Sunday, 30 September 2012

Bribery and Corruption

The Bloomsbury essential dictionary defines Bribery as; “the act of giving somebody money or another essential incentive to do you a favour, especially an illegal or dishonest one”. It defines Corruption as; “dishonest behavior engaged in for personal gain.”

Even without going into much detail we all know that bribery and corruption are socially, morally and mentally indecent. However, it is unfortunate how these vices have become the order of the day. One does not have an excuse to engage in such behaviors because Allah clearly prohibits them. If we truly fear Allah and we want to enter His paradise, then we must behave as good Muslims so that the whole world will see the beauty of Islam in us. Allah says:
And eat up not one another’s property unjustly (in any illegal way e.g. stealing, robbing, deceiving, etc), nor give bribery to the rulers that you may knowingly eat up a part of the property of others sinfully.” Ch2 V188

What we need to put into consideration here is that we will all account for our wealth on the Day of Judgment. We will account for each and every penny, how it was acquired and how it was spent. Another important issue is that any wealth that is unjustly gotten will not benefit the owner. Why do we think our children have become the source of our nightmares nowadays? Do we think we will feed them with Haram (unlawful means) and expect good out of them? Why do we think robbers, thieves, kidnappers, etc have become rampant nowadays? Why is it that we gather all sorts of worldly things yet we can’t sleep with both eyes closed?

We need to ponder on these questions and ask how the sahaba’s [companions of the Prophet (S.A.W)] lived their lives, the way he praised them and how he warned about the wrongdoers.
 Here is a hadith:Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) as saying: 0 people, Allah is Good and He therefore, accepts only that which is good. He then made a mention of a person who travels widely, his hair disheveled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky (and thus makes the supplication):” O Lord,0 Lord,” whereas his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothes are unlawful and his nourishment is unlawful. How can then his supplication be accepted? (Sahih Muslim, Book 5, Hadith 2214)

Allah commanded the believers as He commanded the Messengers by saying:”O Messengers, eat of the good things, and do good deeds; verily I am aware of what you do” (Ch23 V51). And He (SWT) also said: “O those who believe, eat of the good things that We gave you” (Ch2 V172)

Let us all look at these issues properly and fear Allah (S.W.T) Who warned us beforehand not to indulge in such activities. May He protect us and continue to guide us aright.

from the Ideal Muslim Worker

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