Mosque Guidelines


"And worship Allah and associate naught with Him, and show kindness to parents, and to kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbor who is a kinsman, and the neighbor who is a stranger, and the companion by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom your right hands possess. Surely, Allah loves not the arrogant and the boastful." - Quran 4:36

To received the support of hundreds of Mosques across the country through the official endorsement of the Islamic Society of North America - the largest Muslim organization in the U.S. The Campaign's guidelines are as follows:

  • Mosques and Islamic centers should accurately maintain their financial records, with specific attention to sources of income and items of expenditure with accurate, professional and transparent bookkeeping and financial statements.
  • All activities within the mosque and Islamic centers should be authorized by legitimate, acknowledged leadership, and unauthorized private group meetings and speeches should be prohibited.
  • Most of our mosques do not have permits to allow overnight lodging facilities. It is therefore important that strict regulations about the opening and closing of the mosque be maintained.
  • Traffic inside the mosque should be directed and managed. Designated people should be given the responsibility of providing the specific services people need, such as information about prayer, classes, councils, cafeteria, etc.
  • During Fridays and other days when a large audience is expected, special attention should be paid to bags and other stored items, etc.
  • In case of guest speakers, it is prudent to know who the guest is and the content of the talk he or she is about to deliver.
  • Talks should focus on harmony, emphasizing the fact that we are Muslims and Americans. We need to represent the great values of leading to improved life for all people. Irresponsible rhetoric used should be avoided.
  • Mosques should have a relationship that involves public meetings with the FBI's regional office and local law enforcement.
  • Special programs should be arranged in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies to educate and train the community on how to really detect criminal activities.
  • The mosque should develop a rapport with local media and elected officials in the area. One spokesperson should be responsible for issuing statements and giving interviews that represent the authentic opinion of the legitimate authority of the institution.
  • Meetings and other programs should be held in cooperation with civil rights organizations for awareness and education.
  • It is highly recommended that the mosque be part of an interfaith dialogue and civic alliances and activities.

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