Taraweh imam Application form

The ideal candidate aligns with our values and can be a leader for our congregation during Ramadan 2020.  Do you feel you fit this bill? Do you identify as an American Muslim? Are you open to leading prayers in jamaa’, without a barrier between men and women, that is inclusive of anyone who identifies as a Muslim?  Then accept our challenge and come down to Austin for Ramadan during 2019!


  • Hafiz of Quran would be ideal, but is not required

    • You will need to demonstrate a strong command of tajweed and qirah

  • Strong and deep knowledge of Quran and Sunnah that can be translated through khutbahs, qiyam, motivational talks

  • Ability to interact with and relate to American youth

  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds

  • A sense of humor and ability to have fun

  • Open to learning

Responsibilities include:

  • Moving to Austin, TX for the duration of Ramadan and Eid

    You do know Austin is one of the best places to live

  • Leading taraweh every night

  • The following is TBD as we do not have our own space but are sharing a space with another congregation

    1. Leading all  5 daily prayers

    2. Any sessions for children or specific segments

    3. any lectures to be given:

      1. post fajr

      2. post witr

      3. Qiyam during the last 10 days

  • Lead Jummah for all Fridays

  • Possibly lead Eid prayer

  • Represent Muslim Space at community events

  • Feel free to propose things you would like to do

Benefits Included from Monday, April 20 through Sunday, May 24 - 2020

  • Round trip ticket to/from Austin

  • Reasonable and private accommodations

  • Transportation will be provided → assuming you have a valid driver’s license, we will cover the cost of a standard rental car

  • $5000 salary for this duration

Please complete the form below

Name *
Address *
This is where we will review your resume. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile then please email your resemue to info@muslimspace.org
In your own words, tell us why we should hire you. How are you a cultural and knowledgeable fit for Muslim Space? Share a 1-2 minute video. Feel free to show personality and leadership. Make us like you. (Upload your video to Youtube and share a private link)
Post 3 links to lectures and/or khutbas that you have given in English. Select sessions that clearly show your engagement with the audience, your level of Islamic knowledge, and how you will be a cultural fit to Muslim Space. Feel free to show personality and leadership. Make us like you. (Links can be private Youtube links, your personal site, or from any organization’s website.)
Post the link to 1 video that will show your proficiency with Quran recitation. The recording must be at least 10 minutes. Share more links to show different styles. Bonus points if you make us cry.
3 Letter of Recommendation *
Email us 3 letters of recommendation. The letters should be written by someone who knows you well and can vouch for your character, leadership, knowledge, relevant experience, and your personality. The letters should explain how the author knows you and for how long, how they have engaged with you, and why they recommend you for being Imam for Muslim Space during Ramadhan 2019. This is an opportunity for you to shine, especially if you don’t have a long resume to stand behind you. The letters should be sent directly from the author to info@muslimspace.org by Feb 28, 2019.

Current service Drives

Food pantry at northeast high school

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Too many children in our community struggle each day not having enough food to eat. Many schools offer breakfast and lunch options but often time the dinner table is scarce or empty. 

Muslim Space has set a goal of providing 25 meals a month to help maintain and stock the food pantry at Northeast High School, an AISD Title 1 school. Each meal feeds a family of 4 and costs around $9. 

little free libraries

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Two-thirds of low-income families have no children's books at all in their homes. These kids often don't have access to any reading material once school is out for the summer, causing a cumulative, significant reading achievement gap that compromises students' learning potential and ability to succeed. And it robs them of the joy of reading! 

One way to help remedy this disparity is to provide kids with easy access to books year-round. This where Little Free Libraries come in. These little wooden boxes on stands serve as neighborhood book exchanges, where kids can borrow and return books at any time. 

Muslim Space volunteers constructed and installed 4 Little Free Libraries as in underserved areas of Austin. Your contribution will help in maintaining an inventory of books in each of these Little Libraries. 

back to school supply drive

Alhumdulilah this year’s project was a great success! We sent 45 students back to school with fresh supplies.

