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Being Dishonest to the Employer

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Answered by: Mufti Muhammad Imad Ali


My employer is undergoing a process where they will be changing everyone’s shift. Alhamdulillah, I have been doing a shift where I get Fri/Sat/Sun off for almost 4 years.

The employer states unless there is a good reason then they may consider giving, or adjusting our shift accordingly. I can get medical documentation to confirm, I am an unpaid carer for my grandmother who has dementia, and I care for her during weekends.

This is not true to a small extent. I just help occasionally by taking her up/downstairs as she can’t think for herself, and she can’t walk by herself.

Is it permissible to be dishonest to my employer on this occasion in order to retain my original shift, and so my life outside work is not unbalanced. The documentation would be legitimate.

Finally, we do perform Jummah at work, but it’s done very casually, and quickly. I have done this once before too back in 2014.

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Lying and deceiving is a grave sin in Islam.

Abu Hurairah (ra) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: The signs of the Hypocrite are three;

  • When he speaks, he lies.
  • When he makes a promise, he breaks it.
  • When he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust.

(Sahih Bukhari pg:10 v:1)

Regarding your question, it won’t be permissible for you to lie to your employer about retaining your original shift.

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Mufti Muhammad Imad Ali

Checked and Approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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