Last week the MANA leadership quietly sent out an email informing its readers that there will be no MANA Conference in 2009 (see letter below). The ostensible reason given was to make it easier for the attendees to travel to local/regional events. However, the truth of the matter is that they have lost a frightful amount of money (we’re talking six figures) on the first two attempts, and no one had the stomach to continue squandering tens of thousands of dollars of the people’s hard earned money, in this struggling economy, on another failed conference.
Have any of you wondered where all the money MANA is raising is going? I am not suggesting that it’s being stolen, but when I learned of the extraordinary sums lost on the two conferences, I had to ask myself was the money being spent responsibly. To my understanding, over the past two years, MANA has failed to provide any type of public financial accounting, even as reports continue to circulate at the grassroots of tens of thousands of dollars being wasted. Shouldn’t MANA be held accountable like any other organization? I guess the only real question now is how long will this charade called MANA go on.
The letter reads as follows
Healing and Reconciliation
As Salamu Alaikum, Dear Brothers and Sisters!
On April 30th in Washington, DC, MANA’s Diwan met and decided that MANA will focus, this year, on organizing regional events instead of asking everyone to come to one big MANA national conference. Holding regional events will increase MANA’s reach throughout America and lower the financial burden for attendees.
In the coming months, MANA intends to organize, in various locations, events that focus on its Campaign for Healing and Reconciliation. This campaign aims to bridge the gap between various segments of the American Muslim community in order to maximize our resources and engage in more collective work. In addition to this national campaign, MANA also hopes to organize Healthy Marriage events throughout America that focus on building strong, sustainable families.
If you would like MANA to come to your area, please contact the MANA Office at 859-296-0206.
We eagerly look forward to our 2010 national conference and have already started planning for it.
Thank you for your continued support!
Your brother in faith,
Ihsan Bagby, PhD
MANA, General Secretary