Where oh where is my local Eid ki namaz?

Am I the only one who’s sick of mosques that don’t bother to announce the time and location of Eid prayers on their websites?  This is basic, folks. 

Don’t just announce it verbally after tarawih prayers–POST IT  in the places people are most likely to look.

At the the start of Ramadan our local moque announced on its website "RAMADAN MUBARUK 1427 A.H.! Ramadan starts on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006." and has been mum ever since.

This is especially irksome in a small town where there are unlikely to be multiple prayers due to the limited number of attendees.  You can’t afford to be spending time driving around searching, and the people you might call will there first thing in the morning.

Tonight their phone number is either busy or rings for all eternity.

I’ve seen the same thing at major, nationally known mosques in Washington DC, as well, so it’s not just the result of a mosque being small or remote.

Administrators of mosques in the US need to study their counterparts in churches and synagogues, which often have bulletin boards, newsletters, directories, calendars of events, etc. 
I’m willing to make some allowances for the fact that most mosques are too broke to hire professionals to tend to do these things, but this is just too basic and too easy to rectify.   It’s one of Islam’s two great holidays and a crucial part of community life.  What’s the point in having a website if it’s not going to provide this kind of essential (and blindlingly obvious) information?  The mosque in question took the time to post a link to recent article by Zaid Shakir, but can’t find the time to post this vital information online.

Now I have to drive all the way to the mosque at midnight to see if they have it posted somewhere. 

Grrr…

Eid Mubarak, though.  Hopefully, you know where your local salat is.

Update:  Just got back from the mosque, which had a tastefully laid-out and computer-generated sign on the door with the time, location and directions from the mosque.  They included the contact info for the hall.  They’d even laminated it.

Despite the hordes of highly tech savvy people in the community, we’re employing a basically medieval medium, relying on the doors of houses of worship for important public announcements (e.g., Martin Luther’s famous 95 Theses)

We have slick websites, we print out fancy laminated signs, but we aren’t organized and proactive enough to distribute the information in a comparably modern and professional manner.  I sense symbolism…

  • Alex Lahoz

    Salaam ‘alaikum,
    I feel for you.
    They could at least have caught up with the 1970′s and left an outgoing phone message with the details.

  • Alex Lahoz

    In any event, glad you fouind out, ‘Eid Mubarak.

  • http://www.masterofthejinn.com Irving

    Eid Mubarak Dear Brother:) May Allah bless you and your family on this joyous day, and in all the days and months and years to come.
    Ya Haqq!

  • http://www.progressiveislam.org/blogs/omar OmarG

    Salam and Eid Mubarak. You know what they say, though: only the people who come for tarawih and prove thier dedication deserve consideration! Someday, maybe someday, instead of just using us as a voting block, the establishment will actually start caring about our souls…

  • http://saqi.wordpress.com/ Saqi Namah

    Salam and Eid Mubarak. Hopefully the Ummah will catch up with technology eventual

  • http://muslimapple.wordpress.com Muslim Apple

    I don’t know which masjid you go to but most of the ones around me had it up on their websites on Saturday or Sunday by 10pm and sent it out on their email list. And before Ramadan began, they announced which methodology they were following for determining the new month.
    Perhaps, no one could be bothered to do it at your masjid in which case you should volunteer yourself to work on website updates or mention it at a community meeting.


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