The honest peoplePosted: June 15, 2012
The Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam, said:
Honesty leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise . A man remains honest and concerned about honesty until he is recorded as an honest man with Allah. Lying leads to sinfulness and sinfulness leads to the Fire. A man keeps lying and remains partial to lies until he is recorded as a liar with Allah. [Sahîh al-Bukharî and Muslim]
Honesty is the prime quality and the overriding moral virtue of a believer. A sincere Muslim is one who continues to practice honesty until he is written with Allah as a sidiq. Allah says, “This is the day that the honest people will benefit from their honesty.” How can a Muslim have true taqwa in his heart but is continuously untruthful? Taqwa, in essence, stems from sincerity and honesty, Allay says, “O you who believe, fear Allah and be among those who are honest.” A Muslim avoids lies, deception, and trickery. He is always truthful in his speech and manner – never intends to mislead anyone, even if it be a Kafir.
Hypocrites adopt lying as a form of life and is the root of their evil. “The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust.” [Al-Bukhari]. It is a disease of the soul and leads to great repercussions. Read carefully the following verse, Allah says:
They [think to] deceive Allah and those who believe, but they deceive not except themselves and perceive [it] not. In their hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie. [2:9/10]
First type: Honesty with Allah
This is the most supreme form of honesty as it directly reflects on our relationship with Allah. The affirmation of ‘La Ilaha Ila Allah’ must be one that is honest and unshaken by shubuhat (suspicion). A believer is never hesitant about his faith, nor does he ever abandon it. He believes in his purpose, thereby acting upon Allah’s commands. Taqwa becomes firmly instituted in his heart and is then portrayed honestly in his actions. Never does he break his promises and covenants with Allah. His main motive is one that seeks to please Allah and nothing else. He understands that Allah is always watching him, and that He knows what lies in his heart. Honesty means that we seek recognition solely from Allah, not with His creation. Ignoring praise and recognition from others so that not to fall in riyaa’ (showing-off).
Second type:Honesty with people
Honesty is the key component when interacting with others. A Muslim does not lie to avoid trouble or gain access to wealth, aggrandizement, or to earn the adoration of others. His speech is one that is permanently truthful. He does not backbite, slander, or get involved in false accusations. The Propeht (SAW) said: “It is enough to make a person a liar that he tells others everything that he hears.” Even when he jokes, he speaks truth. The worst lie is one that contains lying on the Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam. He warned us from such misdoings and specially mentioned that anyone who purposely does, then let him reserve his seat in hell-fire. We should always be careful when we transmit hadith and verify everything we say about him. Purposely transmitting false or weak hadith is a grave mistake. This is a clear act of dishonesty and is a criminal conduct in Islam. An honest Muslim is one who is extremely careful and thinks about what he say or does. He never breaks his promises or betrays his trust. He is keen to revolve his life around honestly so that to be raised with the honest ones on the day of Judgment.