Ahmed Wajid

Ahmed Wajid

Assalamu alaykum,

I have been part of the Plano masjid community since 2014 and currently reside in Plano with my wife and two kids. I am a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and working as an Engineering lead for a Telecom company. I have been blessed to learn the sacred Islamic sciences under the guidance of various IACC Imams and scholars, such as Shaykh Khalil, Shaykh Mokhtar, Ustadh Fahad and Shaykh Arsalan. And have graduated from the 3-year Marifa & Arabic program at IACC Taqwa Seminary – alhamdulillah.  

I believe that the Prophet’sﷺ  mosque (al-Masjid an-Nabawai) should be taken as the role model to maintain and administer any Masjid. As we learn in the Seerah, the Masjid played a very important role in the Muslim community. First and foremost being the place for prayer and worship. It was also a place for socialization where people would connect and build brotherhood/sisterhood. Also, a place for Dawah – where the non-muslims would be hosted. And a place for various other activities such as planning, celebrations, education and much more.  Most importantly, it was a place that welcomed all kinds of people –  young and old, men and women, Arabs and non-Arabs, rich and poor, learned and ignorant, Muslims and non-Muslims. Keeping in mind that there would be differences and challenges when applying the Prophetic model to a masjid in the West during the 21st century, we as believers should strive to achieve the best we can Insha’Allah.  

I have been fortunate to have experienced various roles at IACC – being a Musalli, student, volunteer, committee lead and instructor alhamdulillah. Thus, have experience with understanding and working with different programs at the Masjid.  

 In my humble opinion, the two most important areas in which the IACC masjid can improve in is  

  • Having more transparency and Inclusivity : We need to be more open to feedback, suggestions and constructive criticism from the community and take them into consideration during the decision making process. Also, do much better with involving and utilizing the talent & resources we have. Which can be done by developing mechanisms such as feedback form/kiosk for community members and ensure that their queries and concerns are responded in a timely manner.  
  • Involvement of the Youth : We need to do a much better job with making the youth feel more comfortable &valued at the Masjid, and thus be more involved.  As the Prophet ﷺ said “Whoever does not show mercy to our young ones, or acknowledge the rights of our elders, is not one of us.” (Ahmad). Thus, along with general community support for youth activities, also have dedicated mentors who can guide the youth within an Islamic framework Insha’Allah.  

May Allah subhanahuwataala bless our community & protect it from any trials and hardships and guide us in following what pleases Him – Ameen.