Examination malpractices can be defined as those conducts during examination that can be regarded as unethical or improper. Examinations are usually tests set to verify your precise knowledge about a subject matter. This is done based on laid down rules which in truth should not be violated by any of the parties concerned, since the rules are by mutual agreement. As young people, examinations present opportunities for us to cheat to most likely to be involved albeit fraudulently, and it comes in so many ways. Cheating or examination malpractices come in various ways including impersonation (i.e. someone pretending to be another person), bringing in already prepared answers to the set questions, copying from the answers of fellow candidates during examination.

Some people don’t even write the examination at all. All that they do is to connive with other fraudulent people in the examination board who eventually will help them in either slotting in their solved papers. When the result is eventually released, these people end up scoring higher grade than those who genuinely worked for their grade. All these are aspects of cheating and come under not fulfilling your obligations. Allaah says:

"O you who believe! Fulfill all Obligations." (Q5:1) 

and He also said:

"And fulfill every agreement, treaty and pledge. Indeed every agreement will be asked about on the day of Resurrection. "(Q17: 33)

Bound And remember every Muslim is bound by their contractual agreement

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said:

"Muslims are bound to the conditions of their contracts(Abu Dawood).

So when the results come out and he has now excelled because he cheated; how can the Muslim be proud enough to look people in the face and claim what he did not merit? How would he feel within himself knowing fully well that he does not deserve the grade he has? Examination malpractices look inviting; as a matter of fact, that is why a lot of are immersed in it. The attitude of people now is "Why do I have to work so hard, not sleeping in the day and night, when I can easily pass my examination by just parting with a small amount of money"? As for the Muslim is concerned, his attitude must be not to be a part of this evil.

A Muslim is always conscious of his Lord in whatever he does. It is the unbelievers who adopt the saying "the end justifies the means". As for the Muslim, the end and the means through which it is achieved must both be justified. Remember Allaah any time we feel like committing any act that is a sin, against the laws of Allaah, always remember that even if all the people of this world cannot see you, Allaah is forever aware of what you do, and your act is being recorded. Allaah says:

"And fear Allah, and know that Allah is All Aware of everything." (Q2:231)

Fear the punishment of the Fire

Remember that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

"... and he who made a claim of anything, which (in fact) did not belong to him, is not amongst us; he should make his abode in Fire". The punishment of the Fire cannot be compared to any punishment. Allaah says, "And fear Allaah much and know that Allaah ; is Severe in punishment. (Q2:196)

The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him said:

"On the Day of Resurrection the feet of the son of Adam will not move away till he is questioned about five matters: ". .. how he acquired his property, on what he spent it, and what he did regarding what he knew." (Tirmidhi) 

How will the person whom has cheated to get a certificate and earned property through it answer this question "how he acquired his property ... " May Allaah save us from this evil (Aamin)


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited


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