MP Mohammad Reza Sabaghian Bafghi
[MP Mohammad Reza Sabaghian Bafghi criticizes widespread usury, bribery, and corruption in Iran.]
Sabaghian Bafghi: In some advanced, non-Muslim countries, they have the minimum rate of usury and banking interests. And in countries like the Netherlands, some banks don’t even get any usury or interests. But in our country which is the center of the Islamic world and has an Islamic system, we have acted in a way that today the owners of money and wealth have made banks and financial institutes act as their own dealers. And sometimes they get up to 20 to 30% interests and usury from poor people, and brotherly divide it among themselves. If these interests that make people miserable, bankrupt or send them to prison is not usury, then what is usury? Today, according to experts’ report, only in two rich areas of Tehran, 147000 people, without having any jobs or employment, have deposited their large sums of money in the banks and live on interest or usury. I am surprised that Islamic scholars and sources of emulation don’t warn about this. The other problem is that some of our politicians and managers accept bribery in form of gifts. This has prepared the ground for embezzlements and frauds. Even though our religious teachings have seriously prohibited it, to what extent these teaching are enforced? For smallest bribes, there is capital punishment in China, and in western countries, they dismiss the officials. But what about us?