TRUSTWORTHINESS is a very important trait and should not be neglected in carrying out one’s duties, be it in the public or the private sector, in order to prevent corruption, which is a threat to a country’s stability and harmony.
Trustworthiness is a trait that is very much enjoined in Islam. “It is wajib (obligatory) for us to be trustworthy because we will then be a disciplined, efficient, loyal and honest employee, who can be trusted to carry out the duties assigned to him,” imams said in yesterday’s Friday sermon.
They said that trustworthiness is like a shield. “It safeguards us from misappropriation or other un-Islamic practices, such as abuse of power, despotism, treachery and, worst of all, corruption.
“Corruption is a threat to a country’s stability and harmony. It is capable of causing disorder and turmoil in the administration. Corruption may also give rise to other problems such as economic decline and the habit of permitting what is wrong and denying what is right.
“Corruption is bribery that is given to someone with the specific intention of obtaining one’s needs. Such a practice is forbidden in Islam and is categorised as a cardinal sin.
“It is clear then that corruption is not just a major crime in the law of the world but it is also an offence that will incur punishment from Allah the Almighty in the hereafter. Corruption or bribery is not measured by the value of the gift and it implicates the giver, the receiver or the middleman involved in the act.”
The imams said there are several causes of corruption, one of which is lack of faith and piety.
“The person knows that corruption is prohibited by the religion and by the law, nevertheless he commits it because he was blinded by the rewards and incentives. Pressures in life, such as being heavily in debt, may also cause a person to be easily lured into corruption.
“Similarly, weaknesses in the leadership and management of an organisation may provide opportunities for people to unwittingly commit corruption.
“Usually those who commit corruption do so out of greed and the desire to live luxuriously, to increase their income and to have an easy life.
“Islam forbids its followers from consuming that which comes from Haram sources.
“Corruption may be prevented by strengthening our faith and identity. Strong faith and an indomitable personality are resilient defences against corruption and should be reinforced. Society needs to realise just how dangerous and serious corruption can be if it is not resisted and prevented so as to ensure the stability and prosperity of the nation. If every individual is able to inculcate abhorrence for corruption then corruption can be overcome.
“A country without corruption is everyone’s dream because it will bring forth everlasting security as well as the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. Who will realise this aspiration if not us? Therefore let us cooperate with one another in combating corruption because it can bring destruction to life and to the country as a whole.”