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Is it haram if you lie to your current employer to take a day or an afternoon off to go to a job interview

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Is it haram if you lie to your current employer to take a day or an afternoon off to go to a job interview in case you are looking into getting another job? Obviously, you can`t tell the employer that you are going to be late to work since you have to be somewhere else for a job interview 


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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 no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 135:

135 O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice (and Truth) as witnesses to Allah even as against yourselves or your parents or your kin and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts) lest ye swerve and if ye distort (justice and truth) or decline to do justice; verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chatper 5 Surah Maidah verse 8:

8 O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses to fair dealing and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to Piety: and fear Allah for Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.


Dear and beloved brother in Islam, the religion of Truth guides those who have professed belief in Allah and the Last Day to always, and we reiterate, always fear Allah and stand on the side of the Truth, even if that truth is against oneself, one’s interests, or against one’s loved ones.


It would neither behove nor befit nor would it be in alignment with the character of a believer, who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, to utter a lie….and that too for a paltry worldly gain or benefit.


If one wishes to go for a job-interview, one should either ask permission from their employer to be excused for that time, or ask the one’s interviewing if they could set up the interview which does not conflict with your present work timings. But to tell a lie to someone only so that one may hope of obtaining any material benefit for oneself would definitely be unlawful and illegal in Islam and a sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah, and just not consonant with the character of one who believes in Allah and the Last Day.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.116 Narrated by Abdullah

The Prophet (saws) said, "Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fajur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar!"


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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