Funding of Islam

From WikiIslam, the online resource on Islam
Jump to: navigation, search

Funding of Islam takes the form of direct and in-direct methods.

Islamic countries[edit]

In countries under the rule of Islamic law, many lucrative and secure jobs are availabe only to people trained in Islamic law especially the judiciary in Saudi Arabia[1]. In Iran, many executive positions are also reserved for Islamic clerics.

Public revenue is also used to build mosques and pay the salaries of Islamic leaders.

Pakistan which is a major recipient of U.S. aid is well-known to fund Islamic religious schools known as madrassahs. Some believe this funding extends legitimacy to the institutions that crank out Islamic radicals. One educator has said,"Why should we promote a system that uses religion exclusively as a framework? They have played a negative role, and their influence needs to be minimized, not institutionalized."[2]


In June 2007, Belgium officially recognized 43 mosques. Consequently, the mosque officials will receive monthly wages and housing, like other religions.[3] The Belgian Muslim Executive (EMB) chairman, Coşkun Beyazgül, that officially represent the Muslims in Belgium said, "It is of course a belated decision, considering that Muslims were not financially supported for 33 years."[4]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the government is providing funds to promote moderate Islam.[5][6] Millions of dollars are spent to shore up the image of Islam and curb Islamic extremism.

United States[edit]

In the United States, some believe that foundations and the government should provide financing for moderate Islam.[7] Additionally, the U.S. government has funded Council of American Muslims for Understanding[8] to improve the image of Islam.

External Links[edit]


Crystal sand-box.gif This article is a stub. You can help WikiIslam by expanding it. (Login/Create account)