Islam is the only religion which guides its followers in every step of their lives. There are various good manners and excellent morals that Islam teaches us and truthfulness is one of them. Islam has declared it as one key element of a good character. Telling truth and avoiding lie are two basic characters of a true and faithful Muslim. To speak always truth means to be faithful, honest and trustworthy person. As a result, everyone in the society will trust such person and get inspiration from him. Many people will try to follow him, particularly his intimate friends and companions will also try to become like him and be distinguished in the society.
Almighty Allah ordered the believers to tell the truth and urged them to be among the truthful. He revealed too many verses about truthfulness in His Book. He says:
“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” (At-Taubah 9:119).
Imam Ibn Kathir (May Allah Have mercy on him) says about this verse: “This verse says, adhere to and always say the truth, so that you become among its people and be saved from destruction and calamities. Allah will make a way for you out of your concerns and a refuge.”
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was known as a truthful by the pagans of Makkah even before declaration of his Prophethood and the emergence of Islam. He, himself is an excellent example of truthfulness. He emphasized on this great type of manner and urged his Ummah to always speak the truth. It is narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“I enjoin you to be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man may continue to tell the truth and endeavor to be truthful until he is recorded with Allah as truthful. And beware of lying, for lying leads to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Fire. A man may continue to tell lies and endeavor to tell lies, until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.” (Muslim 2607)
Telling the truth is a key for all doors and kinds of goodness that lead to Paradise. Faith (Iman) and lying are two different characters, one is good and the other is bad. They can never exist together in the heart of a true believer. Allah says:
“It is only those who believe not in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, who fabricate falsehood, and it is they who are liars.” (An-Nahl 16:105).
Truthfulness is a mean by the help of which the servants of Allah attain the Good Pleasure and the True Love of Allah. Those who tell the truth always gain success and salvation on the Day of Judgment. Allah, the Exalted says:
“Allah will say: “This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) – they shall abide therein forever. Allah is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise).” (Al-Maidah 5:119).
Truthfulness has too many benefits. Some of them are listed below:
- It is one of the major and basic necessities of our society.
- It is one of the excellence of human attitude.
- It brings glorious benefits, while lying is one of the basic elements of destruction and corruption in the community.
- It helps individuals attain rewards from Allah here and hereafter.
- A truthful person earns respect and trust of the people around.
As Muslims and true believers we should tell the truth, adhere to it and follow the good example of the Prophet (PBUH). We ask Allah to make us truthful secretly and openly and forgive our sins. Ameen
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