Muslim organizations in the United States are often wonderful and worth supporting. I am sure many of you are doing in this blessed month of Ramadan. However lots of people donate to groups not worrying about accountability. Those that run Muslim organizations prefer to police themselves with yes-men and women surrounding them. They prefer to spend funds and do whatever they want to do with no accountability.
You should consider separating what you think of nonprofit leaders as people, and as fiduciaries for funds that are supposed to be used for charitable purposes. If a Muslim leader prefers to be on his own board of directors and take a salary as an executive, you have a red flag. I have written about this issue previously in Muslim Matters, and a version of this article is now in the latest print edition of Islamic Horizons. You can access the article here if you are not a subscriber.
A very nice person who gives good speeches can be corrupt. Your donations can do a lot of good. They can also enable corruption. It is your responsibility to know what you are doing.
Link Last Week
I wrote about Islamic Estate Planning last week (as I often do) and sent a link to calendar a no-cost and no-obligation 15-minute web conference. Unfortunately, I sent the wrong link. Here is the correct link.
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