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Lying to secure a job

Published: 24/08/2011 11:29:00 AM GMT
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I have a wife and two children. Recently, I was laid off from work. In order to get another job, I had to lie about my citizenship status. The work that I do is lawful, but the the fact I had to lie to get this job has bothered me a lot. I would like to know your ruling about this.

nswered by

Sheikh al-Sharîf Hamzah al-Fa`r, professor at Umm al-Qurâ University

The means that you used to secure this position (lying about some matters) is unlawful even if it does not affect the work itself. It is unlawful simply because lying is unlawful.

A person once asked the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Can a believer be a coward?”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: “Yes”.

The person then asked: “Can he be stingy?”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: “Yes”.

He then asked: “Can he be a liar?”

To this the Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: “No.” [Sunan al-Bayhaqî with a good chain of transmission]

You have committed a sin for which you should ask Allah to forgive you. You should repent from it and resolve not to do it again.

Therefore, you have to inform your employer of all the facts and maybe they will accept your excuse. If you fear some harm or abuse from them if you inform them, then you simply have to resign.

Always keep in mind that Allah, the one who created you, will not neglect you. The provision that Allah has decreed for you in this life will reach you. You must strive to attain it, seeking it through lawful means.

Allah says: “And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out and He provides for him from (sources) he never could expect."

May Allah help you and give you success.

Source: Islam Today

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