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Almost Half of Masjids Do Not Invest Their Saved Money

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Finances | 0 comments

The 2013 Needs Assessment of ISNA/NAIT Mosques* found that almost half (43%) of masjids did not invest the money that they had set aside as a building fund or as a contingency fund. In other words almost half of masjids saved money and then kept it in a checking account—benefiting the bank but not benefiting themselves. There is no reason to keep saved money in a checking account and not invest it in recognized Islamic institutions that have a track record of securing the investments of Muslims. One-third of masjids, according to the Needs Assessment did invest their money: 41% of these masjids invested in the Islamic Center Cooperative Fund of NAIT (North American Islamic Trust) and 34% invested in AMANA. The other 25% invested in more large-term investments like real estate, typically houses around the masjid.  Both NAIT...

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Fatwa on the Permissibility of Using Zakah for Building a Masjid in North America

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Finances | 2 comments

Fatwa issued by Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi Question: Can I pay my Zakat money towards the building of masajids, schools, hospitals, etc.? We live in North America and we have no governments supporting our Islamic projects (such as masajid and schools) and maintaining our identity in the west. Answer: Praise be to Allah. In the Qur’an, Allah Almighty has mentioned 8 categories of people who can receive Zakat. Allah Almighty says: “Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.” (At-Tawbah :60) The expression “in the cause of Allah” or fi Sabil Allah...

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The Prophetic Masjid: The Ten Essential Characteristics

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 0 comments

by Ihsan Bagby 1.   Enhances Taqwa Increases faith and improves good character of attendees Encourages a culture of making daily salah Egos are left at the door; ethnic-centric thinking is rejected 2.  Increases Islamic knowledge Increases faith and improves good character of attendees Encourages a culture of making daily salah Egos are left at the door; ethnic-centric thinking is rejected Provides correct and relevant Islamic knowledge in an attractive manner 3.  Builds Brotherhood by being a Welcoming Community Facilitates getting to know one another and building relations Values the inclusion and involvement of all segments of the community 4.   Is Mission-Oriented/Purpose-Driven Takes seriously Allah’s command to strive in His path Masjid is not simply a place of prayer but a center for a purpose-driven community 5.   Serves as a Center for the Muslim Community Takes seriously Allah’s command to...

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Why Do Some Masjids Have Trouble with Sustainable Funding?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, General | 0 comments

by Dr. Jerry Hionis (From Muslim Strategic Initiative http://muslimsi.com/) To be expeditious and answer the above question immediately: many masājid have funding problems because they present themselves as a charity case instead of a worthwhile investment. What proceeds, insha’Allah, is a greater explanation of this statement. Most are aware that there is a crisis within the Muslim community — and in many other religious communities as well — when it comes to the financial stability of the masjid. We have all heard the crazy stories of (or even experienced) “hostage fundraising” during Ramadan or seen the decay of a once beautiful masjid due to neglect. In truth, the question of how a masjid functions financially has two sides: (i) how are funds collected; and, (ii) how are funds spent? I cannot honestly approach the latter question because it is...

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What Type of Clergy Get the Highest Salaries? (Imams get the lowest salary—by far)

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Finances | 1 comment

By Brian Palmer  (from Slate.com) The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that religious organizations are largely exempt from anti-discrimination laws in their hiring and firing decisions. For those who are thinking of getting into the God business, which religion offers its clergy the best pay? Judaism. The American Jewish newspaper Forward conducted a survey in 2010 comparing salaries for rabbis, protestant ministers, and Roman Catholic priests. The rabbis came out on top by a wide margin, with an average annual haul of approximately $140,000, including a tax-free housing allowance. Christian clerics earn more than $100,000 less than rabbis, on average, with Catholic priests making even less.* There are a couple of reasons why: Christian congregations tend to be smaller than their Jewish counterparts and often have multiple pastors. Also, rabbis typically spend more years in training than Christian...

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