In the Qur’an when Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala addresses the people of faith He says, “…those who believe and do righteous deeds…” He calls our attention to the fact that a correct belief without righteous deeds is not acceptable to Him. Repeated at least 50 times, it tells us how important it is to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for us to belief in Him and not spread mischief on this earth.
Our actions convey whose path we are following. Is this the path of the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam who sacrificed his sleep and cried for us in the late hours of the night? Or is this the path that delights the devil? Where are our friends heading? If we love them aren’t we going to rush to save them?
Scholars explain this by the following scenario: Imagine that there is a fire burning in front of you. Your friend is walking callously and is nearing the fire. Are you going to stand there and watch your friend burn in fire or are you going to save him? Are you going to smile and say, “O well, what can I say it’s his personal matter”? A caring friend would rush to pull his friend back no matter how much his friend fights back to let him go. Do not turn a blind eye to your friends’ deeds just because the fire of Hell is hidden from your sight, today. Save yourself and your friends from fire.
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as just witnesses; and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice,” (5: 8).
Truthfulness in Islam is a great virtue. It was a quality that our beloved Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was known for even before prophethood came to him. A steadfast affirmer of truth is not afraid of people. Since he only fears Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala he does not worry about what people are going to say. He only speaks the truth and reflects reality. He does not play with situations to cover up for his loved ones or to make temporary profits. He is only worried about what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala wants from him.
When people are not true in their words and deeds widespread corruption emerges. We are cheating people in our personal lives, at school, and in businesses.
In our homes, we misinform our parents where we are going or why we would be late. Spouses cheat each other and can come up with numerous excuses to cover their wrongdoings. Sibling rivalry forces us to put the blame on our sibling and save our own backs. We then complain about families falling apart.
At school, when a teacher complains about a child, the parent instead of listening to the teacher takes the complaint to the principal and blames the teacher. The principal’s role here is not entirely to defend the school’s reputation or his/her seat, but to be just. He/she should carefully look into the matter and provide both the teacher and the parent a solution to address the problem. The blame games do not lead to positive outcomes. The child who is observing all this is learning how to manipulate situations in the future.
At work, we misuse office property for personal tasks. We misquote product prices and think of strategies to scoop out more money from the customers’ pockets. Marketing and advertising has now become an art of how best you can deceive people. Office politics is another area where people blatantly utter lies for personal or professional gains.
In doing all this, we are forgetting the accountability that awaits us. When our friends share with us how they fooled their parents or spouse for a temporary pleasure we should not just listen to their expeditions but rather suggest them a better alternative to handling their problems. When a parent complains about his child’s school, we should not agree with them that yes, it is definitely school’s fault. Likewise, when a teacher friend shares how negligent parents have become these days, we should help her see where we are failing as teachers and parents. At work, we should remind ourselves and our friends to earn an honest living. A halal job is not simply something that is permissible, but it includes all facets of truthfulness. Are we truthful in our business conversations? Do we accept our errors or find people to pin the blame on? Do we want to reach the top through our skills or maneuvering? What about office equipment and stationery? For what purposes is it being used?
While we might temporarily deceive people and safe ourselves or our loved ones in a situation, what about the angels who are monitoring our every word and action?
“And conceal your speech or publicize it, indeed, He is Knowing of that within your chests. Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?” [Surah al-Mulk 67: 13-14] We might successfully deceive the creation, how can we deceive Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? And why would we deceive Him when He favors us so much?
Let us be honest in our day-to-day dealings, in our promises (including marriage and employment contract), in our businesses and in our testimonials. Let us not wrongly protect or favor our families and friends. Let us remind ourselves and our friends that getting what we want is not by maneuvering things in our favor, but by correct efforts and sincere du’as.
Adhering to truthfulness not only brings peace and tranquility in our lives, but it is also a means of drawing closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
One of our admins’ article published in The Intellect magazine, Pakistan.