Shaping the minds of the Maranaws: On wealth without morals; the common aspirations of men
By : Alexander Mangorsi Mindanao Today/01:54:24pm 08/21/2021
Alexander Mangorsi | Bangsamoro Policy Caucus
ECONOMIC crime, also known as financial crime, refers to illegal acts committed by an individual or a group of individuals to obtain a financial or professional advantage.
The principal motive in such crimes is economic gain. Money laundering, plunder, embezzlement or corruption of public funds which may appear legal in their documentary liquidation but they absolutely immoral, wicked and corrupt and therefore they are haram.
Stealing public funds or public money of enormous amount.
This is mostly committed by Politician or government official who amasses, accumulates or acquires ill-gotten wealth through a combination or series of overt or criminal acts as described in Section 1(d) hereof, in the aggregate amount or total value of at least Seventy-five million Pesos (P75,000,000.00);
In our community, this could be committed either by the governor, city mayor and possibly congressmen because of the huge amount involved.
Municipal mayors can commit embezzlement and graft, but not plunder.
Embezzlement, theft and ill-gotten wealth involve mostly our politicians with absolute access to funds or assets which are slated for our province, its component city, municipalities and barangays, but because of our politicians’ lack of solid and strong Iman, their display of greed and voracity, their rapacious desires for Donya and its beauty, and their seemingly lack of values and integrity, their bereft of any sheer commitment to transparency and public accountability, they in most cases embezzle the funds earmarked for their areas for their own private gains rather than investing the public money into projects, infrastructures and other services which could help alleviate poverty and promote economic growth in their respective areas of responsibilities.
And thus, poverty, inequality, underdevelopment and stagnation have always been the inevitable situation in our community.
Decades after decades, Lanao has not redeemed itself from its most notorious dishonorable economic tag – the poorest province because funds allocated for the province for development purposes could not really be accounted for.
And Marawi still a wreaked city even after 4 years for the same reason either.
Government corruption, trade deception and drug peddling, gambling and non-compliance with the Halal Industry.
In Islam, there are all haram and therefore, the Maranaws have to cease from this kind of activity.
The rationale behind all of these tenets of business practices in Islamic economic system is bound by the fact that everything that is good and beneficial for the society is lawful and permissible and anything that causes harm or menace to the society is unlawful and prohibited.
This is the foundation of Islamic business precept and quintessentially forms the ethical system in Islam.
Thus, illegal earnings sourced out of “riba,” 5-6 lending scheme, commercial scams, commercial crimes, embezzlement of public funds, theft, plunder, graft and corrupt practices acts as mentioned above are haram because they invite fitnah, mischief and injustice on the surface of the earth.
It is a compulsory duty upon a Muslim to earn income in a legal way.
Therefore, any Muslim who earn his money illegally has to seek forgiveness from Allah SWT.
It is understood that Islam is a religion that is not harsh and will not allow people to attain prohibited money.
These are just a few examples of the many ways Muslims are taught to think about and handle their wealth.
Your wealth should always be gained through lawful means if you wish to be considered a true believer.
And you can avoid the pitfalls of greed by giving charity as often as you are able after bills, debts and other obligations have been met.
Islam teaches that the wealth a Muslim spends in charity will never decrease.
(Alexander Tomawis Mangorsi is the admin of the Bangsamoro Policy Caucus Facebook page. The Bangsamoro Policy Caucus is an internet-based policy advocate for issues of indispensable relevance and significance to the common welfare and collective good of the Moro People.)