In the name of #Allah, most gracious and merciful, I steal | #Indonesia #Quran

It seems in Indonesia, mixing business and religion is a state affair.

From Foreign Policy Magazine:

Before performing any deed, a good Muslim would say “In the name of Allah, most gracious and most merciful” — either to make sure that he or she is not committing an act of sin, or asking God to show mercy in case a sin is committed. But would a Muslim say that before stealing, too? The bad ones probably do.
The Muslim politicians and bureaucrats involved in the latest scandal over the procurement of a Quran, no doubt would have said bismillah (in the name of God). But while they may believe God will be merciful, don’t expect the public to be so forgiving.
In Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, you don’t go any lower than stealing in the name of God.

Read the rest of the article online here: In the name of Allah, most gracious and merciful, I steal | Transitions

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