If an individual had some type of advantage in school and that student then gets good grades....

Assalamu Alaykum

I have a question regarding halal earning involving a specific scenario: If an individual had some type of advantage in school (receiving extra time on exams through the university’s accessibility/accommodation department without requiring it) and that student then gets good grades, which then result in him getting a job - Is that individual’s earning considered haram? Should that individual quit that job because his or her earning is “haram”? What is the best course of action?

Also, what if that person is now worried about whether his earning is considered halal because of the advantages he received during school to get the good grades which then resulted in him getting the job and he does not do it again?

Please note this is regarding graduate school grades, and the student performed much better previously in undergrad studies without any advantages. Looking for advice on this, JazakAllah khair !

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

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

I understand from your question, that the individual was not rightfully deserving of the extra time he received and this may have been an aiding factor in getting a job. However, it important to note that, that wrong action would not influence the income to become unlawful.

At this point in time, it is too late to go back and change what has happened, therefore the best he/she can do is realize the mistake, seek forgiveness, and put a portion of their money into sadaqah. Insha’Allah, Allah will accept it and put immense blessings in their life.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Humza Asad Student - Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Kasim Ingar

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