The purpose behind conducting exams for the students of the schools, colleges, etc. is that they study the required syllabus and build up the imperative capability and erudition in the specific subject with their efforts. In this way, their educational standards are raised. Usually, in the form of the examination form, etc. the students are made to promise that they will follow the prescribed guidelines and regulations for the exam. Cheating in the exam in spite of all this is misleading others. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
Translation: Whoever deceives/betrays is not of us.
There is a Hadith in Musnad Iman Ahmed bin Hambal:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Anas (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would usually tell us in every sermon of His: There is no faith in the person who is not confidence and there is no religion in that person who does not keep a promise. (Musnad Iman Ahmed bin Hambal, Hadith No. 11935)
The word exam itself intends to test and by cheating, this test does not remain a test. This is extremely harmful for the education of the students. In this age, Muslims should give careful consideration to education. Muslims students should demonstrate their high aims and progress in the field of education.
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.
Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]