Corruption is one of the world’s greatest hazards and one of the main reasons for backwardness and absolute failure. In Islam, corruption is considered a very grave sin and must never be condoned in any aspect of a Muslim’s life.
Allah says in Surah 2 verse 188: “And do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly nor send it [in bribery] to the rulers in order that [they might aid] you to consume a portion of the wealth of the people in sin, while you know [it is unlawful]).”
No one is born with corruption imprinted on their minds. Sometimes, it is the way we are brought up, the experiences we have and certain situations that stimulate the idea of corruption. However, there is no excuse for sin, and a Muslim must always strive to make sure that he avoids anything that will affect others, or anything that will make his income haram.
Allah says in surah 16 verse 114: “And eat of the lawful and good food which Allah has provided for you. And be grateful for the graces of Allah, if it is He whom you worship.”
Let us take a look at some of the common workplace habits that can trigger or lead one towards the horrible path of corruption.
Accepting bribes or giving bribes are both serious sins in Islam. “The Prophet (SAW) cursed both the briber and the bribed person” (At- Tirmidhi). When you accept bribes, you lose your self-respect, your ability to speak truthfully and justly against the one who gave you the bribe, and you may be forced to do things you shouldn’t do. In order words, a bribe is like a bondage, and one a Muslim must try by all means to never get caught up in.
2.Accepting gifts from clients
Sometimes, you may find yourself in situations whereby clients bring you gifts. You must be extremely careful in such situations because not every gift should be accepted. Take for instance if you are a man, and a female client who is obviously single shows up and brings you a gift. It may be that she is interested in having illicit relations with you. Accepting that gift could lead to another thing. Also, some people may bring you gifts with the intention of bribing you. Again, point number one is to be noted!
3.Lack of principles
As a Muslim, you must be principled. That is, you must stand by your islamic teachings. Islam teaches you to be honest, straight-forward, decent in your dressing (keeping a beard or wearing hijab), speech and behaviour. When you exhibit these traits, a lot of people would automatically respect you and feel shy of you. They would not easily involve you in any fraudulent acts and you would be save from temptations. When you lack these islamic traits however, people would see you as a target, and you may easily fall prey to corrupt acts.
No doubt, laziness can make a man corrupt. When you are lazy, you do not do your work right, you do not go to work early, you do not put in your best efforts. As a result, you tell a lot of lies, trying to give excuses for your bad behaviours. You may even try to do extra favours for your boss which may be illegitimate, just because you are too lazy to sit and work. Looking for an easy way out of everything can lead you to doing some very bad things. Besides, a Muslim should never be lazy; you are obligated to move your body 5 times a day in Salaah, how can you be lazy!
Greed is the mother of endless evils and a great destroyer. When a man is never content, he would do anything to get more. A Muslim must always remember that Allah is the provider. Work hard and do your best, then leave the rest to Allah. But never let greed become your trait. A greedy person would tell a lot of lies, steal, and betray trusts just to get what he wants- and he is never satisfied.
Allah says in Surah Al-Qasas verse 77: “But seek with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world; and do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not the Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts)”.
In a nutshell, what’s the best way to avoid corruption? Simple; FEAR ALLAH.
Allah says: “So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey, and spend in charity; that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones.” Surah Taghabun verse 16.