Be a lifesaver

Adopt an Imam in Africa Today!

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Picture this: You are the Imam of a Masjid in rural Malawi. You studied for 7 years under great scholars in South Africa. You are unapologetically passionate about Islam and preserving Islam. You have a beautiful family. A wife and three children. Your parents are your dependents too. Like every parent, you want nothing but the best for them. You are the community's hero. You are their leader. When they need support, there is no doubt who they will turn to. When they are hungry, you offer them everything you have. When a child becomes an orphan, you take them in. You are an Imam. You are the heir of the Prophet ﷺ to them. You know the responsibility is great.

Unfortunately, you only earn $30 a month.

$30 a month to take care of your every need. Your parents every need. Your children's every need. Your community's every need. You live in one of the hungriest, poorest countries in the world. You are expected to be a pillar of strength, a guiding light, an advisor, a mentor, and a role model.

You have lofty dreams and aspirations. You dream of completing a university degree, owning a means of transport, paying school fees on time, fixing your mother's house roof, beautifying your Madrassah with essentials like a chalkboard and charts, and most importantly, you dream of performing Hajj one day.

Their expenses are far greater than their income. Sadly, Imams are not subject to salary increases or performance bonuses. They get what they get, and sadly, they don't have a say in it.

Imam across Africa earn pattance of salary

Solution: Monthly Assistance of $105

The Imam Development Program provides Imams from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, and Mozambique with a comprehensive package. The most important part of the package is the lifesaving monthly assistance of $105 as a top-up to their salaries. This aims to provide vital support by bridging the gap in their income.

Why Support Imams?

Closeness to the Prophet (ﷺ)

The Harsh Reality. How can an Imam survive and thrive under these circumstances?

Closeness to the Prophet (ﷺ)

How Imams Spend Their $105 Stipend a Month.

Closeness to the Prophet (ﷺ)

The Enormous Role of an Imam

Closeness to the Prophet (ﷺ)

The Enormous Benefits of The Stipend to an Imam

Closeness to the Prophet (ﷺ)

For many, this monthly stipend is a lifesaver.

For many, this monthly stipend is a lifesaver.


Imam Maulidy Ramadhani Juma
'The IDP stipend really saw me through.'

“One day, my mom called me at midnight, and she told me someone in our family had passed away, and his boy was still in the hospital. She had to pay some money, totaling $120. I sent my stipend to her, and we succeeded in taking him from the hospital to bury him. It was a difficult time, and the IDP stipend really saw me through.”


Imam Hussein Douglas
'I am paying school fees for two needy Muslim students.'

"I saved my stipend and used it to start an Irish potato farming business. I also used it to top up my Airtel Money/Mpamba Agent business. I am paying school fees for two needy Muslim students at the secondary school level. And I also saved my stipend and bought appliances for my house."


Imam Wahana Amos
'I'm able to buy medication for my blood pressure.'

"Right now, my kids don't have any problem going to school; they are able to go to school with fully packed lunch boxes and also carry some money with them. And also, I'm able to buy my medication for blood pressure every month because this type of medication was so expensive, but right now I can afford it because of the stipend that I get from IDP."

Make a commitment today: Become an Imam Lifesaver.

Your Zakat is more than just a donation; it's a lifeline for Imams facing daunting circumstances. With your support, you have the power to break the cycle of debt, poverty, and stress that many Imams endure. Your Zakat doesn't just sustain them; it empowers them to become the true community heroes they are meant to be.

About the Imam Development Program

The Imam Development Program is dedicated to preserving the deen through the cultivation of exemplary Imams. Our mission is to inspire and empower Imams to become effective community leaders through an exceptional support program thereby uplifting their communities and fostering positive change.
Over the past decade, the Imam Development Program has made a significant impact, directly improving the lives of over 460 Imams across 10 countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Through tailored support and training initiatives, we have witnessed tangible transformations within communities, with Imams playing a pivotal role in promoting unity, education, and improved well-being.
Our commitment extends beyond individual development; we believe in the collective power of communities. By nurturing strong, compassionate leaders, we aim to create ripple effects that will be felt for generations to come across borders on a global scale.
As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our mission to cultivate exceptional, visionary Imams who will continue to lead with integrity, compassion, and dedication to the betterment of their communities.
Imam Development Program is a registered non-profit organization (2009/016746/08)/ PBO (930057429). All contributions towards this initiative are zakat eligible and tax-deductible.