ENDOWMENT (WAQF) PROJECTS
Masjids are a popular choice of donation for people who wish to beneﬁt from the immense reward of providing people a safe place to perform Salaah.
Masjids are not only built for the donors themselves, but also for loved ones who have passed away for them to be able to earn enduring rewards even after passing away.
Masjids come in various sizes and designs according to the needs of the area and the speciﬁcations of the donor.
Smaller Masjids typically cater for 100-150 people, and would include a handpump for wudhu, and a single minaret to place loudspeakers for Azaan.
Qur’an classes are held within the prayer hall by the Imam.
Besides an Imam’s residence, additional buildings are not needed.
87 small Masjids have been constructed and many have Imams under YMA’s or the donor’s direct employ.
Medium sized Masjids cater for around 500 people and include a small diesel pump and water tanks to provide water to the taps in the dedicated wudhu area.
Typically the prayer hall can accommodate 300 people and a courtyard is included for the surplus attendees.
The design may include 2-4 minarets depending on the donors wishes.
Multiple Qur’an classes and teachers would require lodgings and additional classrooms.
To date, 21 medium Masjids have been constructed and have Imams under YMA’s or the donor’s direct employ.
The size, design, and costs of each mosque vary greatly. However, generally the starting price can be considered as US$20,000 and this will include a shallow well and Imam’s quarters.
Islamic centres are large mosques, which can typically cater for 500-1000 people or more.
In addition to the prayer facilies, a school is usually included, which is beyond the standard Qur’an classes.
This will require separate classrooms and lodging facilities for teachers.
With such Islamic centres a large well and reservoir tanks are also included, as well as a solar powered or diesel pump.
The plots of land purchased are expansive to allow for future development. If the donor choses additional services like dispensaries or even buildings to rent out can be included to allow for income generation that will enable the project to be self-suﬃcient and require no further or on-going donations to meet running costs.
These types of projects are often in large towns, cities or at the very edge of cities to maximise the amount of people who can beneﬁt from them. The areas chosen often eventually get engulfed by the city and the funconality of the centre only improves with me.
YMA can build such centres from scratch and take on full custodianship to ensure they keep running without problems in future. Additionally YMA can also work with a charity or multiple charities or multiple individuals to set up and run a joint project if the costs are too high for a single organisation to bear.
To date 15 Islamic centres have been built by YMA and remain under YMA custodianship.
The cost of an Islamic centre varies wildly depending on land price, size, design and services to include.
The typical starng price is US$30,000, including handpump, lodgings and classroom
YMA has custodianship of a few properties that are generating rental income. These are
1. Pangani Estate Block of 9 ﬂats.
2. Mua Park Westlands Two Maisonees.
3. Elite View Kileleshwa One ﬂat
4. YMA Waqf- Kirichwa 20 ﬂats
5. FCB Mihrab Hurlingham 2 Commercial Oﬃces.
The rent from these properties combined is more than US$200,000 per year. This not only contributes to all of YMA running costs, but also to 70 full orphan sponsorships in addition to that.
Notable amongst the above is the Kirichwa property of 20 ﬂats, which on its own contributes $150,000 annually to YMA. This project cost $1,200,000 to complete (Land, taxes, rates and construcon and ﬁngs). In terms of money generated, this property can pay itself oﬀ in under 10 years.
Another notable example is the FCB Mihrab Building in Nairobi, where YMA holds 2 Oﬃces. This cost YMA $400,000 and contributes $30,000 a year to YMA.
This property can pay itself oﬀ in less than 15 years.
From the $200,000 generated annually, $50,000 goes towards the orphan sponsorships. The remainder is spent on the running costs of all YMA acvities. YMA has in its employ (In head oﬃce, orphanage, schools, dispensary and farm) a total of 151 full-me staﬀ.
Additionally, 50 Imams and teachers at each of the Masjids and Islamic Centres under the custodianship of YMA, are also employed under our Islamic, Religious Educaon and Da’wah Programs.
A waqf project similar to those above would be a huge contribution to the Muslims of Kenya. YMA no longer has running costs due to the current Waqf properes.
A new property’s income will be entirely for the poor.
Now a new block of 20 ﬂats (cosng $1.2M and generang $160,000 monthly) can fund every year:
100 orphan sponsorships, a new large Islamic Centre with Imam and teaching staﬀ, 25 wells (with handpump and concreting) capable of supplying a large town, 50 widow/elderly family full-year food sponsorships, and $10,000 on Da’wah events and publications. All this will be repeated every year.
YMA has an experimental waqf project in its farm in Garissa.
The reason it is experimental is that new things are always being tried and those which show
promise will be adopted.
Currently, the farm has:
1. Cattle for milk production – This is the longest running of the experiments and is quite productive. This generates $5,000 per year. This is with a modest
2. Firewood – wild trees can be harvested for ﬁrewood which is a necessity among the poor as aﬀordable fuel for cooking and heating. This is a not an income
generating project, but is freely distributed among est the poor and also needy instructions.
3. Vegetables – This is a work in progress as we are still in the process of seeing which vegetables produce the best yields and are the most marketable. Our last crops were tomatoes, but they weren’t as productive as we hoped. Furthermore, they are not hardy and too easily aﬀected by too much or too little rain.
4. Mangoes – This project is still in its development stage as more trees are required before it can become proﬁtable.
Once our research stage is completed, we will look into the development of the farm on a larger scale to try to create jobs, reduce food costs at the orphanage, reduce food costs for food aid and generate income.
Further to the farm, other development projects are also being looked into. E.g. brick making, house construction, recycling, processing etc.
However, these are only in research stages. Currently the most promising is a brick making and house construction initiative. This is through an innovative new technology called Hydraform. More information on this is under the Empowerment section.