Wants to change companies but needs one more year of experience
Fatwa No: 89544

Question

I am a software engineer. My aim in life is just to work for the sake of Allaah, whether its Deen or world. In short, I don't get comfort if I work for the money which may mean for worldly things. I completed my studies and working in a company from past one year. I want to change my company and for that I need at least 2 years experience but I have only 1 year experience.
I enquired two people who are Muslim, one said don't put fake experience and the other said just put it. Please help me in this case because I don't want anything where Allaah is not happy. May Allaah bliss your eternal life, Ameen.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

It is not permissible to forge a certificate to prove experience, as this leads to many forbidden matters like the following:

1.     Deliberate lying: the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said:  "Lying leads to vice (wickedness, evil-doing), and vice leads to Hellfire, and a man continues to tell lies till he is written before Allaah, as a liar."

2.     Deceiving: The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "He who deceives is not of us." [Muslim]

3.     Giving false testimony: There is a severe threat about giving false testimony, a threat that makes a person refrain and stay away from it. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Shall I not inform you about the greatest of the major sins, they said: "Indeed, O Prophet of Allaah [ sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )]!  He said: "To associate partners with Allaah, and to be undutiful to one’s parents.He was lying down and then he sat up [to show the importance of what he was going to say next], and said: "And false testimony…" The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) kept repeating it [false testimony] until we wished that he kept quiet (because they didn't like to see him angry).'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].   

Allaah knows best.

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