What’s the ruling of giving/obtaining false certificates/documents to go further in education (particularly Islamic) especially if it’s done for a good motive e.g increasing in knowledge and certification to help oneself and people etc.?
Praise be to Allah; may the blessing and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah.
Falsifying certificates or documents to go further in education be it Islamic or other than that is haram as this is lie, deceit and false testimony; and the basis is that Allah and His Messengers forbid this act.
More so, it is not a must one enters into a university before one can learn about the deen and studying islam so as to make money is forbidden. The Prophet, sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallama, says:
(مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ عِلْمًا مِمَّا يُبْتَغَى بِهِ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ لَا يَتَعَلَّمُهُ إِلَّا لِيُصِيبَ بِهِ عَرَضًا مِنَ الدُّنْيَا لَمْ يَجِدْ عَرْفَ الْجَنَّةِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ)
(Whoever learns a knowledge with which the Face of Allah should be sought and he doesn’t learn it except to acquire a worldly gain,such a person will not perceive the fragrance of al jannah) At-Tirmidhi
In Summary, it is not allowed to forge certificates or credentials even if one intends to study a course with which one can seek worldly benefit.
Answered by: Ustadh Abdulghani Jumat, Hafidhahullah.