Accepting cash or gift from contractor while working in a company

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I work in a company and receive salary for it. A contractor deploys his manpower under my supervision now is it acceptable for a employee to accept cash or gift from the contractor (contractor gives the money with his own will without any favour to clear the bill early or make any wrong payments in the bill or falsely increase his manpower) when the employee is working in a company and the company is paying him salary. Contractor says he is not giving bribe and he do not want me to increase his bill or mention wrong attendance of his person and it is his wish since he earns from the company he wants to share his profit with the person who is handling the responsibility in the company. Kindly let me know is it acceptable to accept the money.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 1348/1043/D=11/1434)

Exchanging gifts is sunnah and mustahab. It is mentioned in hadith: تهادو تحابوا i.e. share gifts with each other as increases love. Thus the exchange of gifts is based on love which is lawful and desired. But the gift which is given to someone who holds any post it is open bribe sometime when it is given in view of any unlawful favour. But if there is no intention behind it but it is only to attach oneself with the company then too it is not free from the doubt of bribe as it may lead to availing any unlawful facility in future; hence one should avoid it. Yes, if there is friendship to an extent that exchanging gifts has become a routine and the relation is not on the basis of the company then there is no harm in accepting such gifts as they are out of sincerity and love.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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