What does Islam say about bribery?
Let us look at what Allah Almighty said in the Noble Quran:
"And do not eat up Your property among yourselves For vanities, nor use it As bait for the judges, With intent that ye may Eat up wrongfully and knowingly A little of (other) people's property. (The Noble Quran, 2:188)"
Even though the exact term "bribe" or "bribery" (rashwa in Arabic) didn't exist 1400 years ago in the Arabic language, but this Noble Verse is sufficient enough to cover this topic.
As we clearly see from the above Noble Verse, Allah Almighty prohibited us from using our property or money (as we call it today) as a "bait" to "eat up wrongfully and knowingly" what doesn't belong to us, or what we don't deserve.
What Allah Almighty talked about in the Noble Verse above is exactly what we refer to as "bribery" today.
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