Cheating in exam

Q:

Assalumu alaikum

I cheated in one of the three exam required for my entrance into the university but did the other two honestly. I felt bad for what I did and did tawbah for Allah’s forgiveness and resolved never to cheat again. I didn’t cheat through out my first year (although I heard asking people who had done the exam the question that came out which may or may not come out for me). In my second year, during one exam I had a doubt about what we were asked to write whether it’s a pathway or a cycle so I resolved in my mind that whichever it is I will see people doing it. I could see another colleague answers although not clearly but I could see its a pathway and not a cycle since we were close to each other.

In another exam that is objective, I saw what the person beside me picked and it was what I was thinking is the right answer so I picked it. I also saw another person answer in a question that I am not sure of a what I picked so I cancelled what I choose initially but didn’t pick anything( due to negative marking). In another question that I had decided to guess the answer, I saw someone answer sheet so I picked she picked since I had decided to guess the answer. In another question I heard the people beside me saying an answer so I wrote what he said.

In all this, I have cheated. how do I make tawbah for this giving that I already promised myself never to cheat again and I still cheated.

Will my tawbah alone be sufficient for Allah’s forgiveness or do I have to leave the university

What amount of cheating would warrant me to leave the university in islam

A:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

If you passed your exams by cheating, you ought to redo them. Otherwise, the income you earned becomes unlawful for you to use. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A body that is nurtured by haram is worthy fuel of hell-fire.”

On top of redoing the exams, you also ought to repent and ask forgiveness of Allah.

By passing exams through cheating, you are not only hurting yourself but also contributing towards making the society corrupt and also usurping jobs from those who passed through hard work. 

So, no Muslim should ever consider passing exams by cheating or fraudulent practices.

I pray to Allah to protect us from such enormities and bless us to earn our income through lawful means.

Almighty Allah Knows best.

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