Let's get the school year off right! Muslim Space has partnered with MCSS to provide back to school supplies to refugee and low-income students in our community. Your support will help provide a new and fully stocked backpack to these kids, many of whom are still adjusting to their new environment. 

The cost of each bag is $45 and any contribution is helpful.

Feed it forward

muslim community serves - god's family dinner

Each week the University Baptist Church, Austin hosts God's Family Dinner, serving hot meals to hungry souls. Meals are healthy and served with dignity. 

In an effort to include more religious diversity, the church reached out to the Muslim Community seeking representation of clergy. Sh Mohamed-Umer Esmail will be on the serving line every 3rd Thursday of the month. Please sign up to join the project. 8 volunteers are needed each week. Let's try and fill half the spots inshAllah.

To sign up to serve, follow these steps:
(1) Go to the Care Calendar at http://carecalendar.org/
(2) Log on using this information: 
Calendar ID: 80598, 
Security Code: 9350
(3) On the calendar, look for the date where you want to volunteer. Needs that have already been filled are in green; unfilled needs appear in red. Click on the need (in red) you would like to fill.
(4) In the "Helper Signup" section, enter your name, affiliation, phone, and email.
5) Click the Sign Up button.

Muslim space Book club

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Join us for a monthly book club where we read and discuss from a diverse selection of books aimed at expanding our understanding of Islam, humanity and the world around us. The books selected address faith, spirituality, current events, emotional enhancement, fiction and more.

Here are the details:

  • We will read and discuss one book per month. Participants are welcome to jump in and out as their interest and schedule permits.

  • Reading the book to be discussed is not a requirement to join the meeting.

  • Welcoming women and men to participate

  • Kids welcomed to tag along

  • This event is free aside from the book purchase


Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam - Fred Donner (280 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

The origins of Islam have been the subject of increasing controversy in recent years. The traditional view, which presents Islam as a self-consciously distinct religion tied to the life and revelations of the prophet Muhammad in western Arabia, has since the 1970s been challenged by historians engaged in critical study of the Muslim sources.

In Muhammad and the Believers, the eminent historian Fred Donner offers a lucid and original vision of how Islam first evolved. He argues that the origins of Islam lie in what we may call the "Believers' movement" begun by the prophet Muhammad―a movement of religious reform emphasizing strict monotheism and righteous behavior in conformity with God's revealed law. The Believers' movement thus included righteous Christians and Jews in its early years, because like the Qur'anic Believers, Christians and Jews were monotheists and agreed to live righteously in obedience to their revealed law. The conviction that Muslims constituted a separate religious community, utterly distinct from Christians and Jews, emerged a century later, when the leaders of the Believers' movement decided that only those who saw the Qur'an as the final revelation of the One God and Muhammad as the final prophet, qualified as Believers. This separated them decisively from monotheists who adhered to the Gospels or Torah.

Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty - Mustafa Akyol (368 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.

The Prophet - Khalil Gibran (92 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

A collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. Each essay reveals deep insights into the impulses of the human heart and mind.

If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran - Carla Power (350 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

An eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.

Difficult Conversations - by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen (351 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

This book provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to:
· Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
· Start a conversation without defensiveness
· Listen for the meaning of what is not said
· Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
· Move from emotion to productive problem solving

Broken Wings - Khalil Gibran (60 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

A tale of tragic love, set in turn-of-the-century Beirut. A young woman, Selma Karamy, is betrothed to a prominent religious man's nephew. The protagonist (a young man that Gibran perhaps modeled after himself) falls in love with this woman. They begin to meet in secret, however they are discovered, and Selma is forbidden to leave her house, breaking their hopes and hearts. The book highlights many of the social issues of the time in the Eastern Mediterranean, including religious corruption, the rights of women (and lack thereof), and the weighing up of wealth and happiness.

