Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Mosque Manual Published

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Mosque Manual Published

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THE ISLAMIC SHURA COUNCIL OF SOUTHern California (ISCSC; shuracouncil.org) has unveiled its five-volume Masjid Operation Manual. The five, professionally produced slim volumes focus on governance, policies, operations, programs, safety & security.

"Over the years, we realized that nearly all masajid are operated according to individual management styles/preferences rather than a standardized system," Executive Director Shakeel Syed said. "As a result, the performance and/or services of a masjid cannot be measured in the absence of a benchmark/baseline. Hence this manual. Not only, it oífers a minimum baseline standard/system but provides a system through which each succeeding board has a reference to work with."

ISCSC will complement the manual with hands-on training workshops with subject matter experts (management; legal; finance; etc). After groups complete the two steps (manual and training), ISCSC will begin peer-evaluations and grading of the mosque based on this standardized system. …

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