A Proposal to Hire a Muslim Chaplain for the Youth at Masjid - 1 A Proposal to Hire a Muslim Chaplain for the Youth at Masjid-ul Mumineen Houston

A Proposal to Hire a Muslim Chaplain for the Youth at Masjid

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1 A Proposal to Hire a Muslim Chaplain for the Youth at Masjid-ul Mumineen, Houston, Texas, USA Motto: Chaplaincy Role in Community Development, A Critical Need in 21st Century! Preamble Our community, the Nigerian Muslim Association of Greater Houston (NMAGH) otherwise known as Masjid-ul Mumineen, has existed for over a quarter of a century. Its origin stemmed from some Nigerians who came to the United States for their college and graduate school studies, who decided to stay in Houston to build careers, develop businesses and raise families after successfully completing their studies. The need for networking, socialization, cultural development and religious fellowship inevitably led to the establishment of the NMAGH. Our community has systematically moved from offering a social/cultural focus to a full Islamic community providing a range of services. The second generation of Nigerian-Americans has come of age. In ensuring that we duly attend to the needs of all age groups in the community, we have developed programs customized for different groups. Consequently, our masjid is now being utilized as a multipurpose community center that serves various constituencies: adults and children have access to Arabic language classes and an Islamic school, respectively; professionals have access to a networking center; grandparents have access to a rejuvenating center; and all groups and associations also have access to a meeting center. Our community is a very diverse one. It is not only Nigerian, but it is also comprised of African Americans who are regularly joining the community. Our population together with other African American is close to 2,000 of which the percentage of youth is 45%. On the whole, youth is well adapted. However, some are in-between, while a few are performing below
2 expectations. So, because of these few individuals that are performing below expectation and those who are in-between, I want to seek the indulgence of the management of this institution, Masjid-ul Mumineen to hire a Chaplain whose responsibility is to coordinate the affairs of our youth, who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

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