Ruling on paying money to a governmental employee to obtain a personal interest

Q 1: What is the religious ruling on a person who pays a sum of money to a public servant in return for fulfilling a personal interest? It is worth mentioning that this action causes no harm to any Muslim and may aim at warding off evil that might take place in case they do not pay this sum of money.

A: Giving money to a public servant (Part No. 23; Page No. 563) in return for fulfilling a personal interest for the payer is totally Haram (prohibited) because it is regarded as a bribe. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has cursed both the briber and the one who takes bribe. Also, any employee is required to do their job without taking any money from those seeking their assistance to finish their needs. No money is lawful to them for doing their job except their salary.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.