After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam - Lesley Hazleton (258 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

Combining meticulous research with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the volatile intersections of religion and politics, psychology and culture, and history and current events. It is an indispensable guide to the depth and power of the Shia-Sunni split.

Muslim Teens: Today's Worry, Tomorrow's Hope - Dr. Ekram and Mohamed Reda Beshir (256 pgs) purchase here

Offers Muslim parents a practical guide for meeting the challenges of raising teens in today's world.

History of God - Karen Armstrong (487 pgs) purchase on Amazon here

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present.


Building bridges

School LIbrary book drive

March 6 - April 4, 2019

April 4 is National School Librarian Day and April 11 is National Library Day. Last year we delivered Ramadan-Themed book bundles to public schools in the Austin area and beyond as a way to not only enhance an understanding of Islam and Muslims, but also to normalize the presence of Muslim narratives in our school libraries. This year we want to return to the elementary schools with age-appropriate books. 

This year’s book selections are: “Drummer Girl” by Hiba Masood & “For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousufzai’s Story” by Rebecca Ann Langston-George

Each book bundle costs $20 and we plan on delivering a total of 150 bundles to area schools. 

You can sponsor a bundle by donating here. If you'd like to help distribute the book bundles please contact us here.

National Police Week

Coming soon!

Sponsor a bundle today

"Some stereotypes are too delicious to dispel. Others, not so much."

In honor of National Law Enforcement Day, Muslim Space will be delivering donut bundles to law enforcement offices in the Austin area. Each bundle will also contain a copy of the UPF produced short film "American Muslims: Fact vs. Fiction". We at Muslim Space believe that the sharing of information and knowledge is the best way to eliminate stereotypes and enhance cultural understanding. These DVD's were designed to dispel negative stereotypes of Muslims and the perceived threat of Islam in the West.

Each bundle will cost $25 and we are hoping to deliver a total of 30 bundles.

You can sponsor a bundle and schedule a time and location to deliver to. For more info contact us here.

friday prayers

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Church of The Savior

3402 Little Elm Trl, Cedar Park 78613



open community friday prayer

Open, inclusive and barrier-free Friday prayers are conducted weekly and welcoming to everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, sect affiliation, ethnicity, etc. Sermons will be in English with content that is timely and relevant to our lives. Children are encouraged to attend.

Khutbah/sermon and jumah prayers will be lead by men. 

Sermons and prayers are often delivered and led by volunteers. If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer please fill out this form.

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sisters only friday prayer

A unique opportunity for women in the community to gather, strengthen the bonds of sisterhood and pray together as one. 

We also invite our interfaith sisters from all religious backgrounds to join us as observers, participators, and supporters. Children (boys under 12) are encouraged to attend. 

Khutbah/sermon and jumah prayers will be lead by women. 

Sermons and prayers are often delivered and led by volunteers. If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer please fill out this form.

Quran Reflection & 

Youth islamic study circles

Quran Reflection is a reflective and interactive discussion on one's personal understanding of selected Quranic verses. Appropriate for adult women & men. Please bring along your favorite Quran/books/material to reference.

Youth Islamic Studies Circle is for children of preschool, elementary, middle school and high school age and focuses on various Islamic topics and tenets in a fun and interactive format. Appropriate for school age children 4-18
October’s topic is "WISDOM"

Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot.

Quran Reflections - guiding principles

Reflect together upon the Quran in a spirit of 

  • Respect: For all books/people/traditions held in esteem by a participant, whether one agrees with it or not.

  • Honesty: Express your own truth and convey how the Quran becomes relevant in your personal realm.

  • Empathy: Listen without judgment. Listen to the other person's truth.

  • Dialogue: Seek common grounds. Do not feel the pressure to be right like in a debate.

"Silence is the sea and speech is like the river. The sea is seeking you: don't seek the river. Don't turn your head away from the signs offered by the sea."

