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Deceiving The Authorities

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Respected Mufti Sahib,

Assalamualaikum Wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuhu

If you are an overseas student then by British law you have to pay overseas fees. But if a person lies that he isn’t an overseas student and applies for an EMA form and instead of showing his parents income which is a lot, he shows his guardians income, then is the money he receives Halaal or Haraam?

In a place where stunned chicken is sold can we eat fish or lamb in such a place?

When someone fills in forms to apply for money from the government and you lie about your income then is the money they receive Halaal or Haraam?

And also if you know a person is doing such a thing are you allowed to eat at their house knowing they bought the food with that money?





Telling lies is Haraam (unlawful). The authorities permitted you to enter their country; therefore deceiving them in any matter is prohibited. That sum of money received because of lying is not good money, therefore using that sum of money to purchase food, clothing, transportation, or any other necessity is not permissible. If someone does this and further extends an invitation, then to say that his food (preparations) is Haraam (unlawful) will be difficult, since, it is possible that he acquired the food from other permissible sources.

(2) A person can consume fish from a place where stunned chickens are sold. With regards to lamb, one should investigate whether it is slaughtered correctly or not. If the lamb is slaughtered in a permissible manner, then this can also be utilized. If after stunning the chicken, it is immediately slaughtered (before it dies), then the chicken will be Halaal (lawful). Therefore, one should also investigate whether the chickens after being stunned are immediately slaughtered or not.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah



23 August 2005

17 Rajab 1426

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