Center of Islamic Learning (CIL) NASIMCO - Project Survey - North America : "The Role of the Mimbar Today"

The mimbar (pulpit) has held an important place in the Shia Ithna-asheri Muslim Community. Historically, it is a sanctified place – one that draws people to the community centre in order to gain knowledge or at the least, to simply attend a religious gathering. For the Shia Ithna-asheri Muslim Community, the mimbar has given the platform to scholars to offer guidance, which the community chooses to accept or reject. It has resulted in a unique bond between community members and the scholar, thus paving the way for the community’s religious direction.

The mimbar, therefore, must provide deeply-thought and practical solutions to acutely respond to our social and moral issues. But more than that, it must be a place where people are engaged in active learning and thinking, particularly because the global world faces constant upheavals from poverty and disease to uprisings and invasions. Can’t the mimbar be a positive source of growth and renewal in a community? Can we not educate Muslims and non-Muslims from the mimbar on burning issues and how to tackle them? We must redefine the mimbar from its roots to be a ‘pro-active pulpit’ forging a greater link with the grassroots.

This is an invitation to you to participate in a survey to redefine the role of the mimbar today and help create ethical mimbar guidelines for the benefit of both speakers, executive committees and the general public. Your input is crucial to make this happen which will not only benefit our own community but its reverberations can be felt by wider Shia Muslim communities around the world.

This survey is set up by the Awakening Project. It is a worldwide grassroots-orientated project that seeks participation and reform from community members themselves - madrasah teachers, professionals, volunteers, scholars, laymen and laywomen, youths, the elderly and all those interested in meeting current and future social, spiritual, ethical and cultural challenges. For more information on the Awakening Project for the KSIMC, please visit the following:

Website: http://awakeningproject.page.tl/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Awakening-Project-328495333976352/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK5WdmwJPJDIpXvQuyAUV3w/videos

All answers will be treated anonymously.

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    This section looks at your background and your attendance at mosque / madrasah
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    Part 2

    This section looks at how you see the role of the Mimbar. Please rate the following items in order of their importance to you based on the following rating scale from 1-5 : (1) No, not at all (5) Yes, to a large extent
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