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Lied in a story is it a lie?

Q:

I got a topic for essay to write about a friend who is seperated from me I wrote that a friend of mine died when i was young . I wrote it as a fictional story but is it considered a lie?

A:

Waalykum salam 

 
Thank you for your Question 
 
You were writing an essay and no one is expecting you to write about yourself specifically or everything true. When writing an essay one is trying to be creative and give a good story. 
 
It’s a different case if someone asked if it was true and you said yes! 
Otherwise it’s just ok

Kind regards 

Naajiya Jaffery