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52502: It is not permissible to say that you were present at a lecture from which you were absent


I am a college student. Is it permissible for me to say that I was present at a lecture which I did not attend, with the knowledge of the supervisor, who in fact sometimes asks us to do this?.

Published Date: 2010-03-21
Praise be to Allaah.  

It is not permissible for you to say that you were present at a lecture from which you were absent, because this is lying. The supervisor has no right to allow you to do that, because that is cooperating in sin and betraying a trust. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2] 

And Allaah knows best.

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