Imams Toolkit

The role of the imam is one of the most challenging and critical leadership roles in the American Muslim community. Imams are being called on to do more than lead prayers. They are often called on to council families and youth, interface with law enforcement, present Islam to the wider public, and more. This toolkit provides imams with vital research to help them in their important work. Everything in this toolkit is evidence based and draws on the expertise of some of the top scholars of American Muslim societies in the country.

Please contact us at info@ispu.org with your feedback and questions.

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Imams Toolkit

The role of the imam is one of the most challenging and critical leadership roles in the American Muslim community. Imams are being called on to do more than lead prayers. They are often called on to council families and youth, interface with law enforcement, present Islam to the wider public, and more. This toolkit provides imams with vital research to help them in their important work. Everything in this toolkit is evidence based and draws on the expertise of some of the top scholars of American Muslim societies in the country.

Please contact us at info@ispu.org with your feedback and questions.

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Youth

This series looks at the unique challenges that today’s young American Muslims face, including religious literacy, online safety, drug use, and issues surrounding both convert care and race.

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Reimagining Muslim Spaces

This comprehensive collection of resources aims to stimulate and support mosques to meet the diverse needs of their congregants, creating Muslim spaces that are welcoming, well governed, and hubs for hope.

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Marriage and Divorce

This study provides an understanding of the ways in which American Muslims perceive and utilize marriage education and marital interventions.

Mental Health

This collection of resources on American Muslim mental health can help individuals and mental health professionals more effectively address the unique challenges that Muslims face.

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Muslim Philanthropy

This report uses data from American Muslim Poll 2018 to reveal how and why American Muslims give.

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Weekend Islamic Schools

This report identifies needs, opportunities, and challenges for weekend Islamic schools and includes recommendations for teachers, administrators, and parents.

Yaqeen | ISPU Talk Toolkits

Khutbahs and Research Come Together

ISPU worked with the Yaqeen Institute to integrate ISPU research into a series of khutbahs developed by Yaqeen, allowing communities around the country to receive evidence-based and inspiring Friday sermons. These toolkits are specifically developed as a tool to empower and equip imams, youth directors, MSA leaders, and Islamic schools to address topics relevant to the concerns of American Muslims today. Want to use Yaqeen | ISPU Talk Toolkits to start conversations in your mosque about women’s inclusivity, civic engagement, community racism, Islamophobia, or reclaiming the narrative about Islam? Read more and view the materials. Watch out for more topics coming soon!

Building Mosques in America

  • This report is intended as a best practices guide for faith communities, as well as for the professionals and advocates supporting them, as they attempt to develop or expand houses of worship in the face of organized grassroots opposition. Recommendations are drawn from case studies...

  • This report is intended as a best practices guide for U.S. municipal authorities—elected officials,  municipal attorneys, planners and appointed review board members—as they steward and adjudicate development applications for mosques and related accessory uses and attempt to manage and reduce conflict around those proposals. Recommendations...

Helpful Handouts

Who Are American Muslims? Infographic

This handout uses hard facts and human faces to provide a data-driven overview of who Muslims in America really are.

This infographic provides recommendations for weekend Islamic school teachers and administrators to help them better prepare children for the life ahead.

Infographic: Four Ways to Make Non-Black-Led Muslim Spaces More Inclusive of Black Youth

This handout provides recommendations for South Asian and Arab American mosques on creating more inclusive environments for Black Muslim youth.

8 insights into American Muslim giving infographic

This handout presents findings on Muslim charitable giving from ISPU’s 2018 American Muslim Poll.

Muslims Profess More Private Religious Devotion, Less Public Religious Assertiveness Infographic

This series of infographics highlights important findings on Islamophobia, civic engagement, and religious devotion from the 2019 American Muslim Poll.

Muslims are less satisfied with the direction of the country vs previous years, but more politically engaged graphic

This series of infographics highlights important findings on Islamophobia, civic engagement, and Muslim women from the 2018 American Muslim Poll.

Videos

Meet Adam and Mona. They’re Muslim parents searching for a new weekend Islamic school for their kids. What should they look for? Watch this video for evidence-based recommendations for ways weekend Islamic schools can prepare children for life ahead.

Like other Americans, those who identify as Muslims and attend a religious service at least once a week are also more likely to have voted in the midterms. This suggests that mosques are spaces for mobilizing communities toward greater civic participation. Watch this video to learn more.

More Useful Data

The graphs and graphics below show important findings from our 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 American Muslim Poll.

DEMOGRAPHICS + DISPARITIES

FAITH + IDENTITY

MUSLIM GIVING

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

AMERICAN ATTITUDES

Countering Violent Extremism Programs

What You Need to Know

CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) is a government program that seeks to stamp out violent extremism by providing resources to targeted communities to build and sustain on-the-ground prevention efforts. Since its initiation, CVE has become a topic of contention among politicians, critics and scholars. Is CVE effective, or does it unfairly place responsibility upon specific groups (often American Muslims) to prematurely detect terrorist activity? Contrasting viewpoints leave American Muslim communities wondering whether or not they should engage with law enforcement on CVE measures. On our CVE resource page, ISPU compiled resources about Countering Violent Extremism efforts and how they impact the Muslim community, showcasing multiple perspectives.

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