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The Status of a Job Acquired with False Certification

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat


I have got a job based on a fake degree and fake certificates. I have the skills and ability to do the job. I do the job competently and carry out my duties properly in the job. The job in and of itself is alāl. Is my salary, which I get from this job, alāl or arām?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for contacting Mathabah Institute.

The matter of using false and or forged degrees and certificates is Islamically prohibited and also sinful. You should repent and never repeat such actions. 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The one who is dishonest [and or cheats] is not following the practices of us Muslims.” – (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 189)

As far as your current work in your employment is concerned, if your employer is content with it and accordingly is paying you for the work, the salary is permissible (ḥalāl). – (See: Al-Baḥr Al-Rāiq, Vol 8, Page 22, Dār Al-Kitāb, Al-Natf Fi-Al-Fatāwā Vol 2, Page 559, Dār Al-Furqān) 

Only Allah knows best

 مَنْ غَشَّنَا فَلَيْسَ مِنَّا – مسلم ١٨٩

 وَإِنْ اسْتَأْجَرَهَا لِيَزْنِيَ بِهَا ثُمَّ أَعْطَاهَا مَهْرَهَا أَوْ مَا شَرَطَ لَهَا لَا بَأْسَ بِأَخْذِهِ لِأَنَّهُ فِي إجَارَةٍ فَاسِدَةٍ فَيَطِيبُ لَهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ السَّبَبُ حَرَامًا – كتاب البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق ج ٨/ ص ٢٢ دار الكتاب الإسلامي

 فان وَقعت على عمل مَعْلُوم فَلَا تجب الاجرة الا باتمام الْعَمَل اذا كَانَ الْعَمَل مِمَّا لَا يصلح اوله إِلَّا بِآخِرهِ وان كَانَ يصلح اوله دون آخِره فَتجب الاجرة بِمِقْدَار مَا عمل – كتاب النتف في الفتاوى ج٢ / ص٥٥٩ دار الفرقان اردن

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.