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The Truthful Muslim’

The Truthful Muslim’

No muslim is or was perfect in everything except our Prophet (Saw), he had all the moral qualities which were ordered by Allah. He was the most upright and respectable person ever to walk the face of the earth. On one occasion he (Saw) said, “I was only sent to perfect noble character.” (Collected by Ahmad)
The contemporary Muslim is weak in some areas, average in some, and near to perfect in others and so Islam appreciates the good qualities of every Muslim. Just like our imaan fluctuates, similarly our character has its ups and downs.
In this article let’s discuss the importance of a truthful Muslim. Truthfulness is a necessity in all societies, it brings about trust. For the Muslim, truthfulness has greater value.

Some years back a non-muslim acquaintance said to a Muslim man who had paid less than his due wage “If you are a Muslim you will never break my trust.” So you see, even the non-muslims know about the truthfulness, sincerity and honesty of Islam. Islam commanded us to be truthful, Allah says in surah Baqarah verse 42

“And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it].”

A Muslim who obeys the commands of Allah is rewarded for speaking the truth, because it is part of our religion, and we have been instructed to be truthful.

The Prophet 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-Fajur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar." (Sahih Bukhari : Vol. 8:116)

A truthful Muslim is one who is truthful inside and out, i.e. in his speech and his actions. Such a person is truthful in secret and in public. Whether the people can see him or not, he is aware that Allah sees all, and he knows that he will stand before Allah on a coming day, and will be responsible for all his actions.

Now the question is; how truthful of a muslim are we?

Are we amongst those that lied when we were young in class to get out of trouble? Did we lie to our parents, to avoid punishment? How about with our friends? Or are we amongst those that still lie to save face even in petty situations?

Let us look at a story of Abdul Qadir Jilani. When he was a young boy, he told the truth even though bandits were going to steal his money. This shows us the importance of telling the truth even when young, the importance of ingraining the habit of truthfulness especially in children.

The punishment for being untruthful is severe. The Prophet said, "I saw (in a dream), two men came to me." Then the Prophet narrated the story (saying), "They said, 'The person, the one whose cheek you saw being torn away (from the mouth to the ear) was a liar and used to tell lies and the people would report those lies on his authority till they spread all over the world. So he will be punished like that till the Day of Resurrection." (Sahih Bukhari)

So dear Muslim brothers and sisters it’s incumbent upon us to build righteous characters. It is not too late to start from now, be truthful in your dealings small or large, private or public, with Muslims and non-muslims alike, speak and be truthful, even if it hurts, or is against you. Repent for your past lies however big or small….Surely Allah is the All Merciful and He is the All-Forgiving.

Fatima Damad,
Writer, AAT
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