Kudos to MCWS

ASAK. It is heartening to see a Muslim community in our own backyard (Muslim Community of Western Suburbs—Canton Mosque) seriously attempting to get community input before starting an expansion project.

A couple of weeks ago, we received an e-mail from someone in the Canton community indicating that MCWS is working on the services and facilities the community will need in the future. As a way to get input from the community, MCWS engaged an independent research firm, DinarStandard, to conduct a survey to identify and prioritize future community needs. DinarStandard is a New York based market research and growth strategy firm specializing in Muslim community projects and businesses nationally and internationally. They have done work for Park51 and Saffron Road as well as conducted the American Muslim Consumer Study used by Fortune 500 companies.

MCWS’s survey is very comprehensive. A PDF of the survey can be downloaded here:


The survey is 11 pages long, obtains demographic information about the person filling out the survey and then asks numerous questions, most of which have several items listed for evaluation, such as:

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with the following MCWS services?
  • Overall, how satisfied are you with the following MCWS facilities?
  • Which of the following best describe your reasons for selecting MCWS?
  • The MCWS Board is evaluating the priority of improving/expanding FACILITIES. How important are the following to you and/or your household?
  • Which of the following GENERAL EDUCATION/CHILDREN/YOUTH programs will you or members of your household use?
  • Which of the following COMMUNITY/SOCIAL SERVICES programs will you or members of your household use?

It is obvious that MCWS is making a sincere attempt to understand the needs of the community before starting an expansion project. Again, kudos to MCWS.

Ann O’Brien Ahmad


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Robin Mazhar on July 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

    As a former MCWS member, I filled in that survey. It is amazingly in-depth and thorough. MCWS is a growing and vibrant community — I’m really glad to see them planning so diligently for a successful future.


  2. Posted by Quaid Saifee on July 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Ann. I wish we at IAGD had done this when we embarked on our expansion project. Good for MCWS, I wish them all the best. Quaid


  3. Posted by Yusuf 2 on July 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Assalam o alaikum,
    Wow they are doing the work in right direction whereas we are going in backward direction.Simple questions asked have not been answere yet.

    -what are the utility expenses now and what is the estimated cost for the new structure.

    -it was mentioned time and again in Jumma Khutbas that ladies are going to have a separate entrance would there be any.

    -the proposed plan that was shared earlier shows that a huge useless structure will be connecting the social hall and the new prayer hall why do we we need that?it’ll be a huge waist of money and a continuous burden by increasing the utility bill.

    -above all the religious dimension of the plan is that it needs a religious decree that wether it is allowed to change the existing prayer area into a social hall or not .Why can’t they show us a FATWA that support their plan (please don’t mention the names of your IMAAMS because they are just your employees and have kept quite in the past on different issues).

    -the shared plan shows ladies prayer area on the second floor and no cry room .have they asked the moms(with toddlers) and aunties that would they be comfortable with it or not.

    -ladies going for FAJR ,MAGHRIB and ISHA prayer (except Ramadan) do not like to climb on the second floor ,alone.What is the solution for them.


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