A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AMONG KUALA NERUS MOSQUES
Keywords:Financial management practice, mosque, religious institution, fund management
Each religion has its own institution and ways of dealing with all the religious-related matters in the community. For the Muslim community, the mosque, or known as "Masjid" in Arabic, is a place of worship for performing prayers and other religious-related activities. In conducting those activities, mosques usually receive funding from public donations, fundraising, "waqaf", the government and many more. Managing a mosque fund is crucial in order to build trust among the public, and simultaneously safeguard the mosqueâ€™s financial resources. Therefore, it is important for each mosque to adopt good financial management practices in managing funds effectively. The data for this study was collected through a questionnaire distributed to 23 respondents from 14 mosques in the district of Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, to explore their financial management practices. The descriptive analysis surprisingly shows that 79% of the mosques still use a manual system in managing their funds instead of a computerized accounting system. It is timely to develop a customized accounting system to cater the needs of mosquesâ€™ management to set up a systematic and efficient fund management.
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