As part of its contribution to combatting corruption, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy organized a seminar on “The Islamic Approach to the Fight Against Corruption” on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at the Center’s headquarters in Montplaisir, Tunis.

Speakers at the seminar were Mr. Benaissa Demni, Professor of Philosophy, Mr. Mounir Rouiss, Director of the Higher Institute of Usul al-Din (theology) and Mr. Jamaleddine Draouil, Professor of Modern Civilization

After welcoming the guests, Mr. Radwan Masmoudi stressed the need for society to focus on establishing a strong culture of tackling corruption, given that combatting corruption is a religious duty for every Muslim

I n the first intervention, Mr. Benaissa Demni presented the Prophet Mohammed’s approach to combating corruption. He pointed out that Qur’anic discourse was directed at the Prophet in the context of his social obligations and his management responsibilities at the historical and social levels. The prophetic approach to combatting this scourge is based on four components.

First, at the leadership level, it is preferable for those with senior positions of responsibility within the state to avoid any possible suspicion of corruption, especially financial corruption.

Second, equality before the law for all crimes, especially those related to misuse of public money.

Third, strengthening transparency and denying impunity to those who abuse their position or are accused of corruption. Fourth, the need to establish an educational approach that may become part of public culture in which integrity is based on coherence between belief and conscience so that religious considerations transcend professional considerations.

At the end of his paper, Mr. Demni addressed the crime of al-ghulul (breach of trust) mentioned in the Qur’anic text, which means to deny the rights of others and misuse public funds for one’s private benefit