It is strange that when it comes to secular knowledge, we are so respectful. How many of us would dare speak of medicine in front of a doctor, or dentistry in front of a dentist? Yet we speak about Allah’s laws, and make rulings in His religion ignorantly. Are we not aware that He hears us?
Many Muslims would tell you that stealing, bribery, killing, adultery etc are all prohibited acts in Islam. However, when it comes to lying upon Allah (SWT) or upon His Messenger (Peace be upon him) they are not even aware that such a sin exists, as we can say it a hidden sin, and so they would indulge in it freely without worry. This complacency among Muslims regarding this sin comes about because of the great ignorance that prevails concerning the rights of Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (Peace be upon him) and the serious punishment that results from indulging in sin.
This complacent attitude, coupled with ignorance, has been the main factors for the majority of the deviations and differences found in Islaam. Allah (SWT) informs us that it is not allowed to follow anything without knowledge. He (SWT) says:
“And follow not, (O man i.e. do not say, act or witness) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned.” [Al-Israa (17): 36]
In the above Aayah, Allah (SWT) is telling us that He has forbidden Muslims to speak about Him without knowledge, and lying upon Allah (SWT) is one way of doing this. The one who lies about Allah (SWT) is not only guilty of speaking about Him without knowledge, but also he is amongst the most oppressive of people as Allah (SWT) Himself describes:
“And who is more oppressive than he who lies against Allah, or who denies His signs…” [Al-A’ araaf (7): 37
Ibn Al-Jawzee, in his Tafseer said:
“Many scholars of Islaam are of the opinion, that lying upon Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (Peace be upon him) is disbelief, and that it takes one out of Islaam (i.e. it makes him a disbeliever).
For example, describing Allah (SWT) as being everywhere is a serious misconception of which many Muslims are guilty. The Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah are both replete with proofs which show that Allah (SWT) is above and beyond His creation, and not a part of it, as the statement that ‘He, is everywhere’ necessitates.
Lying upon the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) is similarly serious, since indirectly it is lying upon Allah (SWT). The Messenger (Peace be upon him) emphasizing the severity of lying upon himself (Peace be upon him) said:
“Whoever knowingly lie upon me, then let him occupy his seat in the Fire.”
What is even more severe and should discourage them even more is the fact that they will carry the burden of everyone who is misguided because of them. The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:
“…whoever introduces a bad way which others follow, he will have its burden and the burden of every one who acts upon it…”
May Allah (SWT) allow us speak the truth in every matter of life and specially in the matters on Islam.