Cheating and Deceiving

Q: In our college it is required that students attend 75% lectures throughout the year. But lectures waste time of students and are of no benefit. Also in lectures students mark false attendance (proxy) of their friends and the teachers themselves know this but do not cancel such attendance. As a result the honest person suffers because on record his attendance is always shown less due to some absentees for reasons as compared to majority of students who are always marked present falsely. This creates poor impression at the end of year on examiner about honest person when examiner sees that his attendance is below than others which is injustice to one who is truth. So is it permissible that I tell my friend to mark my proxy attendance bearing in mind that Allah knows that the teachers themselves are promoting this corruption, to prevent injustice to me and to save my time and instead use time to good use at home because why should I suffer for being honest when teachers themselves don’t bother and coming to class is mere waste of time?


A: This is not the way of a Muslim.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)