Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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What’s truly important to your community? Is it family programs? Is it education?

Perhaps the talking point in your community is the ever elusive youth involvement.

So if that’s the case, then here’s how you can measure whether you are true to what you say or not.

How much money was raised for construction and expansion? How much money was used to invite speakers and do educational programs? How much is that percentage wise compared to the amount used to hire a youth director? Or fund youth programs and retreats?

If we want to make the masjid a place for the youth to hang out, are we willing to sacrifice other aspects of our building and expansion to make a gym instead? Is it fair to say we care about all the children in the community, then raise millions that will be used to fund a school that only 10% of the community children attend? These are critical questions.

The thing is, it’s easy to say you care about the youth. It’s easy to say you care about having community programs. But does the amount of money you put into it actually demonstrate that level of care?

I’m not saying which one is more important than the other – but just don’t say that you feel one issue is important and then it’s not backed up with your wallet.

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. He works full time in the corporate field, is a PMP, and certified Leadership Trainer through the John Maxwell Team. You can follow him on on Twitter @ibnabeeomar, and check out his latest project - The Fiqh of Social Media.

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2 Comments on “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”

  1. Ibraheem Khalifa

    Ongoing fundraising for masjid maintenance always seems so much harder than fundraising for new masjids.  We have to understand that just constructing a masjid is only the beginning.  If you don’t fund its programs and ongoing expenses it’s just a shell.

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