The paying of a bribe

Reference: Fataawa wa Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee – Page 472, Fatwa No.12

Question: Is the paying of a bribe permissible?

Response: Paying a bribe is permissible in order to rid yourself of a harm which has oppressively befallen you, or to obtain your right which you are unable to do so without the [payment of a] bribe, with the condition that you can be certain that no greater harm occurs as a result [of you paying a bribe] such as your imprisonment or punishment.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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