Does lying in a job interview render the income haraam?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org

As-salaamu ‘alaykum,

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I have been working as a data analyst in a software company for almost Five years and nine months, now I’m thinking to join another company which is based on big data and I have been attending the courses on big data for quite some time which will be completed in some days and now I have tell the interviewer that i’m working on big data for the last Five years and nine months, and have to lie in the resume and job experience. If i join the big data company and earn, will my income be considered as haram? Shaikh, please be as descriptive as possible. May Allah reward you.

JazakAllahu khair.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Respected Brother.

We make dua that Allah Ta’ala grant you success in your endeavours and bless you with halaal sustenance. Aameen

Shari’ah emphasises truthfulness and honesty. Allah Ta’ala says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ (التوبة:119)

O believers, fear Allah Ta’ala, and be with those who are truthful. (At-taubah:119)

We should be ever conscious of the fact that every action and word of ours is recorded and we will be answerable for it.

The messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) mentions:

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رضي الله عنه، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: “مَنْ غَشَّنَا فَلَيْسَ مِنَّا، وَالْمَكْرُ وَالْخِدَاعُ فِي النَّارِ” (صحيح ابن حبان (12/369(

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said” He who deceives is not of me (is not my follower), deception and cheating (it’s perpetrators) will be in the fire.” (Ibn Hibaan (12/369)

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَرَّ عَلَى صُبْرَةِ طَعَامٍ فَأَدْخَلَ يَدَهُ فِيهَا، فَنَالَتْ أَصَابِعُهُ بَلَلًا فَقَالَ: “مَا هَذَا يَا صَاحِبَ الطَّعَامِ؟” قَالَ أَصَابَتْهُ السَّمَاءُ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ، قَالَ: “أَفَلَا جَعَلْتَهُ فَوْقَ الطَّعَامِ كَيْ يَرَاهُ النَّاسُ، مَنْ غَشَّ فَلَيْسَ مِنِّي” (صحيح مسلم (1/99(

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Huraira (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) happened to pass by a heap of eatables (corn). He thrust his hand in that (heap) and his fingers were moistened. He said to the owner of that heap of eatables (corn): “What is this?” He replied: O Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam), these have been drenched by rainfall. He remarked: “Why did you not place this (the drenched part of the heap) over other eatables so that the people could see it? He who deceives is not of me (is not my follower).” (Muslim (1/99)

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: “إِنَّ الصِّدْقَ يَهْدِي إِلَى البِرِّ، وَإِنَّ البِرَّ يَهْدِي إِلَى الجَنَّةِ، وَإِنَّ الرَّجُلَ لَيَصْدُقُ حَتَّى يَكُونَ صِدِّيقًا. وَإِنَّ الكَذِبَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الفُجُورِ، وَإِنَّ الفُجُورَ يَهْدِي إِلَى النَّارِ، وَإِنَّ الرَّجُلَ لَيَكْذِبُ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ كَذَّابا”ً (صحيح البخاري (8/25)

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said “Verily truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to paradise. A man may endeavour to be truthful until he is recorded as a speaker of the truth. And Verily lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to hell. A man may endeavour to tell lies until he is recorded as a liar” (Al-Bukhari (8/25)

Sustenance and earnings are the decree of Allah Ta’ala. If one earns the wrath of Allah Ta’ala in attaining them, one will be deprived of the barakah (blessings) in them. Turn to Allah Ta’ala in supplication and put your trust in Him.

وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ (آل عمران:54)

Translation: They planned, and Allah Ta’ala did the like; and Allah Ta’ala’s plan is the best. (Aal-Imraan:54)

وَعَسَىٰ أَنْ تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَنْ تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ (البقرة:216)

Translation: You may dislike a thing yet it may be good for you; or a thing may haply please you but may be bad for you. Only Allah Ta’ala has knowledge, and you do not know. (Al-Baqara:216)

 

We advise you to abstain from speaking any lie in the interview. Express your desire for the job and effort undertaken to attend the courses to learn big data. Do not get despondent if you do not get the job. Remember, if you abstain from lies, you have earned a lot in the eyes of Allah Ta’ala in comparison to the earnings of this world. If you do speak lies and earn the job, the income will be halaal1. However, you should repent for speaking lies. It is also not sufficient to merely repent to justify acquiring the job. Speaking lies is indeed a sin2.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdullah Noorgat

Student Darul Ifta

South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


1)      وَيُكْرَهُ لَهُ أَنْ يَسْتَأْجِرَ امْرَأَةً حُرَّةً أَوْ أَمَةً يَسْتَخْدِمُهَا وَيَخْلُو بِهَا لِقَوْلِهِ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – «لَا يَخْلُوَنَّ رَجُلٌ بِامْرَأَةٍ لَيْسَ مِنْهَا بِسَبِيلٍ فَإِنَّ ثَالِثَهُمَا الشَّيْطَانُ»، وَلِأَنَّهُ لَا يَأْمَنُ مِنْ الْفِتْنَةِ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ، أَوْ عَلَيْهَا إذَا خَلَا بِهَا، وَلَكِنَّ هَذَا النَّهْيَ لِمَعْنًى فِي غَيْرِ الْعَقْدِ فَلَا يَمْنَعُ صِحَّةَ الْإِجَارَةِ وَوُجُوبُ الْأَجْرِ إذَا عَمِلَ كَالنَّهْيِ عَنْ الْبَيْعِ وَقْتَ النِّدَاءِ (المبسوط للسرخسي (16/ 52)

2)      مَرَاتِب الْكَلَام وَالْكَلَام على ثَلَاث مَرَاتِب مُسْتَحبّ كالتسبيح والتحميد وَالتَّكْبِير والتهليل وَالصَّلَاة على النَّبِي صلى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسلم وَنَحْو ذَلِك ومباح وَهُوَ قَول الْإِنْسَان لغيره تعال وقم وأقصد وَنَحْو ذَلِك وَحرَام وَهُوَ الْكَذِب والغيبة والنميمة والشتيمة والتملق والنفاق وَنَحْو ذَلِك (تحفة الملوك (ص: 278)

3)      وَمِنْهُ(الكلام) مَا يُوجِبُ الْإِثْمَ كَالْكَذِبِ وَالنَّمِيمَةِ وَالْغِيبَةِ وَالشَّتِيمَةِ، ثُمَّ الْكَذِبُ مَحْظُورٌ إِلَّا فِي الْقِتَالِ لِلْخُدْعَةِ، وَفِي الصُّلْحِ بَيْنَ اثْنَيْنِ، وَفِي إِرْضَاءِ الرَّجُلِ الْأَهْلَ، وَفِي دَفْعِ الظَّالِمِ عَنِ الظُّلْمِ (الاختيار لتعليل المختار (4/ 180)

” The messenger of Allah  said, ” When Allah wishes good for someone, he bestows upon him the understanding of Deen ” [ Bukhari & Muslim ] “- @MuftiEbrahim (Twitter)


 

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