To pay a bribe if driven by necessity

Q: I am a volunteer soldier in the Egyptian army, which means that I am supposed to serve in the army until I am sixty. I have learned that there is someone who can release me, but he would take some money to do this. Is this money regarded as a bribe? Answer me, may Allah reward you!

A: You are not permitted to pay any money to the said person (Part No. 23; Page No. 560) to release you from the army. Rather, you should seek to be released through the appropriate legal means which agree with the Shari`ah (Islamic law).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.