Punishment for Bribery
Fatwa No: 85946

  • Fatwa Date:18-6-2003 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 18, 1424
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Question

What is the punishment for corruption both, giving bribes and taking bribes?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The punishment for one who takes bribery, one who gives it, and one who acts as intermediary between them is a curse and expulsion from the mercy of Allah by the tongue of the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).

Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) cursed the bribe giver, its taker and the one who acts as intermediary between them. [Ahmad]

Bribery is one of the major sins. It is condemned and forbidden in the Book of Allah. Allah Says (what means): {[They are] avid listeners to falsehood, devourers of [what is] unlawful.} [Quran 5:42]
The scholars of Tafseer said, “{devourers of [what is] unlawful.}, refers to bribery.
Allah also Says (what means): {And do not consume one another's wealth unjustly or send it [in bribery] to the rulers in order that [they might aid] you [to] consume a portion of the wealth of the people in sin, while you know [it is unlawful].} [Quran 2:188]
In short, the punishment of the bribe-taker, the bribe-giver and the intermediary between them is great, if they do not repent to Allah from it. This is because bribery causes much corruption in the society.
For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 293908, 121051, and 83777.
Allah knows best.

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