Question: I have cheated many times throughout my years of schooling. Is it permissible to use my high school certificate to apply to university or the like?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
Using a certificate that you do not deserve is not permissible.
My advice would be to go to the school itself, talk to the principal or examinations officer, and see if there is any real need to revoke your certificate. If they don’t see any real issue, then I would go ahead and use it because that means you are not fooling anyone else.
From experience, honesty is indeed the best policy, and by the baraka of your sincerity and fear of Allah, you may find it opens doors that you never expected.
‘And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out and will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah, He is sufficient for him’ (Qur’an, 65: 3).
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I pray this helps.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language