The elephant in the room. Funding is not the problem. Most Sunni institutes/masajid in the UK are sitting on hundreds of thousands (some on millions) and the gullible public continues to give without questioning how it will be utilised. Public funds have been squandered for years on utterly useless endeavours which range from extensions (not even purpose built), decorations, ghyarwi etc. Some masajid are not even registered charities due to the notion that the charity commission has way too much power, and should they feel the need to 'close' the masjid to carry out an audit (if they felt there were reasonable grounds to do so), they are well within their rights. At least that's the story which the treasurers of such masajid spin to avoid the charity route entirely. They themselves, however, would not fair too well under scrutiny, how ironic. In short, funding is not a problem, it's a case of mismanagement of funds and it has been for a very long time. Saudi funding being a gamechanger in the battle between truth and falsehood is a shambolic myth. I'm starting to believe it was conjured up by the very same people who are hoarding our money. After all, who compelled us to eat humble pie because we weren't the recipients of oil money and when did this become a multi-million pound endeavour? The bank balances which the masajid have currently is sufficient. A good imam can be a gamechanger for an entire community but he too comes with a lot of baggage. For an upcoming imam to make headway in the UK, his credentials come way down the pecking order. It is not enough that he is an upright and sahih ul-aqida sunni, he has to be affiliated with an institution/organisation/cult. They will then determine where he will serve the religion through their prism. Masajid have aligned themselves with these places because they have no sense of direction otherwise, who to employ and who to avoid. This is the ground reality in the UK. DI have many masajid, but they will never consider employing an imam who is a graduate elsewhere. Once they have their foot in the door, they will push for their material to be taught at the expense of other literature (also sunni). A JAK graduate will not promote KUH, Suffah tul-Islam will not send an imam to any of the masajid under their control except for a graduate from their institute and if you don't tow the line, you will be suspended indefinitely. Recent events at JTI are enough to substantiate this point. Post graduation, he is expected to be an imam and a salesman. He is expected to bring in a ballpark figure every year, to sit on television in Ramadan and utilise the balagha which he learnt to fleece money from the public. They are expected to exclusively sell and promote the literature of the man at the top of the hierarchy and to direct young adults from those communities to their institutes. This is why a lot of imams in the UK are half baked with little substance, they cannot freely quote Qur'an from the top of their heads, they will give a 'mafhoom' of a hadith in English which is sometimes way off with no references and cannot answer basic fiqh questions, but so long as they further the cause of the organisation, all is well. The ineffectiveness of sunni masajid in contrast to others is the elephant in the room. What are the solutions and how best to implement them? Another five years down the line and the problems would have been further exacerbated and we will be sat twiddling our thumbs on a forum, thinking about the right chose of words which best describes our hopeless state. It's high time young Muslims with a backbone take up positions in committees and oust those who are utterly useless in a strategic way. Despite everything, the masjid is the fortress and communal change will come from within the confines of the masjid.