Fifth Question and Answer (Part 08)

Dawah & Tabligh, Islamic Politics (Al-Eitidal fi Maratib ul Rijal), Uncategorized / Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Today our ‘deen’ has become the search for sustenance. Our ‘religion’ now is to accumulate wealth. The total sum of our aspirations is the acquisition of rank and status in the world. In order to acquire position and to uphold our so- called dignity, or for some desirable worldly gain, we do not care whether we attack someone‟s honour. For that we do not hesitate to utter lies or to take false oaths.

Actually it was always known that a Muslim was one who never spoke a lie. Speaking lies was just not part of the make-up of a Muslim. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasa 11am) said: “When a person speaks a lie, the angels of Mercy flee one mile away from the bad odour emanating from his mouth.” (Mishkat) This is as if the bad smell from speaking lies spreads for such a long distance.
A man asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): “Can a believer ever be unmanly and devoid of courage?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “Yes, he can be.” The man asked: “Can he be stingy?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “Yes he can be.” The man asked: “Can he be a liar?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “No, a Muslim can never be a liar.‟‟ (Mishkat)

Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) said: “Save yourself from speaking lies, because lies are far removed from Imaan.” (Durr Manthoor)

Sayyidah Ayesha (Radiallahu anha) said: “There was nothing more hateful in the sight of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) than lies. Whenever the speaking of lies by anyone became known to him, he remained uncomfortable until such time that he became aware of the repentance of that person.” (Durr Manthoor)

Sayyidina Abdullah bin Umar (Radiallahu anhu) says we once asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): “Who is the best amongst men?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): “Every person of open heart and truthful tongue.” We asked again: “We know what a truthful tongue is but what is meant by an “open heart?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “The open hearted one is he who is Allah-fearing, straight walking, without iniquity, jealousy or malice.” (Ibn Majah)

Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) said: “You will never find a believer to be a liar.”

Sayyidina Anas (Radiallahu anhu) said: “Through the evil of speaking lies a man becomes deprived of fasting during the day and the performing of Tahajjud prayers at night.”

Fuzail bin Iyaz said: “A man is not adorned by anything as much as he is adorned by halaal earnings and the speaking of truth.” (Durr Manthoor)

Sayyidina Uqbah bin „Aamir (Radiallahu anhu) said: “I asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): Which is the path towards salvation?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “Keep your tongue under control, remain in your home, (not moving outside without cause) and cry over your sins.” (Durr Manthoor)

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