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I am trying to accomplish a task for me. A person is assigned to verify me but unfortunately s/he is asking to give them some cost (to be clear, bribe).

Is this kind of bribe allowed for the one who giving (which is me in the current scenario)?

Points to be noted:

  • I am not competing anyone. No one will be harmed directly by this bribe (but of course, there is social impact of bribe).
  • I am not trying to do anything illegal.
  • I am being forced to bribe and have no other option.
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Narrated by Ahmad (10739) from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, according to which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “One of them asks me for something and I give it to him, and he goes out with it, carrying it under his arm, and it is nothing but fire for him.” ‘Umar said: O Messenger of Allaah, why do you give it to them?” He said: “They insist on asking me, and Allaah insists that I should not be stingy.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 844.

This is the hadith which scholars say means that if someone is forced to pay a bribe, it's ok and the one who takes it will be sinning.

Source.

If you read the source, they mention that if you can get the job done without paying the bribe, but still pay the bribe, both the giver and receiver would be sinning.

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    I will check the source when I am free and consider accepting the answer. +1 For now. – Mohayemin Aug 24 '12 at 8:23

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