March 30, 2010

Million Dollar(s) Masajid

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم

I was listening to a speech and the question was asked "how much does it cost to build a masjid?" the speaker asked an imam there and the answer was "12 million."


12 million! Are they making it out of jewels? geez lueese. The very basic masjid would need
  1. a prayer area
  2. gender bathrooms
  3. a women area
and that is about it. All the other bells and whistles can come later. I am dealing with money and how it applies to Islam (people taught me wrong things and am weeding them out) and I noticed I have issues (more about that in another post iA). I understand we like beautiful things but you can get beautiful things locally and cheaper it doesn't have to be a brand name.

I would get an idea of what the community wanted (the amenities) and approach an engineering firm to get the blue prints and get proposals from building companies in a bidding war. I don't see how it can be complicated. You can build a residential building (WAY more complex) for less than a million. I don't buy it. Either someone is not doing their research, choosing 'friends' for the project or pocketing the cash. I don't see how the cost could be so much.

There was a cute little masjid where we used to live and it cost $5 million dollars to build. It was cute VERY cute but if they were to put it up for sale there is no way on this earth anyone would pay anywhere near that price. I think there is a real disconnect with the community when projects like this are made.

Whatever happened to renting a place? moving on to maybe buying a building that is better suited? and then building a masjid if the community so needs it? why jump the gun and saddle the community with a multi million dollar complex (that aint even cute or family friendly)?

RANT to be continued....


Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

salaam alaikum,

I find it so sad that todays masjids are multimillion dollar projects. Such a waste of money and for what-fancy carpets, chandelliers, etc...? That money could have been spent on the needy. There are muslims starving around the world, and instead these people are building fancy masjids. We as muslims should keep it simple and stick to the sunnah. Our prophet and his companions would never have built such elaborate masjids and wasted so much money! Such a shame

Candice said...

Our local masjid is a large rented room with a woman's section divided with those crossed wooden pieces that people use in gardens or for a light fence or barrier with a white sheet-like thing on top. It's nothing fancy but it does the job!