Al-Mundhiri on evils of bribery in judgment

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

Al-Mundhiri recorded the following chapter in his book Al-Targhib wal-Tarhib:

ترهيب الراشي والمرتشي والساعي بَينهمَا

Warning against giving and taking bribes, and pursuing either of them.

Source: al-Targhīb wal-Tarhīb 3/125

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him said:

لَعَنَ اللهُ الرَّاشِيَ وَالْمُرْتَشِيَ فِي الْحُكْمِ

Allah has cursed the one who offers a bribe and the one who accepts a bribe to receive a favorable judgment.

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 9031, Grade: Sahih li ghayrihi

In another narration, Abu Huraira said:

لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الرَّاشِي وَالْمُرْتَشِ

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, cursed the one who offers bribes and the one who takes bribes.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1337, Grade: Sahih

Abu al-Ahwas reported: Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

الرِّشْوَةُ فِي الْحُكْمِ كُفْرٌ وَهِيَ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ سُحْتٌ

Bribery to receive a favorable judgement is an act of unbelief, and between people it is illicit.

Source: al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr lil-Ṭabarānī 9100, Grade: Sahih li ghayrihi

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.

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