Lots of Malaysians, especially the non-Muslim must be wondering why is it a buzz about the ‘Haram’ money in Penang. Most of the Muslims and some non-Muslims there are returning the one hundred to two hundred Ringgit to the State Government when they discovered that the cash came from the Penang Turf Club. We may be thinking to ourselves: ‘After all, the cash is free. Simply take it’.
What in fact is ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’ money for a Muslim individual? Specifically a non-Muslim might ask. Many individuals will only think that when it pertains to ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’, it is only about food, however in real reality, for a Muslim, everything we do all boil down to the ‘Hukum’ or pillars in exactly what we can or can refrain. They are the ‘Halal’, ‘Haram’, ‘Makruh’ and ‘Sunah’ and everything boils down to be wicked or virtues.
Of course, there are people who will argue the other side of this.
When we take a look at the scene in Penang, a quantity of RM500, 000 has actually been paid by the Turf Club there to the state government. The total amount is then provided to the bad and needy of Penang. Socially, dispersing gains from a Company for the betterment of a country or a state is a responsible act. For the Islam religion, gambling is considered ‘Haram’. Whether it is from a 3rd party or straight, when a company’s core income is from gambling, it is Haram for a Muslim to take pleasure in or perhaps take the benefits or gains from that company.
From the Qur’an, where all Muslims will certainly describe, there is a verse in it which mentions: ‘They ask you worrying wine and gambling. Say, in them there is fantastic sin and some benefit for men. The sin is greater than the benefit.’ (Surah al-Baqarah, V. 219) This verse states that there are benefits to consuming alcohol or gambling, but there are more sins than benefits if a Muslim does so. It is for that reason considered Haram for a Muslim when there is a sin in an action.
There are still methods for a Government or individual to spend such gains obtained from a company which is involved in gambling, alcohol or other activities considered Haram to the Muslim community. These cash can really be made use of for the betterment of the state or nation too, like as an example, for charities in general, such as constructing buildings or roads, building recreation center and funding other public-welfare projects.
When it pertains to managing a multiracial community, where there are not only the Muslims, there are also others like the Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and a lot more religions, it is essential for the people in-charge to take into consideration the level of sensitivities of every faith in our beloved 1Malaysia. Otherwise, these insensitivities will be made use of by particular untrustworthy celebrations not just in Malaysia however, likewise from abroad and might make us 1Malaysians look ridiculed in the ‘Eyes of the World’ for returning a mere donation.