Rumi - Mathnawi 4

Youth Islamic Study Cirlces

pre-k & kinder

when - Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 - 11:30am

where -  Austin Central Library, Room 613

what to bring - enthusiasm and a desire to have fun

Grade 1-5

when - Saturday, October 26th  from 10:00 - 11:30am

whereAustin Central Library, Room 614

what to bring - positive attitude and an eagerness to learn

middle & High school

when - Saturday, October 26th  from 10:00 - 11:30am

where -Austin Central Library, Room 615

what to bring - Notebook, pencil & the willingness to participate.

Previous Quran Reflection & Youth Islamic Studies Circles.

code of conduct


Those who attend all gatherings and functions sponsored or hosted by muslim space will be expected to oblige to our Code of Conduct. 

  • All are welcomed - We are a welcoming & inclusive community. Expect a warm welcome, regardless of who you are or where life has led you!
  • We each have our ways - Everyone here is working towards self-improvement and personal growth - in their own way. This is to be respected and honored by all. 
  • Be mindful - Strive to be aware and attentive to the present. Rather than focusing on preconceived notions, approach each moment with an open heart and mind. 
  • Children will be children - Children are always welcome. We entrust parents to be conscious of their children and ask others to be accommodating a child's needs and actions.   
  • What to wear - Modesty and cleanliness have long been respected (and often demanded) by Islamic institutions. There is no required dress code and we ask everyone to see others by the content of their character, not their appearance. 
  • Leave your mark - Every resource is blessing from God so please aim to leave a place better than how you found it. 

"Our deepest strengths are not when we are apart but only when we come together in ways we uniquely can." - Khalid Latif


Muslim Space is currently seeking committed volunteers to fill specific tasks and roles. Details for each job are listed below. Please contact us to sign up or seek more info.

Ramadan 2019/1440 events

  • Volunteers needed: 10-15

  • Frequency: We will have 1-2 times planning meetings prior to Ramadan. The events occur at various times throughout the month of Ramadan. Please see this calendar for more dates and details.

  • Hours required: as many as you can commit to.

  • Description: Muslim Space puts on a number of events in Ramadan including, but not limited to, potluck iftars, Storytime Readings, Feed It Forward, Community Iftar, Women’s Qiyam service, Zakat al-Fitr distribution, and Eid celebrations. We need a group of committed folks who can help with planning and execution of these events.

    Please contact or email info@muslimspace.org for more info or to sign up.

Youth Islamic Studies Circle Facilitator

  • Volunteers needed: 3 per class (Pre-K & Kinder, Elementary, Middle & High School)

  • Frequency: 1 Saturday a month + 1 planning meeting a month

  • Hours required: 5-6 hours/month

  • Description: Will work with 3 other facilitators to coordinate the curriculum of the class. Will meet on a monthly basis to schedule and develop the curriculum (approx 1.5 hour). Will prepare for 1 class a month (approx 1.5 hour). Will facilitate the class (1.5 hour).

  • Additional info: Must be comfortable interacting with kids and parents.

    Please contact or email info@muslimspace.org for more info or to sign up

Youth Engagement Events

  • Volunteers needed: 2-3

  • Hours required: 3 hours/month

  • Frequency: every other month

  • Description: Depending on the event, we need assistance setting up, assisting young children during event to make/assemble craft/project. Help break down and clean up event site.

    Please contact or email info@muslimspace.org for more info or to sign up

Food pantry shopping & drop off

  • Volunteers: 2

  • Hours required: 2-3 hours/month

  • Frequency: once a month

  • Description: Manage monthly donation for Reagan HS Food Pantry project. Will need to purchase groceries, sort into 25 meal bags, and coordinate a drop off time with the school rep.

