Friday sermon highlights dangers of corruption

Azlan Othman

Yesterday’s Friday sermon touched on the inequality and injustice caused by corruption, in conjunction with International Anti-Corruption Day, which falls annually on December 9.

“Corruption results in oppression and injustice in society, because it disregards the rights of certain people,” said Imams delivering the sermon.

“Those who do not have the qualification to carry out a trust or job can be eligible through dishonest means.

“Corruption also affects the efficiency and integrity of an administration. If an entrusted person within a certain administration is corrupt, then this will certainly have an impact on the safety of an organisation or country, since what has been prohibited is allowed and what is illegal is considered Halal.”

“We must ensure that we achieve success in the right way that does not violate Islamic law as well as the country’s laws, such as through stealing, breach of trust and corruption.

“Indeed, corruption is one of the most vile and prohibited acts in our faith. It is a social disease that must be avoided, because of its negative consequences in an individual sense, as well as to the rest of society and the country.

“Among its negative consequences are job redundancies, lost positions, loss of dignity and imprisonment.

“Those who give and take bribes are not only committing a sin, but have also earned the curse of Allah the Almighty.

“Brunei Darussalam takes corruption seriously, because it is a dangerous virus that must be curbed and prevented from spreading. Thus, to eradicate corruption in this country, Chapter 131 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been introduced, which provides for a maximum sentence of BND30,000 in fine and a seven years’ jail upon conviction.

“Let us work together in fighting corruption, by reporting such activities to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (NCB).

“Let us also pray to be averted from such an immoral behaviour by exercising trust, honesty and sincerity in every task; helping one another; and avoiding evil. May we receive the lasting mercy, blessings and grace from Allah the Almighty.”