Moral War Againt Corruption Advocated

Shiekh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharabutu, Chief Imam (1)A  Fellow of the Ghana Muslim Academy, Wasiu Yusif, has called for a “moral war” to rid the society of corruption.

“Corruption covers a wide range of illegal practices which undermines fear of God, morality, decency, social justice and good governance, rule of law, peace, progress and development of society” he said.

He was delivering a paper on the topic ‘Dealing with corruption in Ghana-The Islamic Solution” at M.A. Mujahid Ramadan lectures in Accra last Sunday. I Islam he said, provided a complete and comprehensive universal guidance and perfect solutions to all human problems including dealing with  corruption.

Quoting extensively from the Quran, and the teachings of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Mr Yusif said Islam discouraged all sinful and unlawful accumulation of wealth.

“We need to revisit the fundamentals the principles (hadiths) of the Holy Prophet regarding etiquettes of public officers on gifts and offers,” Mr Yusif said.

He said the Holy Prophet of Islam enjoined Muslims to desist from illegal enrichment of themselves as demonstrated in the hadiths saying “the flesh that grows out of unlawful income has no place in the hereafter but hell.”

Defining corruption as the abuse of entrusted power/position by anyone for personal and group benefits, Mr Yusif said systems must be reengineered to reflect best practices with regards to accountability, transparency and predictability saying “let us challenge the status quo and bring to bear good governance through participation in governance.”

Mr Yusif who is the  Business Risk and Compliance Consultant with Vodafone Ghana, said people found ways to rationalise corruption because they were convinced that their actions were really justified adding “fundamentals of faith is entirely worn-out, society is engulfed with I see no evil, speak no evil syndrome.”

Corruption, he  said ruins the moral fabric of society and kills the conscience of society at large”, citing examples of corruption asnepotism, fraud, embezzlement, favouritism extortion, kickbacks, abuse of power and other forms, collution, dishonesty, and theft.

He said corruption led to suspicion and mistrust, undermines development; undermine democracy and good governance, impacted negatively on rule of law, and abuse of fundamental human rights.

The GMA Fellow noted that Ghana had pieces of legislation to deal with corruption but that the big question was who monitors compliance and proper implementation of all these beautiful laws.

The GMA is a non-governmental group of Muslim academics and scholars who undertake humanitarian activities to improve lives in derived communities. It also organises annual Ramadan public lectures on topical issues in memory of M.A. Mujahid renowned Muslim scholar and philanthropist.   By Times Reporter.

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