عن أبي هريرة -رضي الله عنه- قال: «لَعَن رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- الرَّاشِي والمُرْتَشِي في الحُكْم».
[صحيح.] - [رواه الترمذي وأحمد.]
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Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) cursed the one who gives a bribe and the one who receives a bribe to influence a Judgment.
[Sahih/Authentic] - [At-Tirmidhi - Ahmad]

Explanation

As people give bribes to attain what it invalid, the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) prayed that they be expelled from Allah's mercy, referring to those who give bribes and those who receive bribes. Due to their grave consequences to people and society, bribes are absolutely forbidden. They are even more so, when they are involved in a judgment, such as when a judge is bribed to pass a judgment that replaces the Shariah judgment, and he changes the ruling, alleviates it, or makes it in favor of the briber.

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1: It is prohibited to give, receive, or mediate in a bribe or assist in the act, for this is cooperation in sin.
2: Bribery is a major sin, as the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) cursed those who give or take it, and the curse is exclusively for major sins. The scholars unanimously agreed on its prohibition.
3: Bribery by those working in the judiciary or holding official posts is a graver crime and sin, as it involves unjust consumption of people’s property, change of Allah’s judgment, and ruling by other than what Allah has revealed. Its taker wrongs himself by this act and wrongs both; the party in whose favor the judgment is passed and the party against whom it is issued.