! But we have the potential to go further than all of our achievements to date because our religion has equipped with everything we need to make our lives and the lives of those around us fulfilling. But we have to sort out our priority.  I hope you find the status below beneficial and I would love to know your thoughts in the comment section.

Love, 

Muslimgirljournals

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8 comments

  1. I think it’s a natural tendency to think we are doing beneficial work when we have a building. It gives us legitimacy. I say this having worked with Islamic organizations in the past. It’s a little more nuanced with masajid because some people do frequent them multiple times a day, but it’s a rare occurrence. What we need are programs and staff that can address the various needs of our community members who literally have no where else to go. But it takes more effort. There’s no comparable inspiring hadith which we can cite, like we have for building a masjid. And yet, the support system we desperately need was embodied in the life of Rasulullah (saw). It is up to our generation to address this need once again!

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    1. Exactly!! The aspiration is to move back to the model for mosques during the time of the Prophet PBUH because the masjid was truly multi-functional in those times and a space to address all sort of community needs and issues. I pray that Allah gives us the wisdom and persistence to be the generation that addresses some of these issues, Ameen.

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  2. I very recently had a conversation with a convert who said she was thinking of leaving Islam because she feels no sense of love, no sense of community at ANY mosque she’s ever been to. Each one is equipped with it’s own form of segregation and “cliques”. Most of the ones I’ve been too don’t have particularly welcoming board members, or don’t have ANY programs that would help anyone in a domestic abuse situation, to go along with Aman’s post, which I totally and completely loved by the way. This is an amazing topic and one I plan on writing about as well, but I really hope to see our Ummah put their actions into words.

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    1. That’s quite sad and it’s unfortunate because it varies with every mosques. Going forward I think it’s important for women to have greater representatuon on the board because most of the time it’s male dominated. Thank you for commenting and I look forward to reading your post on the topic
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  3. The thing is our communities have also evolved a great deal and not necessary alway in the right direction. There was a time when many of what is considered to be the bread and butter of social services (shelters, food banks, counselling) were offered in informal ways by the broader Muslim community. However (especially for Muslims in the West), with each passing generation those inherently cultural support systems are disappearing since we tend to be a lot more individualistic and a lot less prone to nurturing these family/community ties. So, the needs are becoming more apparent, and since our institutions are not equipped to respond to these needs, they remain unanswered. Yes, we tend to put a lot more emphasis on building Masjids, but that is because they’ve always been not only a place of worship but also a place for the community to gather.

    With all the huge Masjids we have, we could easily convert some of the extra space into community centres, where counselling is offered and social services are available. We could run soup kitchens, and daycare centres from the basements. The problem is not so much the building of Masjids, but rather the fact that we are using these massive spaces for only one thing. We need to build our Masjids differently, by incorporating into the design more than a place for worship. In many ways that would be a return to a previous way of envisioning Masjids. Throughout the Muslim world these spaces often doubled as schools, shelters, and soup kitchens. So, there is no reason for us to not go back to that kind of model.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more with your comment and it’s definitely helped me to see things from another angle. Your suggestions about Masjid spaces and the function it has in Muslim communities is amazing and I’ve noted it down. There’s no reason why our mosques can’t be multi-functional and in many ways itcan make mosques instrumental tools for social cohesion and generating community spirit. Thank you so much for commenting! 😀

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      1. My pleasure sister. Please keep me posted on how things work out on your end. I’m planning on making similar suggestions in my area. We have super massive Masjids that we could do so much with. Let’s share strategies and compare notes Inshallah.

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