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Baber is keynote speaker at a conference in the US, but he is on the No Fly List. Rayyan and Amaar try to help him and convince him to travel to the US consulate. Fatima watches Layla and forces her to play some African game. The Mayor wants a private bathroom, Yasir massively underbids to get the contract, and in the end Fred gets in the way.

Best quote:

Amaar: If one Muslim is accused, it hurts us all.
Rayyan: Don’t you mean falsely accused?
Amaar: I suppose.

It doesn’t seem to be so much of a topic in the episode, but the underlying question that Baber should be asking himself (and his imam!) at the end is whether it was ok to lie to his friends and let them go to so much trouble on his behalf based on incorrect information. And I guess the answer should be "no" – in any religion.

Judaism takes the general prohibition of lying from "distance yourselves from falsehood" (Exodus 23:7) and "you shall not bear false witness" (Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:16). The scope of this prohibition is wide, it applies in business and personal life, with Jews and non-Jews, for everybody, all the time. You should not tell lies, make up stuff, omit important information, give a false impression or in any other way mislead people.

But of course, there are a few exceptions. For example you are allowed to make compliments that are not true, e.g., "your poem is great", "no, you don’t look fat" or "your cooking is delicious". No real harm comes from being polite here, on the contrary, you lie about something insignificant to avoid hurting others. Of course it is not ok to exaggerate widely in these circumstances. Another sort-of exception is that if somebody makes false assumptions, you don’t always need to correct them. If somebody asks you outright, you need to tell the truth. And it is forbidden to actively pretend to be something you are not. But you need not be more honest than required. For example if your employer asks whether you have taken drugs during your studies, you are not required to disclose that you took some drugs before you started your studies. And finally, you may of course lie to save a life. So if Nazis knock at your door and ask "do you know where the Jews are", you are not required to answer "yes in my basement", you are allowed to lie to save their lives (and your own) and make up some lie.

Some links for further reading: Jewish values online: Is leaving out information that only hurts people considered lying?, Jewish values online: Level of honesty required in job interviews, Torah musings: Truth and lies