Narrated: Az-Zubair bin Al-Awwam The Prophet Muhammad said, "It is better for anyone of you to take a rope, cut wood and bring a bundle of it over his back and sell it and Allah will save his face because of that, rather than to ask the people who may give him or not." (Sahih Bukhari)
One of the many challenges facing the Urban Muslim population is that most, if not all are impoverished to some degree or another. Our mosques are falling apart, our growing families don't have adequate worship and social space in the prayer areas, and our leaders are under paid if they are paid at all. Finally, there is no unique programming to address the transgenerational trauma of those who grew up in abusive or broken households and who may suffer from any number of maladaptive behaviors as a result. Growing up in an environment where the circumstances of poverty pervade every aspect of life leaves many of our children disenchanted with Islam which may cause some of them to seek wealth through questionable means or even leave Islam altogether. To date, the financial growth of many urban mosques is dependent upon an outdated fundraising-dinner model where we hope the immigrant Muslim communities attend and donate generously enough for us to continue to scratch out an existence. Spentem encourages Urban Muslims to be self-sufficient and our institutions financially solvent. We believe that true autonomy can only come after a person is spiritually sound and then monetarily independent.