Not exposing one's sins

Q: I wanted to ask which sin is lesser of the two evils, exposing one's sin or lying? I am asking because if someone asks if you have comitted a sin, is it permissible to lie and say you haven't? Would that be better than exposing your sin? In a situation where you cannot avoid the question?

A: It was sinful for him to ask such a question, and you will be sinful if you disclose your sin. Hence, you should reply in this manner that it is sinful for you to ask this question, so don't get into it.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)