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Gift as bribe?

If someone gives a gift to a man in authority, inorder to get favour over others, can it be considered as a bribe, fast reply will be appreciated, jazakala

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Allah Says in the Quran: Do not usurp one another's property by unjust means, nor offer it (bribes) to the judges so that you may devour knowingly and unjustly a portion of the goods of others. QURAN [2:188]

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As The Messenger of Allah (saws) invoked the curse of Allah on the one who bribes and the one who takes bribe. ABU-DAWOOD[Book 24 : Hadith 3573]

Thus from the above guidance of Allah & his prophet (pbuh), To demand or accept a bribe in absolutely any form or under any guise or circumstances is absolutely forbidden in Islam. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) has invoked the curse of Allah on the one who bribes and the one who takes bribe.

Thus if one sends a gift to someone who is in authority, in order to receive any type of favor over others, will be considered as a bribe. So a believer should always abstain from giving bribe or taking bribe in any form, & should fear Allah. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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