Fraternity, justice and equality are principles that were brought forth by the Heavenly religions, on top of which is the true Islamic religion. However, these principles have not been applied in Islamic and non-Islamic countries, except occasionally throughout history.
Islam applied these principles during the era of the Messenger, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family, and the Rightly Guided Caliphs. Thereafter, these principles were abandoned and have not been resumed.
There have been empires, monarchies and disagreements throughout history … until the French Revolution against the monarchy came and shook the land under the feet of cruel rulers and people deprived them of their rights.
The French Revolution enshrined the principles of brotherhood, justice and equality … and the civilized countries followed them … to reach us in the 1960s. We leave them in our valuable constitution.
But, with deep regret, we have often dealt with them selectively according to the principle of favoritism. We rarely saw an influential person or a member of the ruling family in prison. This is evident in the stories of contemporary corruption that are now spreading like wildfire among us. Its heroes enjoy freedom and our public funds through their acquisition of millions of public money through tenders, money laundering and embezzlement without being touched by the law.
In the French courts, there was a seismic case a few months ago and a verdict was issued some days ago, which caused an uproar there and this uproar still continues.
Sarkozy has been sentenced by a court, headed by a female judge, to three years imprisonment, of which he spends a year in prison. Sarkozy has the right to appeal the verdict within 10 days of its issuance.
Sarkozy is also waiting the next day of his trial for cases of receiving funds for his election campaign from the ruler of a foreign country (Gaddafi) and his agency for a Russian company.
This is an exact application of the principles of justice and equality, as accountability and punishment include the poor, the rich and the ordinary and influential citizen until he reaches a former superpower head.
This is a lesson and message to all countries and societies using double standards, including our contemporary society which exudes corruption without deterrent punishment for the influential people. We say to the one who caused this that you deviate from the seriousness of true Islam and deviate from the right path as you turn a blind eye to the thieves of public money and the corrupt among the influential people. You will be held accountable for this beyond our world, if not in our world.
On the day of resurrection, your account will be difficult. It will not benefit you or be mediated by that powerful person who turned a blind eye to corruption, theft and violations of the applicable laws and principles of good morals.
We ask the thieves of millions among the corrupt people: What will you do with all those millions that you have seized unlawfully? Do you enter your graves with these millions?
Why not learn from the millions of people who preceded you, who deposited their last resting place in a shroud of cloth surrounded by dirt on each side?
By Ali Ahmad Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil