Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Salaatuk was Salaamu alayka Sayidina RasoolUllah.
I have recently submitted a university group assignment. One group member provided a copy of the exact same assignment by a senior student. We did not copy the work but did use it to help with calculations and for direction, re-writing. Does this effect the lawfulness of the income I will earn from this degree? Is it halal to do what we did? Can we say since the university is not supportive, we are caused to do this? Should I let the lecturing staff know about it?
wa `alaykum salam,
Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem,
Looking back, probably you should have consulted your lecturer before starting the project to make sure what you are doing is acceptable. The best judge of our deeds are ourselves. If your conscience is clear that you have no intention of breaking any rules, then , I would say you have nothing to worry about.
Allah knows best.