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Rare Case of Lying

In today’s Kuwait Times is an article I found utterly hilarious – WHAT WAS HE THINKING????

Exam Fraud Discovered

Kuwait: The director of a secondary school in Khaitan discovered a first of a kind cheating case wehre an unidentified young man sat for a Quran exam instead of one of the school students, reported Alam Alyawm, noting that being unable to identify the young man and suspecting him, the director requested an ID to verify his true identity.

Sources said that the examined young man confusingly showed a driving license belonging to the student he had substituted. Realizing his fraud had been discovered, the young man fled the school leaving his exam paper and driving license behind.

Upon contacting the real student, he told the police that his driving license had been missing and that he had lodged a report with the police in this regard. Further investigations are in progress.

Uh . . . yeh, I bet they are. 🙂

I am sorry, this just gives me such a giggle. Cheating on a Quran exam? ? ?

Before I wrote the above, I had to do a lot of thinking . . . like the bible, our book, does not say “thou shalt not lie” as one of the 10 commandments, neither is it one of the two great commandments in our New Testament (love the one true God before all others, love your neighbor as yourself), so what does the bible say about lying? Fortuntately for us, there is Google, and the internet, and you can click on What the Bible has to say about lying if you want the specifics. It reminded me that Satan is called “The Father of All Lies.” *shiver* That’s good enough for me.

There are several places in the bible, however, when even good people lie, like because they are scared or because they don’t want to face the wrath of God. One is Sarah, when the messengers tell her she is going to have a baby and she is something like 80 or 100 years old and she laughs, she can’t help it, Sarah laughs. And God says “Sarah! Are you laughing at me! I can do anything!” and Sarah lies and says “oh no, Lord, I wasn’t laughing.”

Since the Bible and the Quran spring from the same spiritual source, I am willing to bet the Quran also has a few things to say about lying and dishonesty, and fraud, and how you can’t fool Allah or cheat him.

Anyone out there willing to step up and educate us?

May 31, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Humor, Kuwait, Lies, News, Social Issues, Uncategorized


  1. There’s a hadeeth where the Prophet says: Whoever cheats us is not one of us.

    From what I remember there are only 3 situations where one can lie in Islam:
    1. If you want people to reconcile, like if they were in a fight and one asks a 3rd person if he said bad things about him/her that person can lie and say no he didn’t speak of u badly.

    2. When a person tells his/her partner that s/he is the prettiest, best one in the world… bla bla bla

    3. To the enemy during war.

    Hope I helped

    Comment by Elijah | May 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. huh? so dude, you lost your driver’s license, and someone found it and decided to take a Quran exam for you? WTH?

    Comment by EniGma | May 31, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thank you, Elijah! Yes, you helped.

    Enigma – Exactly! Isn’t it hilarious?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. I haven’t had a chance to read much lately, so I missed this post – I wanted to offer something in terms of how lying is viewed islamically, insha Allaah.

    The qur’an states “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in word and deeds).” [al-Tawbah 9:119]


    The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘You must be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man will keep speaking the truth and striving to speak the truth until he will be recorded with Allaah as a siddeeq (speaker of the truth). Beware of telling lies, for lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hellfire. A man will keep telling lies and striving to tell lies until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” (Reported by Muslim, 4721)

    (Muslim was a known scholar, most muslims will accept any ahadith from him as sahih or true, as the chain of narration is pure.)

    To read more on lying, this is an excellent website.

    There are some situations where lying is acceptable, such as Elijah posted – two are what we would call “white lies” I guess you could say, whereas in war it’s a little different. But lying (in situations not halal) erodes society as it brings about mistrust and causes harm. There is no strength in a lie, only in truth.

    Comment by Huda | June 4, 2007 | Reply

  5. Huda, thank you! That is solid gold information. I was pretty sure it was LIKELY our books and traditions shared that value, but it helps to have documentation. Many thanks.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 5, 2007 | Reply

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