Student Grant Paid Monthly In Advance
Fatwa No: 414844

Question

Asalaam aleykoum. In the country I live in, a student can get what I Think is called funding or some money from the state while the person is studying. As soon as you start studying they pay you the Money for that month. They make a plan, for example for many months in advance.Now is it permissble to get that Money in "advance" or do I have to receive the Money after a month of study?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If the entity responsible for granting you the money agrees to give you this money before you start studying, then there is nothing wrong with taking it and benefiting from it because this matter is determined by that entity. The important thing is that the applicant does not lie in the application and provide false information in order to receive the student grant. It was narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The Muslims are bound by their conditions.” [Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa’i, At-Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah]

Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “He who cheats does not belong to me (is not one of my followers).” [Muslim] He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also said: “Whoever cheats us is not one of us, and cunning and deceit are in Hellfire.” [At-Tabraani] This applies to all forms of cheating, fraud, and plotting in any field and against any person, as is clearly understood from the (general) wording of the Hadeeth.

If a person adheres to honesty and truthfulness, and the concerned entity approved his application and granted him the funding before he starts studying, then there is nothing wrong with that.

Allah Knows best.

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