The Islamic Apprentice?

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

So did you watch the final of ‘The Apprentice’ on BBC1?

Well then you know that Lee McQueen is now ‘Sir’ Alan’s new golden boy. Well done Lee, best wishes to you in your future role.

But as we all know from the episode, and the subsequent TV and radio show debates, Lee McQueen lied on his CV!

You might be disgusted or you might just shrug your shoulders and say, ‘oh well, as long as he can do the job it doesn’t matter’‘.

Indeed, I am surprised at the proportion of people who say the latter.

So what does the way of life of Islam have to say about lying on your CV? Is it ok to lie on your CV so that you get the job and be successful?

Well the answer to that is no.

Whether it’s big or small, Islam does not condone lying. Furthermore, when the lying leads to something else, in this case a million pound job, Islamically, whatever follows on from that lie is devoid of Barakah (abundance, blessings – there is no direct translation of this Arabic word).

And what sort of moral message are we as people, as business people, sending out to the rest of the public, even our children?

That it’s ok to ‘lie your way to the top?’ If that is the case, then where do the lies stop? As they say, lies lead to more lies, and the worse thing is that we are knowingly misleading people – knowingly deceiving people.

At the end of the day, it seems that we are more intent on making our millions than making our morals and we have forgotten the fact that one day, when this is all over, it is the morals that will help us and at that point, even our millions will not be able to buy them.

May Allah make us all honest and sincere in all our dealings – big and small.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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12 Responses to “The Islamic Apprentice?”

  1. Whatever is in your destiny you shall receive all you have to do is make the RIGHT effort.

    Having watched Lee’s performance, Sir Allan has chosen the right person for the job. I don’t believe 4 months or 2 years at University would have made an ounce of difference on the final decision. What I’d like to understand is did it make a difference when the original applications were sieved through as thousands of people applied? As Lee was a recruitment consultant did he know something that the rest of the thousands of applicants did not? Morally what Lee did was wrong and will have to live with the stigma for the rest of his life. But is this the fault of the society we live in, does people’s perception replace personal morals? Does formal education make you better than someone with experience? I ask this question as I have seen may job adverts asking specifically for a university degree and therefore even though I do not agree with it I think I understand why someone would lie…

  2. A turkey was chatting with a bull.
    ‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ sighed the turkey, ‘but I haven’t got the energy.’
    ‘Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?’ replied the bull. They’re packed with nutrients.’
    The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
    The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.
    Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
    He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

    Moral of the story:
    Bull Sh!t might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there..

  3. Brother, I think you may have missed the point that the author was trying to portray. The story he/she has mentioned is merely trivial. Living in a society which is purely secular in nature, God has no significance, and anything that cannot be directly observed or proved is immediately brandished as ‘rubbish’. Many fail to address the illnesses within themselves, and I believe Godconciousness (sp?) and the sense of accountability is the only solution to this. The Arabs were trailing in the darkness of ignorance, when Allah honoured them with the presence of his final Prophet (May Peace and Blessings be upon him). He was the most truthful and rightious of people, and most perfect in character, knowledge and action. He was labeled as As-Saadiq (The Truthful) and Al-Ameen (The Trustworthy) due to his honesty. Hence, when Heraclius, the ruler of Rome, asked Abu Sufyan about the characteristics of Rasulullah, one of the things he asked was, ‘Did you ever accuse him of lying before he said what he said?’ He said, ‘No.’ Heraclius said: ‘If he refrained from telling lies about people he would not go and tell lies about Allah.’. Lying is from amongst the signs of hypocrisy (Hadith narrated by Bukhari and Muslim). I end by advising myself of verse 119 in Surah Taubah; ‘O you who believe! Fear Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).’

  4. The ultimate question is, What if the lie lead to better things for everyone around them? Is it sometimes ok to lie, what if i lie is going to save someones life? Is it then ok to lie?

    Sometimes i think lies are important. Although they can and are misused.

