Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible to cheat in exams, because of the
general meaning of the evidence that forbids cheating, which includes
cheating (or deceiving) in buying and selling, in giving advice, in
contracts and treaties, in matters of trust, in school and university exams,
and so on, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) said: “The one who cheats (or deceives) us is not one of us.” Narrated
by Muslim (101).
Muslim (102) also narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be
pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever cheats (or deceives) does not belong to
This wording indicates that cheating and deceiving is
forbidden in all cases, whether it is deceiving a Muslim or a kaafir.
Moreover, cheating in exams results in a number of negative
consequences and sins, such as:
Taking what one is not entitled
to, which is the certificate that results from the exam.
Consuming wealth unlawfully, if
one gets a job with that certification.
Corruption of work,
administration and specialities, due to the presence of one who is not
qualified or suited for the work.
Involvement in bribery, for
which those who are engaged in it are cursed, if the one who is cheating
pays someone money to enable him to cheat.
Moreover, these people who cheat in the kaafir lands bring
these certificates back to the Muslim lands, and some of them reach high
positions, so the matter affects Muslims too, and he may be deceiving
Muslims as well.
To sum up, all kinds of cheating and deceiving are haraam,
and it is an evil and corruption, whether it happens in a Muslim land or in
a kaafir land. What the one who has done that must do is repent to Allaah
and not do it again.
And Allaah knows best.