When little napoleons aspire to play God

Posted on July 11, 2008


RPK, in his article entitled ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim’ quotes the following from a BERNAMA report that I simply could not locate.

PAS Youth today backed the Kelantan government’s proposal on the prayer requirement in the appointment and promotion of civil servants in the state.

Its chief, Salahuddin Ayub, in a statement issued today, said the move, besides instilling fear of God among civil servants, would also deter them from engaging in corrupt practices, like bribery, breach of trust and misappropriation’.


I want to share with you a story about a man whom I’ve known all my life and who played a part in setting me on my own personal journey to try and discover for myself my own understanding of my relationship with my Creator.

Malay, and professes to belief in Islam, yet to the best of my knowledge, this man does not pray in the conventional sense.

He’s in the IT industry, quite sound in his own field and at one time ran his own computer company. Yet he never made it big simply because he refused to give in to the usual ‘kickback’ demands.

He once told me of how he went to a government department, having first made an appointment to meet the officer in charge of purchasing. Having reached there at the appointed hour, he was asked to wait as the officer, a lady, was performing her afternoon prayers.

Shortly after, the officer concerned attended to him. After gleaning through this man’s quotation, she very matter-of-factly told him that whilst his prices were very competitive, the present supplier cut her in on 20% of all his invoices. Was he prepared to offer her the same?

He got up, told her that he understood now why she needed to pray, and left.


If one prays 5 times a day because the little napoleons in local government say they will punish you if you do not, is it God one fears or those little napoleons?

If one performs the 5 ritual prayers faithfully, yet in between each prayer, one negotiates kickbacks, one practices racial discrimination, or one does not do the requisite work to justify one’s wage, is that belief or hypocrisy?

And if one does not perform the 5 ritual prayers, yet one feeds the poor, fights injustice, honours one’s obligations, legal and moral, how shall such a person be called?

In the Book of Exodus, I believe, there is a verse that has it that God told Moses, ‘I make ye a god unto Pharaoh’.

Now if these little napoleons in PAS can produce some warrant from God akin to that supposedly given to Moses, I will shut up.

If they cannot, and of a surety they cannot, please leave God’s work to God.

In Him we trust.

The little napoleons in PAS?

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