    For the greater good? I think personally thats the question we should answer when contemplating lieing

  5. Well I’m currently taking instructions on the Islamic rulings as to when u can lie.
    I think, when it’s to save somebody’s life then it may be ok (common sense isn’t it?)
    But like I said John, I’ll have the answer for u by tomorrow insha-Allah (with the Will of Allah), so bear with us till then.

  6. Fantastic.

    I didnt expect an answer was more pondering, but that would be great.

  7. As Abu Bakr Al Siddiq (R.A) once said

    The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.

    I totally agree with your comment Brother Dukhaan. People have no reason to lie. As time has shown, people have used lies to get what they want in this world, political gain, status etc and this is what I mean by Society. I can understand how Jo Bloggs off the street may think lying is fine, It’s all around us. As an example, take footballers, the idols of millions, on a daily basis try deceiving referees. Without the correct teachings, Jo Bloggs would take this as being acceptable especially if they are getting away with it. Lee is another example. He did not need to lie, personally he was the best candidate however he must have some reason to have done so… Was this due other influences?
    As Simon Cameron an American politician who served as United States Secretary of War for Abraham Lincoln once said

    An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought…

    We as Muslims need to strive to follow the example of the Prophet (May Peace and Blessings be upon him) and try our utmost to lead a life of Honesty. May Allah protect us from all forms of hypocrisy. AMEEN

  8. Said the holy Prophet s.a.w,

    Al mu’mino la kazib

    A beiliver is not a lyer

    Many other ahadeeth / traditions of the blessed Prophet s.a.w have been narrated admonishing those who lie.

    Now, the question is whether shariah gives permission to lie or manipulate the truth in extreme circumstances i.e life & death?

    To take it further, Does it become incumbent / fard to lie to save ones life or some one elses for that matter??????

  9. Here’s the ruling:

    Sahih MuslimBook 032, Number 6303:
    Humaid b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Auf reported that his mother Umm Kulthum daughter of ‘Uqba b. Abu Mu’ait, and she was one amongst the first emigrants who pledged allegiance to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), as saying that she heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A liar is not one who tries to bring reconciliation amongst people and speaks good (in order to avert dispute), or he conveys good. Ibn Shihab said he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them).

    So as you can see, Muslims are allowed to only lie during battle, essentially in war. Muslims are allowed to lie in order to bring peace between two people, and also when a wife and husband are fighting with each other and they lie to bring about an end to their problems.
    Interesting huh?

  10. War : Im not going to blow up your bases, Honest ;) . I dont know the code to my safe full of important top secret documents.

    that kind of thing.

    between two people arguing about sheep: That sheep is woth 50p and 50p only.

    Between a husband and wife: No your ar$e doesn’t look big in that.

    It makes sense that if your intentions are in the right place you can lie.

    But someones intentions can be right for themselves but wrong for others!!

    just something to think about i suppose

  11. Now then, all interesting stuff but if we ‘look outside the box’ I can tell you that if i found out that a potential candidate had lied on his/her CV, could i trust them in the future? The answer is no. Integrity is everything and there is just not enough of it around at the moment. As for Mr McQueen, it’s seems that most think he was the best candidate anyway, but he has now been exposed as someone who will lie to get what he wants. That unfortunately will be his legacy….

  12. John – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head when u say that someone’s intentions can be right for themselves and wrong for others – that’s why in this day and age, many people respond and act in the way which is most beneficial to their agendas!
    So then the question arises, whatever happened to justice, whatever happened to the truth?
    Is it ok for politicians to ’spin’ their way out of trouble or do they have a duty to their public?
    I know that at the beginning of the Caliphate of Umar (RA), he got up and said explicitly to the public that they should follow him as long as he is on the ‘Haqq’(the truth) and that as soon as he started deviating from that, they should let him know.
    And who’s intention is wrong and who’s is right?
    Well I think that whoever has got a mustard seed’s weight worth of helping helping humanity is well on the way of having the right intention.

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