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.
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…