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 In this materialistic world, we have become so busy and greedy about this world and we have become so ignorant of Allah’s commands and the way of life.

 As Muslims ,we strongly believe in the uncertainty of the time of our death, the Day of Judgment and life after death. Every soul is accountable to Allah for every action that they have done on this world.

 Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: “The son of Adam will not pass away before Allah until he is asked about five things: how he lived his life, and how he utilized his youth, how he earned his wealth, how he spent his wealth, and what he did with his knowledge.” {Tirmidhi}.

 Nowadays, bribery and corruption have become such a norm in our lives in many parts of the world and we take part in it without even thinking! This is wrong and it’s a big sin in Islam.

 Corruption is the misuse of entrusted power for personal or private gain. Generally speaking, corruption exists when a person in power has the right to make decisions that concern others whose interests are at stake. The interested parties will try to find ways and means of getting what they want. One of the common ways is to offer the person in power certain favours so that, the decision is made to his advantage. This could happen only, if the decision maker is willing to accept the favour offered to him.

 The problem becomes gigantic when corruption is practised openly. Those in power start demanding what they want and those who give are very open about it as well. Both parties have regarded it as a norm; they don’t feel bad about it, because everybody else is doing it anyway. Those who choose not do it are considered stupid.

 Corruption is also said to be highly related to materialistic tendencies, which can be due to genuine needs caused by income or greed and the desire to live well beyond one’s means. When this happens, it can easily lead to gross inefficiencies both financially and in productivity. Those involved will find ways and means of applying pressure on others whom they can prey upon, instead of providing genuine service to such victims.

 The Prophet (S.A.W) appointed a number of his companions as the collectors of zakat, during the Medina period. They were to make proper assessments on the items where zakat become payable, collect the proper amounts and distribute to the recipients in the same locality. One of these collectors of zakat came back and told the  Prophet(S.A.W), "This amount is what I have collected less what I have distributed to the rightful recipients, but this is mine". Prophet (SAW) was very upset and rebuked him saying, "What right do you have to put aside something that does not belong to you. If you were to remain in your father's house, would you get what you are taking?"

Islam prohibits taking, giving bribery and warns all of those involved of hell fire.  However, the Muslim scholars affirm that bribery is prohibited when it is aimed at consuming other’s property or rights unfairly. Thus, if someone finds himself in a situation in which all avenues of redressing a wrong done him, or recovering a right which has been forfeited, are blocked except through the payment of a bribe, the sin of it will not be on him but on the recipient of the bribe.

“The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) cursed the one who offers the bribe and the one who receives it.” (Tirmidhi)

We only think about our immediate benefits and fail to look at the bigger picture. As long as the bribery and corruption exists, the poor will remain poor; the problem of corruption is so serious, affecting all societies rich and poor. Corruption will increase poverty and   governments fail to improve the education system, fail to protect human rights, fail to eradicate poverty.

Allah says: “And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as a bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people’s property”. (Al-Baqarah: 188)

Abu Umamah Al-Bahli said that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “Whoever intercedes on behalf of his brother and therefore he offers him a gift, it would be nothing other than a grievous usury.” (Abu Dawud)

Abdul Rahman ibn Auf, the richest companions among the famous ten whom the Prophet(S.A.W) had predicted will enter paradise, will have to account for all his wealth, the way he got and spent them, before being allowed to approach the gate of paradise. The other nine would have little wealth to account for and hence will speedily reach paradise. God knows best.

 The flesh that grows out of unlawful income has no place in the hereafter but hell.

Are you an individual that stands for Integrity and Honour? Are you an individual that is committed to your values and beliefs? What if you die tomorrow? You may escape the legal system of this earth, but you cannot escape from Allah on the Day of Judgment? If you want true success in this world and hereafter stop this shameful act and become a true Muslim. Allah will definitely bless you.

“Truly, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Quran 13:11).


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