Will My Job Be Halal If I Doubt Taking More Time Than I Deserve in My Theoretical Exam?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I’m asking this because I want to earn halal money through a job that requires an M.Phil degree. I was giving a theoretical M.Phil exam. I felt I deserved more time to finish the exam, so I asked the invigilator for it, but he refused.

Finally, I became enraged with him. But then I wondered what if he had given me some extra time that I was unaware of and that I did not deserve. This event happened a year ago.

Can I give the benefit of the doubt after delaying the matter for so long?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health.

You didn’t do anything wrong, and talking to the invigilator during that time wasn’t wrong either. It was just a normal request from you as a student. Ignore the whole thing and don’t go back to think about it.

“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless. If anything befalls you, do not say, ‘if only I had done such and such’ rather say ‘Qaddara Allahu wa ma sha‘a fa’ala (Allah has decreed and whatever he wills, He does).’ For (saying) ‘If’ opens (the door) to the deeds of Shaytan.” [Ibn Maja]

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May Allah Most High give you ease and relief from misgivings and give you all the success and ease in finding a job that keeps you and the family content and in harmony, amin.

I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.