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Assalamualaikum.... jazak Allah khair for all ua answersI am an engineeiring graduate... i completed my degree this year. Im planning to do higher studies in d same field.Right now im doin nothing because of some reason tht il explain in detail below...After completing pre degree(plus 2) ,i wrote entrance exam in a state where i was not residing so basically i was not eligible for government seat over there.But there is a rule in that state that the one who's mother tounge is same as that state eventhogh he/she residing in other state can write the entrance exam providing that he/she can read and write that language will get the seat in government quota if the candidate get very gud rank in the entrance.i know to read and write that particular language but it was not my mother tounge i wrote the exam by showing the certificate telling that my mother tounge was that of the state(normally people are doin the same in my place).i cleared both entrance and language test.On the day of councelling (seat selection) i hd to produce the certificate to authorized people of entrance exam committee.one of the officer found tht the certificate was wrong and he found i did cheating.luckily he did not take any action instead he jus apprvd that and allotted a seat for me in government quota.because of that i just had to pay 25% of the total fee than that of management student paying for profeessional course. then i joined the college and i completed the degree with very gud marks.Now my problem is ,after completing the degree this thought is haunting me that i got the seat throgh cheating, and i tuk some one elses seat n al..( that tym i did not feel anthn wrong n that becuz normally people used to do to save money).Im scared that i can join any job using this degree because wotevr we make out of haram wl becum haram nly ryt...some time i feel that il wil go to coleg and pay the money as tht of managment students by telling the above mentnd stfs.but tht wil becum problem becuz i already completed my degree nd they wil think am mad .or is it okay tht il give thhat money as charity so that it wl eqvlnt to the fee. Im ltrlly confsd .i srsly luv ma sbjcts and i really wnt to work also but inside im feeling guilty that if it is wrong wotevr im making out of it will become haram . plz note tht ma degree is proper and i ltrlly did hrd wrk to get gud marks in that but the way i got the seat ws wrong.Plz help me OUt ..u may find this s vry silly but m srsly dprrsd cuz of dis...m sttng at home ltrlly doin nothng! plz give proper advice.... nd plz dont rveal my identity
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Sister the laws of man are all constructed to suit their voters. If you are living in a country then all should be entitled to enter the college based on merit alone. These quotas etc., are not fixed by Allah swt., so basically it would not be wrong to state that they are unjust and there are agendas attached. Can you imagine a student with your capabilities would not get a seat because these ungodly men have decided to give quotas to less deserving students who will barely pass the degree examinations and get work even though less qualified just because of some stupid quota system put in to pacify the voters.
If the laws were just then it would not behove a believer to lie and occupy a seat that others have more right to it. Here you are not breaking any law of Allah swt..
We respect your guilty feeling, so the best thing is to do taubah to Allah swt and sincerely beg His pardon. InshaAllah you will find Him most forgiving. You can even give whatever amount you can afford or feel comfortable in Allah swt way, that is Islamic charity.
Sister rest assured you have not sinned against your deen. So get your act together, do not despair of Allah swt mercy and face the world with your talents and do what you have qualified for and make your parents and yourself proud of your achievements. May Allah ajjavajal make your trials easy
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