Prohibition of Bribe

Prohibition of Bribe

Bribe

All divine religions prohibit bribe, dispraise those who take bribe and praise those who refuse to take it

As a matter of fact, all divine religions prohibit bribe, dispraise those who take bribe and praise those who refuse to take it.

In the Bible, we read verses explicitly prohibiting bribe. For example, we read the following verse in the Bible: “And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.” (Exodus 23:8)

We also notice that the Bible prohibits dishonest gain and praises those who refuse to take dishonest gain. We read the following verse in the Bible: “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” (Exodus 18:21)

Prophet Muhammad said: “Allah cursed the briber (rashi) and bribe-taker (murtashi).” (Ahmad and Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi and ibn Majah) Thawban also reported that Prophet Muhammad cursed the briber, bribe-taker and the mediator. (Ahmad)

The Qur’an dispraises those devouring Suht (dishonest gain). We read the following verse in the Qur’an:

[They are] avid listeners to falsehood, devourers of Suht (dishonest gain)… (Al-Ma’idah 5:42)

Prophet Muhammad used to forbid Suht. It is reported that he once said: “Each flesh nourished by Suht, hellfire will be worthier of it.” People asked: “What is Suht?” He replied: “Bribe in judgment.” (Al-Tabari)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

3- Musnad Al-Imam Ahmad

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