In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements.A hoax is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim.


Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

Muslim should avoid cheating others and must be always truthful and honest. 
He should inform the examiners to examine him again to be sure that he is entitled to the degree.



Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 2 years ago

I am sorry to hear you went through that. I hope you are not suffering too much on a practical level from your loss. 

As human beings, we are subject to two forces regarding money: the will/sustenance of God, and the free will of human beings.

Sustenance, as something from God, is greater at some times and less at other times. There are times when we receive more than we fairly should, and there are times when we unjustly lose money or other people take it from us (legally or illegally).  In general these things balance out. However, God has promised to sustain everyone, and just because you have lost money now does not mean that it will not come back in some way.

From a human perspective, while one person has the free will to take money from another, that money will not have blessings and that person will probably not enjoy it long term or will lose out in another way. 

Money comes and goes, but what we have is our character and our good deeds. Perhaps the best thing to do is to be grateful that you are a person of good character, you are not a thief or an embezzler, and you are free from the burden of this sin that the other person has committed. You may be anxious now, but thieves never sleep easily!

As for other reasons why it happened.. that is really a matter specific to your situation. Sometimes people take money from us because we are sympathetic, sometimes because we are deceived, sometimes because we are careless, sometimes because they are better at playing games with the law, or other reasons. I am sure you can identify what the reason was and learn whatever lesson you can from it. If your motives for giving money were sympathy or to invest in something positive or something similar, then surely this is something praiseworthy and again you can be at peace knowing that at least you made a good decision.

Beyond that, it is good to spend some time in prayer and ask Allah why this happened. There are many reasons that things happen to us (our own free will, a divine test, part of the divine plan, etc) and perhaps a higher wisdom may become clear. Also, money is often a tool used to push us towards where we should be in life (for instance, needing to go to a certain country or city for work, or needing to leave a place or change our plans in life for financial reasons). 

Also you can ask Allah to protect you from this happening again.

I hope that your financial situation improves and you will be feeling better soon!