Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible for a person to make an application
to the property development fund for land that does not really belong to
him, because that involves lying, deceit and consuming people's wealth
unlawfully, regardless of whether he acquires the title deed for free or
in return for payment. And no one should help in this haraam action,
whether by lending the land or selling it to him in a fake transaction.
The one who does that is a partner with him in sin. The senior scholars
have issued fatwas stating that this is haraam.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was
asked: I want to submit an application to the property development fund for
land that I have borrowed from my brother, then I will give it back to him
after that. Is this permissible or is it a trick?
He replied: It is not permissible for a person to put land in
his name when it belongs to someone else, for the purpose of trickery aimed
at taking money from the property development bank, because the person
making the application will do so on the basis that this land belongs to
him, but this is a lie, and whatever is acquired on the basis of a lie is
haraam. What is better than that is asking his brother to sell the land to
him for a deferred payment, even if he increases the price, then he can
apply on that basis to the bank. In this case he will have entered the house
through the proper door.
End quote from al-Liqa’ al-Shahri, 1/15
A similar fatwa was issued by the scholars of the Standing
Committee for Issuing Fatwas (23/440)
And Allah knows best.