I work for a software firm.I have been offered a project which is testing a software application of a cigarette company.And my job is to test the application and report it to the developers if there is any error.
The other project is a healthcare project where we test the application regarding healthcare but the thing is my manager is asking me to lie on my resume about my experience as the client wants experienced candidates.
Please suggest me what to do.I feel that if I take up the 1st project I will be involved in haraam and if I take up the 2nd one I will be cheating the client but I won’t be harming the society.
Please suggest me as I am really confused.
Jazak allah khair
Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
1) By testing the software of the cigarette company, you are not directly involved with anything impermissible. Rather you are merely ensuring that the software is running correctly, which is an indirect assistance to wrong (Sabab Ba’eed).
This job will be Makrooh Tanzeehi (slightly disliked) as it grants the company the ability to continue their impermissible transactions. (Jawahirul Fiqh – Vol.2 Pgs.439-462)
If atleast 50% or more of the Tabacco company’s earnings are Halal, the money which they give to you as remuneration will be lawful. (Ahsan al-Fatawa Vol.7 Pg.329)
2) One of the salient characteristics of a Muslim is to be honest and truthful. It does not befit a Muslim to speak lies and cheat. The Ahadith explain lies and treachery as the the qualities of a hypocrite. Several other punishments have been narrated in the Ahadith for the one who is dishonest.
Secondly, as Muslims, we have the firm conviction that our sustenance comes only from Allah. If we are truthful, Allah will not deprive us of our earning. Rather, Allah will bless us with our sustenence in a more dignified way.
Furthermore, by being truthful and honest, not only will we earn our sustenance, but it can be a means of us earning Jannah.
Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
عن أبي سعيد : عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال التاجر الصدوق الأمين مع النبيين والصديقين والشهداء (اخرجه الترمذي)
“A truthful, honest businessman will be with the Messengers, Siddiqeen and martyrs (in the hereafter).” (Sunan Tirmidhi)
Nevertheless, our honourable teacher, Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sahib has ruled:
“The issue of the earning being halaal with a fraud degree depends on the service provided.
If such a person correctly and appropriately provided the service, his income in lieu of the service will be halaal. The sin of speaking lies and fraudulently obtaining a degree (or experience) is a different issue.” (Contemporary Fatawa, Vol. 1, Pg. 34,36)
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best
Ismail Moosa (Mufti)
مُسْلِمٌ آجَرَ نَفْسَهُ من مَجُوسِيٍّ لِيُوقِدَ له النَّارَ لَا بَأْسَ بِهِ كَذَا في الْخُلَاصَةِ
(الفتاوي الهندية (٤ / ٤٥٠)
(قوله وجاز تعمير كنيسة) قال في الخانية: ولو آجر نفسه ليعمل في الكنيسة ويعمرها لا بأس به لأنه لا معصية في عين العمل
(رد المحتار (٦ / ٣٩١)