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When Lies Are Permissible. by Taamas111 (m): 3:16pm on January 11
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

According to your site we can lie for some
necessity or to protect someone. Are the
following examples reason for lying? My
uncle lied that his son passed in the exam.
This is to keep it a secret. My wife's aunt lied
that she did not give dowry (money given by
bride's parents to the groom) to the groom
of her daughter. Here both uncle and aunt
are trying to protect their children. If these
2 examples are not correct, then can you
give examples so that we can understand
what lies are permitted?

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.
In principle telling a lie is forbidden. Severe
threats were stated in many Ahadeeth
regarding telling lies. For instance, the
Prophet said: " Beware of telling lies
(falsehood), as telling lies leads to
wickedness and evil-doing, and wickedness
leads to Hellfire." (Muslim)

Therefore, it is forbidden not to abide by
this principle except in case of necessity or
for a general need, and when there is no
other means of achieving the objective
except by telling a lie.
One of the means by which one achieves
the objective is by using connotations or
equivocations, i.e. to say a word or phrase
or sentence by which one means something
but the listener understands something else.

But when using such a means, one should
not cause the loss of the right of others, or
cause harm to them.
Anyway, it seems that what your uncle has
done or what your wife's aunt had done is a
real lie, which is informing about or saying
something contrary to the reality without
real necessity.
Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/154867/when-lies-are-permissible

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