Ok so here’s a quick recap of what actually happened, basically, Volkswagen duped the world. In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the so-called ‘low emission’ VW cars were false. Under laboratory conditions, the VW cars were put in a safety mode by a device called the ‘defeat device’.
That means that when the cars were being tested, they were put on a mode which made them emit less gas and would appear to follow strict EU regulations as well as other emission regulations. However, when on road, the car would switch out of this mode, resulting in the emission of nitrogen oxide 40 times more than what is allowed in the US.
Nitrogen oxide is a gas found in diesel cars. It is a pollutant that can cause many health problems- inflammation of the lungs which can trigger asthma and bronchitis, as well as increased risk for heart disease. In addition to this, studies has shown that the particular matter from diesel exhausts are carcinogenic (cancer causing).
In summary, Volkswagen lied about something that wasn’t there, cheated people and did not care about the consequences. So the answer to the question ‘why Volkswagen would not have a diesel scandal if they were a Muslim company’ is pretty straightforward to me.
But first let us define a Muslim- A person who submits to the will of God. And what is God’s will? To worship HIM alone, believe in Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and other Prophets before him (peace be upon them), follow the teachings of the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) which is called the Sunnah. Good. What does Quran and Sunnah say? Do not lie, do not cheat, do not harm people, do not oppress, do not earn falsely, do not steal, do not transgress, and do not trample on the rights of others. How then can a Muslim company indulge in an act as treacherous as this Volkswagen scandal? Endanger the lives of many, all in order to gain money?
Not when the Quran says: “Woe unto those who give short measure, those who, when they are to receive their due from people, demand that it be given in full but when they have to measure or weigh whatever they owe to others, give less than what is due. Do they not know that they are bound to be raised from the dead (and called to account) on an awesome Day, the Day when all men shall stand before the Sustainer of all the worlds?” (Quran 83:1-6)
And not when hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. In addition, a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to wickedness and evil-doing, and wickedness leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before God, as a liar” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari).
Whoever could indulge is an act this terrible has absolutely no fear of God, and can therefore not be a Muslim. Now don’t get me wrong, of course there are many so-called Muslims who cheat and lie. But by the definition of a ‘Muslim’ above, there is no way a Muslim company could be involved in this sort of scandal.
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