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April 8, 2011

Seriously Short Reminder No. 17: Remember to tell the truth…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Why should we tell the truth? Well, because it leads to Paradise.

إن الصدق يهدي إلى البر ، وإن البر يهدي إلى الجنة ، وإن الرجل ليصدق حتى يكون صديقا ، وإن الكذب يهدي إلى الفجور ، وإن الفجور يهدي إلى النار ، وإن الرجل ليكذب ، حتى يكتب عند الله كذابا

Narrated Abdullah (radiallahu anhu): The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fujur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fujur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies until he is written before Allah, a liar.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 116]

Lying is one of the signs of hypocrisy:

آية المنافق ثلاث : إذا حدث كذب ، وإذا وعد أخلف ، وإذا اؤتمن خان

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three: Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie; and whenever he promises, he breaks his promise; and whenever he is entrusted, he betrays (proves to be dishonest)”. [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 117]

When should we tell the truth? Well, like always.

أنا زعيم ببيت في ربض الجنة لمن ترك المراء وإن كان محقا ، وببيت في وسط الجنة لمن ترك الكذب وإن كان مازحا ، وببيت في أعلى الجنة لمن حسن خلقه

It was narrated that Abu Umamah (radiallahu anhu) said: The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “I am the claimant* of a house on the outskirts of Paradise for the one who refrains from opinion based arguing, even if he were in the right, and a house in the middle of Paradise for the one who refrains from lying, even when he is joking, and a house in the highest part of Paradise for one makes his character good.” [Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4800. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4800.]

[*He is guaranteeing this person a house in Paradise.]

[Note to parents: Those “little white lies” that you tell your children are just that – lies.]

Beware of lying in order to make others laugh:

ويل للذي يحدث فيكذب ليضحك به القوم ، ويل له ، ويل له

It was narrated that Bahz ibn Hakim said: “My father narrated to me that his father said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘Woe to the one who speaks and tells lies in order to make the people laugh; woe to them, woe to them.'”” [Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4990. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani in Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 4990.]

[You can read about the conditions of permissible joking here.]

Oh and it’s even worse to lie whilst one is fasting:

من لم يدع قول الزور والعمل به ، فليس لله حاجة في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 3, Hadeeth No. 127]

For those who are interested in reading more about this topic, here is a nice article on the importance of being truthful.

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