    Please contact or email info@muslimspace.org for more info or to sign up

  • Volunteers: 4

  • Hours required: approx. 10 hours total

  • Frequency: annual project. March 18th - April 4th

  • Description: Every year Muslim Space delivers book bundles to area ISD’s to commemorate National School Librarian Day. This group of volunteers will be tasked with coordinating with ISD’s, managing & collecting donations, and scheduling distribution.

    Please contact or email info@muslimspace.org for more info or to sign up

School LIbrary Book Drive Project



Operational committees are the driving force that keeps Muslim Space in motion and our community active and engaged.  The committees draw together people with different expertise to share information and coordinate actions. Each committee offers flexible time commitments and responsibilities as well as support and guidance from the Board of Directors and the Scholar Advisory Board.

Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

islamic enrichment

This committee coordinates and arranges for all educational and Islamic programming such as workshops and classes, congregational prayers, hosting guest lecturers, Quran discussion groups and more. The committee relies on the Scholar Advisory Board but encourages free thought in its activities.

Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

social & recreation 

Developing community strength and unity isn't limited to knowledge-based programs. This committee coordinates social and recreational programs in order to cultivate a strong connection between members of the community while also building a sense of fluidity in all aspects of one's life.

Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

Community & Faith Engagement

This committee works towards fostering relationships and building bridges with communities of faith (both inside and outside the realm of Islam) and service organizations. It creates opportunities to address the various needs of the community, both inner and city-wide as well as civic and spiritual. 

Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

finance & fundraising

Financial transparency, accountability and fiscal sustainability are the mechanisms to establish community confidence of an organization. This committee is entrusted with developing creative fundraising efforts that are unique, resourceful and collaborative.

Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

youth   engagement

Tomorrow belongs to our children and teens. Through empowerment, guidance and engagement, they will boldly and confidently take the reins of the future. This committee creates programs for youth of all ages that aim to instill an ownership and pride of their American-Muslim identities. 

Artwork courtesy of  Umbreen Ahmad

Artwork courtesy of Umbreen Ahmad

Communications & outreach

This committee serves as the voice and ears of the organization. It coordinates public relations and communications to the community, manages member services and solicits community input and feedback. All of which will aid in adequately addressing the needs of the community. 

statement of principles


The policies of Muslim Space are based on the following principles:

  •  The sources of Islam are the Holy Qur'an and the authentic (or 'sahih' in Arabic) practices (Sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Cultural, ethnic and nationalistic traditions are personal practices and not sources of Islam
  • Muslim Space values that diversity strengthens the human experience. “Oh mankind, We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into races and tribes, so that you may identify one another. Surely the noblest of you, in Allah’s sight, is the one who is most pious of you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (49:13)
  • Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an. The language of communication and for conducting activities of Muslim Space is the English language.
  • Sect, school of thought (or 'madhab' in Arabic), cultural/ethnic/nationalistic traditions are personal preferences and not a community policy.
  • Muslim Space is committed to projecting and promoting Islam in its original egalitarian, pluralistic and just manner.
  • Women and men are equally responsible to put forth the effort, develop and implement the policies and activities of the Muslim Space.
  • Muslim Space is an open space with no gender barrier and embraces the values of modesty, purity of heart, and clarity of conscience. Segregation of the sexes is not a guarantee of righteousness.
  • Muslim Space advocates equal access and equal treatment, in line with the ethics and codes of Islamic behavior as practiced in the time of the Prophet. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any form.
  • Muslim Space aims to create an environment where every attendee is welcome and affirmed with kindness, compassion and respect for all fellow humans as sisters and brothers in humanity.
  • There is no compulsion in religion. The role of Muslim Space is to inspire spirituality, not to compel dogma. Muslim Space does not judge people or classify Muslims. Muslim Space aims to be an inclusive and inviting haven and a beacon of light to all.
  • Muslim Space is a local organization, giving priority to local and national American efforts. Preoccupation with cultural and political activities abroad is inconsistent with its mission.
  • Muslim Space honors the constitution of the United States as the guiding legal principle of the Nation and shall abide by all the applicable laws of the land.