In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent and The Most Merciful
The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing
Executive Committee (2010-2011)
January 14th 2010, 8:00 PM
Executive Committee (2010-2011) Meeting
Date: January 14th, 2010
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Islamic Center Library
Mahmood Mousa, Abubacker Kulam,
Ihab Darwesh, Taufiqul Islam, Minhas Meghani, Nureini Dinki, Abuzar
Saglik, Bassam Mahmood, Khaled Hammoud, Jamal Malek, Nadia El-Husseiny,
Iffat Sumbal, Jamila Hanson, Faiza Hajiabdi, AbdulMajed Katranji
was decided that EC would meet every Thursday after Isha for the next
three weeks till planning phase for 2010 is finalized for all committees.
Notice Boards Utilization:
Iffat brought the attention towards the misuse of notice boards space
on the sisters’ side. It was discussed that we should have a
better mechanism of posting ads/notices on the notice boards as there
is no formal process and anyone can attach anything on the notice boards
which in some cases not acceptable and deems inappropriate for the image
of the masjid. Br Mousa offered to provide two notice boards with
glass covered to provide better control of the space.
EC Meeting Minutes Posting:
was brought to attention that should these meeting minutes be made public.
No conclusion was reached and the issue will be discussed at a later
Anwar Khursheed conducted leadership workshop on January 10th.
It was discussed how beneficial it was for the committee and how should
the committee utilized the knowledge gained from the workshop.
Women’s Committee Plan:
Iffat provided the brief overview of Women’s committee role, organization,
members and their respective duties, financial resources and planning
for 2010. Sr. Iffat will provide the detail plan in writing.
Friday Night Circles/Activities:
Mousa proposed that Friday halaqa should be a combined activity for
the whole community instead of different genders and age groups conducting
their individual circles. It was decided that every other Friday
be a family night where there will be a combined halaqa for the whole
family regardless of age, gender, etc. It was also decided to
have different activities on Friday night to increase the attendance
as well as mobilize the community.
Education’s Committee Plan:
Nadia provided a brief overview of Education committee plan. Sr.
Nadia will provide the detailed plan for Education committee in writing.
The emphasis was given to Sunday school. The issues regarding
Sunday schools were male teacher recruitments, students’ attendance,
and discipline in the classes. It was also suggested to bring
Sister Jamila Jones, former full-time school principal, from Indiana
every weekend to assist with Sunday school as well as other activities.
Coordination among different committees:
A better coordination is required among different as some of their responsibilities as well as their plan overlap each other and instead of each committee doing similar activities, these should be well coordinated to get the best possible outcomes. Some of the activities discussed were:
English learning classes coordinated by sisters could be also be utilized by Community Services Coordinator, Education Coordinator.
New Muslim education could also be shared between Dawah and Education committee.
Relations will also coordinate with Education and Dawah so activities
could be shared and don’t overlap among different committees.
Hamid Gazali will be coming to Lansing on last week of February to conduct
education workshop, especially for Sunday school. His expertise
may also help GLIS for school accreditation.
Public Relations Committee Plan:
Katraji presented a brief overview of how PR committee will perform
its duties as well as personals responsible for different roles and
activities and how he will coordinate with education and dawah coordinator.
And he is also planning to bring a well known speaker in the Educational
area to train the full-time school staffs. Br. Katranji will provide
detailed plan in writing.
Dedicated room for womens’ activities:
suggestion was made to have a dedicated room in school. The room
will be used on daily basis by sisters for after hours, weekend and
Youth Committee Plan:
Khaled Hammoud presented a brief layout of activities planned out for
male youths, which would include halaqas, basket ball tournaments and
other activities. Sr. Raghda would assist the youth activities
on sisters’ side.
Dedicated room for finance coordinator:
Abuzar suggested having a dedicated room for masjid finance attached
community dinner will be held on last Saturday of this month.
Ticket for individuals will be $5 each and $20 for the family.
January 21st, 2010 after Isha
December 31st 2009, 8:00 PMAttendees: Mahmood Mousa, Thasin Sardar, Minhas Meghani, Bassam Mahmood, Jamal Malek, Abubacker Kulam, Abuzar Saglik, Taufiqul Islam
• Committee Plans & Budgets
• Committee Members & structure
• Immediate activities (community dinner, bake sale, Friday activity, News Letter....)
• Recruitment tables after Friday
• Leadership workshop
• Education Workshop by Br Bassam
• Community Services Committee Plan by Br Taufiq
Rules and Regulations for attending EC Meetings:
The following items were discussed
EC meetings will be started right after Isha prayers. All participants are requested to attend the meeting on time. It was also requested that members should try to attend all the meetings and make sure they don't miss any meetings. In case some one is unable to attend the meeting, please assign a delegate to attend the meeting on behalf of that person.
in case a committee coordinator is not able to attend a meeting for any valid reason, then one of his/her assigned delegate must attend the meeting. We agreed that all coordinators to bring the name of their delegates in the next EC meeting. And in the following meeting, all the delegates would attend the EC meeting with their committee coordinator to get a first-hand experience of EC meetings.
