Sheikh Mahmoud gives the Friday khutbah with new topics weekly. He covers a wide range of subjects such as Islamic beliefs; Islamic guidelines; Qur’anic tafsir; and Prophet Muhammad’s character and life.
He provides weekly speeches on Friday nights for men and women. He also gives a weekly speech on Saturday nights for ladies. Each Saturday after Fajr prayer, he offers a short talk. Sheikh Mahmoud covers diversified issues including Islamic basics; Muslims’ relationships with non-Muslims; respecting other people’s religions; being a good citizen and law-abiding person; how to become righteous; dealings with and respecting one’s neighbors; teachings of the Prophet Muhammad; understanding and interpreting the Qur’an; and implementing the teachings of the Qur’an in one’s life.
Sheikh Mahmoud addresses each topic from the point of views of the four schools of thought (Hanafi, Shafi’i, Hanbali, and Maliki). He teaches an ongoing tajweed (Qur’anic recitation) class and previously gave a course on the sciences of hadith. For the children and young people of the community, Sheikh Mahmoud organizes and teaches at the ICCP’s weekend school.
Sheikh Mahmoud provides leadership to community members by tending to their spiritual needs. He encourages community members to visit him by appointment each day during his evening “office hours.” He attends to people’s spiritual needs at times of bereavement not only by officiating at funerals and burials, but also by visiting the homes of the bereaved families to recite Qur’an and to give talks encouraging people to remember Allah during difficult times. He also performs marriages and counsels community members about marriage and family issues.
Sheikh Mahmoud has worked tirelessly to support the building of a new mosque to accommodate the increasing number of community members, especially the number of worshippers on Fridays. The first phase of the project’s construction is complete. He is leading the drive to encourage people to donate funds for the second phase.
Sheikh Mahmoud has a strong belief in respecting non-Muslims and in establishing good relationships with non-Muslim organizations. During Sheikh Mahmoud’s tenure, with the support of the ICCP board, many church and synagogue representatives have visited the ICCP to learn about the true teachings of Islam toward other religions. Sheikh Mahmoud has, in turn, visited several other faith organizations and has given talks about respecting and dealing with non-Muslims. He has gained admiration because of his constant interaction with several leaders from other faiths. Sheikh Mahmoud also encourages interaction at the ICCP with representatives of governmental and private non-religious organizations, so they can learn about Islam and Islamic teachings.