Can I Lie about My Age to Register for Islamic Courses?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

There is a website for learning Arabic and Quran, but the age limit is 18 and older to register. I’m 15, so can I lie about my age and say I’m older if I have good intentions in sha Allah?

Answer

Thank you for your question. May Allah Most High reward you abundantly for your good intention, and may you find the right program with the right fit for your age. It is not permissible to lie about your age.

Cheating

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) passed by a man who was selling food. He put his hand in it and saw that there was something wrong with it. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “He is not one of us who cheats.” [Ibn Maja]

Lying

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

“Lying leads one to wickedness, and wickedness leads one to hell. A man keeps lying until Allah records that he is an inveterate liar.”

“The marks of a hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when entrusted with something, he betrays the trust.”

“A believer’s natural disposition might comprise any trait other than treason and
untruthfulness.” [Nuh Keller, Reliance of the Traveller]

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May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani 

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.