What is bribe?
Bribe is wealth earned by accomplishing a task for a party that should have been done without any compensation (whether to bring benefit to the party or to avoid harm). In some situations, bribery is similar to tips or rewards and distorted by some people who say that ‘this is not bribery, but a reward’.
Allah s.w.t. mentioned(in Al-Quran):
Meaning : “And do not devour your property among yourselves by wrongful means, nor offer it as a bribe to judges, with intent that you may unlawfully swallow up a portion of other people’s property, while you know.” (Al-Baqarah:188)
It is mentioned in a hadith:
Meaning : “The Prophet s.a.w. has condemned the giver or receiver of bribe in decision making (ruler, management, judges etc…)” (Narrated by At-Tirmidzi)
What are the form of bribe?
Bribe can be any form of properties (moveable or immovable), money, positions, contracts or services, action that prevents oneself from claiming any money or monetary value or luxurious items and promises.
What are the type of bribe?
Receiving and offering bribe, making a fake claim and misusing title/position are types of bribe.
Why not reporting the wrongdoing?
According to Islamic law, an individual who knows is obligated to report it to the authoritative bodies. If not, he is considered abetting and will bear the sin as well. Hiding or letting this epidemic continue will have a negative effect on Islam, corporations, organizations and the country. In the end, all will be exposed and eventually collapse.
The Prophet s.a.w. said:
“Indeed, the previous nations perished because if the respected people among them steal, they will ignore it, but if lower class people steal, they will cut their hands. For the sake of God in whose hand my soul resides, if Fatimah Muhammad steals, certainly I will cut her hands!”
What is the effect of bribery?
The most significant effect of bribery is “Snowball effect”-The person who takes bribes enjoys it and feeds his family with it. Eventually the whole family may be addicted to easy money. Allah s.w.t. said:
“In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.” (Al-Baqarah:10)