Helping someone cheat in an exam
Fatwa No: 86185

Question

During her exam my daughter was asked by her friends to help them (Cheat) the request was from everybody and even from the supervisor she couldn't refuse. Now she is asking if what she did is Haram or not?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. What she has committed is unlawful since it is a cooperation in Haram. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…but do not help one another in sin and transgression….}[5:2]. No doubt that cheating is a hateful action. So, a believer should not practise it. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: Whoever cheats others is not one of us" . [Sahih Muslim ]. al-Tabrani reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: Whoever cheats us is not one of us. Cheating and Cunning are in the Fire (Hell) . The meaning of the Hadith is general so, it covers all kinds of cheating regardless of the places or fields. Therefore, cheating in exams is forbidden regardless of whether the subject is a religious one or not. Moreover, any student who passes the exams gets his certificate in his profession, and later on, based on his degree, he would undertake the responsibilities in his work place. Now, the question is how it would be permissible for a cheater to occupy a job and get salary while his degrees are obtained by cheating? No, doubt it is pure injustice and a cheating of the whole Muslim Ummah. Furthermore, cheating in exams is more harmful than cheating in other matters. Allah Knows best.

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