Doing Research for a Student in Return for Payment: Permissible?

The Standing Committee for Islamic Research and Ifta’, stated that: “Doing a research assignment that is required by teachers in government schools or elsewhere is a requirement of study that serves specific goals such as training the students to research, acquainting them with relevant sources, discovering their ability to find information and organize it, and other educational aims. Hence, if some teachers or others do this work on the student’s behalf in return for payment or without payment, this is haram (forbidden), and the payment for it is considered haram earnings, because it involves deceit, lying and falsification. This is a kind of cooperating in sin, and Allah says, “but do not help one another in sin and transgression.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:2) The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever deceives us is not one of us.” (Reported by Muslim)

In conclusion, it is not permissible for a student to delegate someone to do research on his behalf, and it is not permissible for anyone to do it secretly on his behalf, or to take payment for that.”