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getting but now they are not.
Imam, do you really think somebody
would sit in a government office and decide
they are not giving Muslims contracts as
a policy decision?
No, I do not think so. I think at present the
demand is high for contracts and there are peo-
ple who know somebody and they are not look-
ing at whose names are on the envelope, they
are looking at the people who are making the
So if the "play" is coming from other con-
tractors belonging to other religious groups,
then that is the way it is going and the Islamic
community is forbidden from giving or taking
bribes. But to cut it in today s world, you have
to grease the machinery.
If your rights are being threatened, such as
you are not being awarded a contract and the
bank is threatening to take your equipment,
your workers are on the breadline and the only
way out is to give a bribe then it is the only
way it is permissible, right?
Lying is also forbidden but in some cases it
There are immoral lies such as taking some-
thing from somebody, using it for yourself and
when they ask you for it you say you did not
A permissible lie is like you are fighting a
war, you are captured and the enemy hold you,
ask for the women, the guns and so on. Also
the injunction against eating pork. Pork is
haraam (forbidden) but if you are stranded on
a desolate island and there is nothing else to
eat but a pig, it is then permissible to eat the
pig when it comes to a matter of life and death.
Let s takes a brief look at your political
side. You also told me while chatting before
the interview that you think Jack Warner
will not win the Chaguanas West by-elec-
tion if he should run as an independent.
I would preface my response by saying I want
it to be noted that Mr Warner is a very good
worker, he is likeable but at the end of the day
it all boils down to party politics. I tried it
myself in the last local government election
when I ran as an independent in this electoral
district and lost even though I did save my
Why did you think you could have won
against the other candidates who went up
on a party s ticket?
People pledged their support for me, they
would support me because I was also a hard
worker in my district.
I had people coming to my home telling me
they would support me "100 per cent." They
told me "Imam, don t worry we supporting
you, you go ahead. We doing it, we doing it..."
On the day of the election (in 2010), we realised
the people were going to vote for the party
simply because as an independent candidate,
and Mr Warner told me that, an independent
candidate cannot do anything for their peo-
ple.Mr Warner will get some good votes, but I
don t see him reaching winner s row. I don t
see it happening for him. If the party selects
stands a grim chance of winning.
Imam Rasheed Karim:
No proper Islamic leadership
Simply because the community is
under-represented in the sense we
are not resilient...not strong
enough as a community to stand
up for what is right all the time.
We succumb too much to our own
vain desires, we allow people and
things to override us and we do
not always follow the tenets as
laid down in the Qur'an.
Muslim cleric Imam Rasheed Karim is
calling on the relevant authorities to sen-
sitise the national population about Indian
Arrival Day and the peoples who came from
Karim, who is head of the Felicity Masjid
and an organisation called the Muslim Voice,
said there was a misconception that only
Hindus arrived in T&T from India.
He said not enough was being done to
clear the air and pay homage to the Muslims
and Christians who make up a percentage
of Indians in T&T.
Karim said he was most upset about an
advertisement which appeared in a national
newspaper, where a private company located
in Point Lisas paid tribute to the Hindu com-
munity for Indian Arrival Day.
"This is because the population is not
educated well enough and people associate
Indian Arrival Day as a Hindu-based event.
This is not so, 20 per cent of the population
are followers of Islam. More needs to be done
to bring about fairplay."---Shastri Boodan
'Sensitise people about Indian Arrival'
...There must be fairplay...there's a misconception only Hindus arrived
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Imam Rasheed Karim. PHOTOS: ADRIAN BOODAN
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