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Title: Is it permissible to help people make illegal passports and driving licence which according to the law is illegal?

Question

 

Is it permissible to help people make illegal passports and driving licence which according to the law is illegal? I was told that it is permissible islamically because we are not breaking any hukm of Allah and are ably helping people. Also is it pemissible to help people who have been refused to enter the country enter by bribing the immigration officers? Please help me out with these questions

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykumwa-rahmatullāhiwa-barakātuh.

It is not permissible for a Muslim to deliberately break any laws of a country, unless the laws are contrary to Sharī’ah (1).Therefore, it would not be permissible for you to assist illegally in making passports and licenses. It is not befitting a Muslim to deceive anyone: Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam says.

مَنْ غَشَّنَا فَلَيْسَ مِنَّا

“Whoever deceives us, he is not from amongst us.” (Sahīh Muslim)

 

Bribery is a grave sin, and the consequences are such that Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam despite being so kind and caring for his Ummah curses those who indulge themselves in bribery. Consider the hadith:

 

لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الرَّاشِيَ وَالمُرْتَشِي

“The Messenger of Allah sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam cursed the one who offers a bribe and accepts a bribe.” Tirmizi

 

In the above query two violations are observed. One is bribing the immigration officers and the latter is violating the law of the country by allowing people enter the country illegally.

Offering bribe is only permissible when one is being oppressed or when one is merely achieving ones right through bribery. Hence, in your case it would not be permissible. (2)

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Zakir Husain

Student DarulIftaa
Michigan, U.S.A

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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