I’m working for textile mill. Our commercial & marketing manager says that sin of bribing for better sales which in turn is company’s interest shall be shared by all the employees in the organization. He also says that as long as nobody is restraining and even advising him not to do so, the sins shall be shared by all.
Now, his comments made us worried and anxious about our income that is whether we are earning pure or halal earnings. Please tell us about the matter and what to do in this case.
Expecting a prompt reply from your end.
May Allaah bless you.
Guilt in Islam is incurred by committing a sin one is fully aware of. The sins of one person do not transfer to another. However, as Muslims we must urge righteousness when we can, without being overbearing. The situation you have described can be a difficult one especially if one partakes in the bribing for sales. Nevertheless, it seems quite obvious to me that none of the employees are sharing in any wrongdoing and those that are committing the wrong are weighting themselves down with guilt. I understand your concern and would advise that if it is at all possible to encourage this person from refraining from these activities then do so as long as this does not create problems for you. Since you are a workingman earning your wages from honest work, those who are bringing money into the company via illegal or unethical means will bear the burden in the Hereafter. The only way I can see you being tainted with anything anyone else doing is if you were working in a company that is illegal or deals with things that are against the Shari’ah (i.e. Islamic Law). You should feel comfort that God is Merciful and will not blame you for something you have no control over. You can lay your head down at night sleeping comfortably knowing this. You are doing no wrong, allay your fears and praise the Lord.
I hope I have clarified the issue.
God knows best.