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Dhaka Tribune

Corruption in a Muslim country?

Update : 21 Jan 2015, 06:08 PM

The religion of Islam, followed by approximately 1.6 billion people in the world, is perhaps the most misunderstood and misinterpreted of religions.

Originally intended to be a religion with one God and one prophet, various interpretations over time has led to many different man-made sects, who seem keen on fighting each other to death.

The Holy Qur’an has often been misused to support political ideologies, which has done more harm than good. A way of life which promises social and personal peace and harmony seems to be a thing of the past.

In Bangladesh, over 90% of the population is Muslim, and ironically enough, we also have a very high corruption rate. I fail to understand how both of these can be true at the same time.

Perhaps it is because we, the Muslims in our country, take words from the Holy Qur’an too literally, when it has really provided many of its instructions metaphorically.

In Chapter 17, Verse 35, the Holy Qur’an clearly states: “And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with a balance that is straight. That is good (advantageous) and better in the end.”

Also, in Chapter 83, Verses 1 to 6, it is mentioned, “Woe to the defrauders. Who, when they take the measure (of their dues) from men, take it fully, but when they measure out to others or weigh out for them, they are deficient. Do they not think that they shall be raised again, for a mighty day, the day on which men shall stand before the Lord of the worlds?”

It is important for us to understand that these instructions are not only meant for shopkeepers who are selling products based on weight, but for everyone belonging to every profession. Whether you are a banker, a teacher, or a high government official, you have to give your 100% in your job, and make your income halal (permissible) for you and your family.

It is not enough to lead a corrupted life and then perform the Hajj (and get “purified of all sins”) after one retires. We have to lead a good life all the way through, and have to feel compassion for others who are needy and helpless. That is what Islam and the Holy Qur’an asks us to do. 

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