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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 03/09/2013
He Is Being Asked To Erase The Faults Shown By The Computer So That The Customers Will Not See Them
After several years of seeking, I finally found a job in a company in the private sector, but my problem is that along with other office work, I am being asked to prepare and print reports so that they can be included with the final technical file. These reports are produced automatically by the testing devices used, after they are connected to the work being done on site. What is worrying me is that I am being asked to tamper with these reports on the computer and erase all the faults that are shown by the computer in the form of a graph. What is required if any faults show up is for the workers to go back to the customer and correct it, but if the customer sees the report coming from the computer showing no faults, he pays the bill, because this report has a great deal of credibility and it is difficult to falsify it except by using the highly-developed program installed on the computer. I hope that you can tell me the solution and help me to put my mind at rest.

Praise be to Allah.

Tampering with the reports as you have described is cheating and betrayal that is not permissible, and it leads to the consumption of people’s wealth unlawfully.

Everyone who takes part in this cheating is sinning.

The buyer should be told of whatever faults exist in the work that has been done, then if he accepts the work regardless, all well and good, otherwise the workers should fix it as you said.

Muslim (101) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “He who deceives us is not one of us.”

Al-Bukhari (2079) and Muslim (1532) narrated that Hakeem ibn Hizam (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The two parties to a transaction have the option (of cancelling it) until they part. If they are honest and disclose any defects, their transaction will be blessed, but if they lie and conceal defects the blessing will be erased.”

It should be noted that provision is something that has been decreed by Allah before He created the heavens and the earth, so do not be tempted to seek provision by disobeying Allah if it seems to be slow in coming.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Holy Spirit (Jibril) has inspired to me that no soul will die until it has completed its appointed term and received its provision in full, so fear Allah and do not be desperate in seeking provision, and no one of you should be temped to seek provision by means of committing sin if it is slow in coming to him, for that which is with Allah can only be attained by obeying Him.” Narrated by Abu Na’eem in al-Hilyah from the hadith of Abu Umamah; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Jami’, no. 2085.

What you must do is advise those who are in charge of the company, and explain to them that cheating is haram and what its consequences are in this world, as it takes away the blessing, and in the Hereafter it brings punishment for wrongdoing and consuming people’s wealth unlawfully. If they respond, then praise be to Allah, but if they do not respond, then you should ask to be moved to an area where no sin is involved. Otherwise, look for work elsewhere.

“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

3. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things”

[At-Talaq 65:2-3]

We ask Allah to grant you abundant provision and to bless your wealth for you, and to make you independent of means by that which is halal so that you have no need of that which is haram.

And Allah knows best.
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