Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafithahuAllah)
Translation by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Presented to you by Markaz Tawheed was-Sunnah in Durham, NC (http://mtws.posterous.com)
Question: The questioner asks O Shaykh; is there such thing as white lies and black lies?
Shaykh Fawzan: All lies are black, there are no white lies; all of them are black and they are not permissible. Except in the three situations mentioned by the Prophet, prayers and peace are upon him: Lying in order to make peace between people who have had a falling out; or the spouses lying to each other in an effort to mend the relationship; or lying in an effort to escape the oppressor, in order to escape from the oppressor. And this is called: Interpretation. Outside of this, lying is haraam; all of them. And lying is from the major sins and it is not permissible.