Question 386: Ruling on obtaining false certificate

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.

To proceed:
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.
Wallahu A’lam.

Answered by: Ustadh Abdulghani Jumat, Hafidhahullah.

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