Has Whispers About Passing Citizenship Test and Earnings from Work
Fatwa No: 415288

Question

Salam alaykoum
Years ago I went to pass the test for my citizenship. There are three parts to the test, speaking,reading and writing. In the speaking part they tested my English by asking me some questions about my application and my background, I was also asked 10 question about their history civics which I answered correctly because I was prepared. The reading test I was told to read a couple of sentences which I passed too. In the writing test I had to write one sentence out of three that the officer had written down on an answer sheet. I remember I looked at the answer sheet the officer had to look at the spelling of the word to make sure I wrote it right and I think I looked to one of the answer for the civic test I am not sure i doubt about everything but for that one I already knew the answers. I remembered this and I consider this cheating. According to their website they say the applicant can still pass the test even if there’s some grammatical, spelling errors. I regret what I did and I repented to Allah.What should I do? And is what I got from the citizenships be considered haram like what I earn from work and my passport? I know my English isn’t that good but I am trying to get better. Please guide me what should I do?

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.

We ask Allah, The Almighty, to grant us and you success and safety in the religion, this worldly life, and the Hereafter.

As for your question, it falls into the category of doubts and Waswasah (satanic whisperings) that should be disregarded and you should not give in to them. What you did has no impact on passing the test, as you mentioned, and does not prevent you from availing yourself of these papers, nor does it affect your work and the money you earn from it, as long as the work itself is lawful.

Therefore, you should ignore such thoughts and satanic whisperings; it is dangerous to dwell on them, and they may turn one's life into a living hell.

Allah Knows best.

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