Dar al-Ifta: It is impermissible to deceive authorities by submitting false information in order to travel for hajj
Dar al-Ifta al-Missriyah emphasized the prohibition of fraud and submitting false information to authorities in order to travel to perform hajj, whether this occurs in the pilgrim’s home country or in the country of his destination.
In its fatwa, Dar al-Ifta explained that whoever enters a country must respect its laws and it is prohibited to violate them. This is because, governments do not impose such rules and legislations and forbid others except to achieve intended benefits.
Furthermore, it is obligatory to abide by laws imposed by those in authority because lying forfeits the benefits intended by authorities from enacting these laws. Dar al-Ifta stressed that fraud is prohibited in Islamic law whether the means are lawful per se or unlawful such as by involving lying.
The fatwa mentions that among the types of lying include for example, a driver submitting a false contract and claiming that he has previously travelled and worked as a driver in the country to which he is travelling or a pilgrim falsely claiming that he has not previously performed hajj or that he did not perform hajj during a certain period. All of this is impermissible because it involves lying, cheating, and deception.