i m a govt employe.through my education i ve at some stages used unfair means to get through.i e have cheated and got the requsite qualification. Now i m a master degree holder and also professionaly qualified.afterwards i ve got a govt job nd m being paid optly. I sometimes feel that i my earning is not o.k. I ve 5 kids nd a wife 2 support. How is it please ?
As-salamu 'alaikum wa ra'hmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiratuhu. If you have indeed cheated in all your exams and are not qualified for the job you are doing, then definitely you are doing injustice to the other brothers who have obtained their qualifications by merit. In this situation there is a great chance of your earnings being haraam.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 29:
O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will.
Hadrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘The Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) said, “O people! Allah is Pure and, therefore, accepts only that which is pure.”Then he (May peace be upon him) made a mention of the person who travels for a long period of time, his hair are disheveled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky and thus makes the supplication: ‘O my Lord!.... O my Lord!.....’. But his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothes are unlawful and his nourishment is unlawful, how can then his supplication be accepted?''’ [Related by Muslim].
Anyone who cheats is guilty of committing a sin and he who helps him incheating also shares in the blame. It is important to stress that just because exams are difficult does not justify cheating, for examinations are originally meant to show how much one has exerted efforts to prepare for the test. It is not logical of course, to shower both the hard-working and the lazy with the same reward. To do so would be injustice. A sound mind never accepts such an unjust equation. Cheating in examinations is one of the things that threaten society, for it urges the spread of falsehood and forms an attack against truth. It causes total chaos in society and indicates that some people will have unjustified access to posts and undeserved honor. A person who gets a job that requires a certain degree or certificate that he has gained through cheating should know that the money he gains isharam. He may be counted among those who are referred to in the verse that reads:
"Think not that those who exult in what they have given, and love to be praised for what they have not done Think not, they are in safety from the doom. A painful doom is theirs" (Al `Imran: 188).
However, if this person has performed some kind of work and exerted efforts that are closely related to his qualifications, then he is entitled to the wage given to him in return for his effort. What is beyond this is considered haram."
So brother if you indeed passed your exams and earned the certificates by cheating, then you should repent sincerely for your sins. Then leave your job and join any other occupation that doesn't require the certificates that you earned through cheating.