Parking situation behind the Muslim house
Only half of the parking area adjacent to the Muslim house is ours, and the remaining half belongs to the apartment there, but our people occupy that entire parking area during Jumuah prayers, leaving no space for the people in the apartment. So we decided to hand out a printed materials about parking rules & options at the Islamic center.
Dawah Committee Plan for 2010;
Br Bassam discussed the summary of his plan for 2010 for Dawah committee.
The Dawah committee will be divided into three subcommittees.
The first subcommittee will be responsible for running activities inside the Islamic Center such as: Friday Circle, Friday Sermon, Ramadan Programs, Running Islamic teaching classes, etc.
The second subcommittee will be in charge of delivering the Dawah and introducing Islam to both inside and outside the Islamic Center. The subcommittee will train approximately ten brothers and sisters on how to educate non muslims about Islam. It will also be responsible for accepting invitation from other religious organization and also inviting others to Islamic Center. Dawah inside the prison will also be one of the responsibilities of this sub committee. There will be one person incharge of Dawah activities inside prison.
The third subcommittee will be responsible for working with education and PR committee to prepare activities through workshops that will benefit the community at large.
The complete plan will be provided in writing by next meeting.
Br Bassam will also provide the guidelines for attending funeral by next meeting
There is a plan of hosting education workshop by the end of February. Details will be provided by Br Bassam, once the schedule is finalized with Br. Hamid Gazali.
Community Service Committee Plan – 2010:
Br Taufiq presented a draft version of his plan.
The committee will comprise of three sub committees.
1) This subcommittee will be responsible for community health and will try to provide the following services.
a. Health services to the community
b. Need assessment
c. Doctors Meeting about the health of the community in March 2010
2) This subcommittee will be involved in conflict resolution, premarital, parenting, and marriage counseling, in coordination with the Imam.
a. Selecting Counselor
b. Conflict resolution
c. Parenting counseling (Seminar/Workshop)
d. Premarital and Marriage counseling (Seminar/Workshop)
3) This subcommittee will provide services to refugees, in coordination with the Social and membership Committee and local refugee-service agencies.
Br Taufiq will provide the complete plan as soon as it is finalized.
January 14th, 2010 after Isha.
Date: December 17th 2009, 8:00 PM
Attendees: Mahmood Mousa, Nureini Dinki, Taufiqul Islam, Najm Salman, Thasin Sardar, Abubacker Kulam, Minhas Meghani, Abuzer Saglik, Khalid Abdallah, Jamal Malek, Sani Abbas, Farhan Bhatti, Bassam Mahmoud
There was no formal agenda for this meeting and was a follow up of last EC meeting.
Following were the issues and suggestions that were brought up in the meeting.
1) Status of transition process
Transition process is still going on from outgoing EC to the newly elected EC. No major issues were reported.
2) Selection of Imams for daily prayers and Friday Prayers
Br Bassam will provide his plan for Dawah Committee that will also include the process of selecting Imams for Daily Prayers.
3) Khateeb for Friday Prayers:
Khateebs for the next two Friday prayers will be finalized soon.
4) Recruitment of volunteers for new committees
Suggestions were made to appoint a person responsible for managing the list of activities as well as maintaining a database of personal interested in volunteer work and their relative expertise.
Another suggestion was made that each committee could provide a plan of action to the community after Maghrib or Isha prayer as well as to ask for volunteers to achieve theirs goals.
5) Communication among different members
It was verified that all new members are now part of EC email list and are receiving emails. It was also suggested that members should check their emails at least once a day for updates if any. Special emphasis was given to ask women’s committee coordinator or her representative to participate in all the EC meetings.
December, 31st 2009 after Isha
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Education Committee ReportBy Zubair Ahmad
2008-09 SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Sunday School re-opened on September 9, 2008 after summer break with new administration and more streamlined admission procedures. The EC approved nomination of Br. Jawed A Faruqi as the new Principal of the Sunday School. Principal Faruqi is a CS and IT person employed with MSU. He is assisted by Br. Aftab in discharging his responsibilities. Prior to opening of school, the admission policy was streamlined and admission forms were pro-actively mailed to the parents for early registration with incentives to avoid rush on the first day of school. We hope parents and students will adapt to the new admission system in future years. The other significant change was streamlining of instructional material. Effective this year, the Sunday School started using the Weekend Learning Publishing books customized for weekly instructions. The books are based on 12-year curriculum laid down grade by grade. The curriculum is designed for each grade with 30 lessons a year for typical 30 days of weekend classes and each lesson finishing within class time. The current enrolment of the Sunday school is about 155 students (80 boys and 75 Girls). The Sunday school collected $12,500 in fee and donations. The most critical challenge facing the Sunday School is shortage of teachers, particularly the female teachers. Currently, the Sunday School teaching staff is comprised of 10 teachers (6 male and 4 female teachers).
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