Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Stolen 1MDB Money for Haj

On Friday, PM Najib Razak (right) was in good spirits as he cheerfully gave out offer letters to 1,200 imams and village chiefs for them to perform the haj – and this was happily claimed to have been sponsored by gasp! 1MDB. 

Needless to say, the recipients were elated.  

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad slammed the gesture, saying that “stolen” money from 1MDB should not be used to sponsor the pilgrimage as it cannot be considered “halal”.

The empty tin can that is Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria (left) rapidly rose to Najib’s defence – pronouncing that it was up to Allah to determine whether a person’s pilgrimage is accepted or not. 

Two thoughts straightaway came to mind. 

First, he shouldn’t have passed the buck to Allah! It is just not right. 

Second, he didn’t deny that the money was not stolen. That means he was forced to put a spin on this 1MDB side story. 

Another thought barged in. Isn’t it clear-cut what is halal and what is not halal? 

Mahathir himself raised some interesting questions on the “haram halal” issue in his blog http://chedet.cc/ on January 23, 2018. 

Anyway, theft is a serious crime in Islam. According to islamweb.net, without a doubt, it is haram (forbidden). 

In this case, punishment is amputation of the hand at the wrist, that is the joint between the palm and the forearm. If we follow hukum syariah, that is.

And I read and understood from the said website that “the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention) cursed the thief because he is a corrupt element in society, and if he is left unpunished, his corruption will spread and infect the body of the Ummah (Muslim community)” (Webpage http://www.islamweb.net/en/article/136791/the-ruling-of-theft-in-islam). 

What more is there to say? Stealing is haram, that I am clear. But clearly not to Najib.

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