In our business we offer the delivery of raw materials to construction companies. Sometimes, when we approach to the representative of a company we offer him a price, for example 200 for one piece. Knowing that there are much competitors on the market he offers his terms – his company will buy goods from us, but we have to pay him a share – for example 10 for one piece (so we will have 190, and he 10). The price satisfies us, but is the bargain halal for us if we know that probably he does it behind his chief’s back?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
The inquired contract would not be permissible as it entails the paying of bribe to the company’s representative.
The giving and accepting of bribes is a sin and totally prohibited in Islam. Consider the following Hadith,
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، قَالَ لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم الرَّاشِيَ وَالْمُرْتَشِيَ .
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) cursed the one who bribes and the one who takes bribe. (Sunan Abi Dawud 3580)
An alternative may be to directly contact the company’s manager or chief and deal with them.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Arshad Ali
Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)