Question 002: Is giving bribe for getting one’s work done Jaiz (allowed)?
Answer 002: According to Ayatollah Sistani, bribing is haram unless one has no choice but to do so to get his/her right, but receiving bribes is haram for one who is paid to do work for others.
It should be noted that a similar question has been asked grand Ayatollah Sistani (May Allah grant him long life). His Excellency replied as follows:
Q: What is your ruling on getting one’s work done through bribery?
A: Bribery is haram in Islam.
Although bribery is haram in any way, but if one has become compelled to pay money in order to get his/her own real right there would be no problem to do so.
Therefore, if you are compelled to bribe in order to get your real right there would be problem to do so.
References: Ayatullah Tabrizi, Istifta’at, question 999; Ayatullah Vahid,Minhajul-Salehin, vol. 3, issue 32; Ayatullah Sistani at http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01143/.
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