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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise; a person remains truthful until he is written as a Siddeeq (truthful person) with Allah. Lying leads to sin and sin leads to the Fire; a person keeps lying until he is written as a Kadhdhab (liar) with Allah.”  (Bukhari, Muslim)

Imam Malik stated that Abdullah ibn Masud would say, “Each time someone lies a black spot appears on his heart until his whole heart becomes black and he is written with Allah as a Kadhdhab.” He also records that it was asked of Luqman, “How have you reached this level in excellence?” He replied, “By being true in speech, fulfilling trusts and leaving what does not concern me.” 

Shaytaan pushes us to lie and then think ‘oh it was just a little white lie’ so we don’t feel bad about it. We believe that it’s no big deal. Then we lie again and again, until it develops into a habit, and all those lies have now blackened our hearts and we become known as a ‘khadhab’ – a liar.

There are many types of lies, too many to list, but we should think about what we’ve been lying about. If it’s because we’re covering up something we shouldn’t be doing, then we should have a re-think about our actions. If we were happy with what we’re doing and weren’t ashamed of it, we wouldn’t feel the need to lie.

Spiteful lying is when we do so to benefit ourselves or to hurt others. For example, lawyers lie at court to help their criminal client win the lawsuit, or some may lie to cheat others like those who lie about their products in order to sell them. Some people lie to exaggerate a point or ‘stretch the truth’ in order to boast, but that’s a whole topic in itself.

These are all forms of lies and they are unlawful in Islam. We are told to be truthful in everything we say, that way people are judged justly, people don’t get cheated and so on. We are encouraged to follow the footsteps of our Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as he was known to be ‘the truthful one’ even before he became the Messenger of Islam.

Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise.

Let’s try our best to be truthful always and InshAllah we will be of the righteous people who are granted Jannah.


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