• Bakhshish (bakhsheesh) is a Persian word for gift, and has come to mean alms in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Alms (zakat) in Arabic is one of the five pillars of Islam. A good Muslim is expected to give a small percentage of his income to the poor, either through the mosque or to those Muslims he meets in the streets. He is not required to help those of other faiths. As in any society, this can be done in good faith, or done out of duty or even to earn brownie points with the Deity, depending on the individual. Bakhskish has also come to be applied to tipping and stretched to mean bribery. These were not the original intentions of the word.
  • i think it sounds now like bribe.

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