Professionalism in Islamic Businesses and Organizations

November 7, 2008 at 10:13 am (1) ()

This post at Muslim Matters really got me thinking, as the lack of professionalism in Islamic organizations and businesses is something I’ve repeatedly faced since my conversion. I have not tried to get involved with the masjid, but in my experience with the MSA and other Islamic groups I have been involved in, in just my short time as a Muslim, it worries me that we are so disorganized. We are missing out on so much.

I think the amount of vision in Muslim communities is astounding, but without the actions to confirm the motivation, things don’t happen. I know I am not the only one who’s been pushed aside or ignored when I’ve offered help in areas in which I have experience. Anyone, regardless of their level of experience, who has the drive to participate should, and subhan’Allah, this should be encouraged! But part of the role of managing any business or organization, particularly an Islamic one, is to treasure and make use of those members who have the experience as well as the desire to take part, and to encourage that. And outside of my limited experience in Islamic media (writing for newspapers and such), I don’t see that happening.

It worries me because I have been on the board and part of the organization of religious communites before I became Muslim, and similar issues are what caused fractures in these communities and impeded our ability to focus on what was really important. It’s all well and good to have goals and vision, but what are we doing in our communities to encourage these visions to be met? And are we truly appreciating and encouraging those who work to meet them? This is really important, because these people create the future of our ummah’s communities, and I know from personal experience that trying to cope with mismanagement leads to burnout and alienation. We cannot afford to alienate our experienced and willing members, and we should be maintaining proper professionalism as Muslims if we seek to start businesses or organizations.

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