Saturday, 4 June 2011

1-- Beware of lying. Whenever you think it will benefit you, it only harms you.

.....We preach piety but we ourselves don't practice it......

Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah, and He shall requite their deceit to them, and when they stand up to prayer they stand up sluggishly; they do it only to be seen of men and do not remember Allah save a little. (Quote by - Quran)

"A religious man is a person who holds Allah SWT (God) and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair
“Truthfulness guide to righteousness and righteousness guides to Paradise.  Verily, a man will be truthful until he is recorded with Allah as ever-believing.  And lying guides to moral corruption. And moral corruption guides to the fire.  Verily, a man will continue to lie until he is recorded with Allah as a complete liar.”  Muslim & Al-Bukhari

Then why is a youth of Islam lying.

Whether the practice of giving the khutba in English is acceptable.
The sermon is given in English because it is the common language understood by those who attend. This is the proper way. Unfortunately, in most mosques in the UK, and other places as well, the sermon is given in Arabic or Punjabi, Urdu, when only a small percentage of the audience understands it.( This is a good one read) It is often the case that the imam himself does not understand Arabic. He reads the sermon from a book, and makes it very short. In most cases, it is given in less than four minutes. Ninety percent of the audience could not understand a word. Even Arabic-speaking people might not understand because of the speed with which it is delivered. This is a poor reflection on the status of the Muslims today. Wherever the community does not speak Arabic, the sermon should be in its own language. Thus, it should be delivered in English, French, Turkish or Urdu or Malay, etc. etc. according to what is spoken locally. (Good communication should be the base of every society,)

Islam requires the Muslim community to hold the midday prayer on Friday in congregation, and that it should be preceded by a speech in which the imam discusses some issues that are important to the community, the general situation of the Muslims, and reminds his audience of their duties to God, and the Day of Judgment. For the congregation to benefit by the khutba, or the sermon, it must be delivered in a language they understand. If the congregation, or a clear majority, is composed of people who do not speak Arabic, what benefit would they have if the imam gives his sermon in Arabic? The very purpose of the sermon will be defeated. (InshaAllah More On: imam’s khutba :).

The prohibition of lying.
 In our every day life. We claim to be Muslims and unhesitatingly say that we are proud to follow it, but when it comes to putting our words into actions, unfortunately, we are far from it. We teach our children one thing but we do another. We preach piety but we ourselves don't practice it.
We lie in our everyday lives and in our dealings with everyone yet we are totally unaware of it.
We sometimes lie without even meaning to do it! Like if an annoying neighbour calls on the phone and you tell your child to say that you are in the shower or otherwise indisposed so you don’t get stuck on the phone for an hour. That’s a lie.
One of the worst forms of lying in which a Muslim can engage is to be phony about his/her Islam.  Al-Hassan Al-Basri, an early taabi’i, was a famous waa’idh (preacher) who could bring large numbers of people to tears in moments.  No one doubted his piety buy himself.  He used to go to his home every night after doing whatever good Allah knows for Islam and tremble in fear that his actions may not measure up to his words.  He did this in true contemplation and understanding of Allah’s statement:

  A Munafiq is one whose apparent external reality is Islam, belief, practice of Islam, etc. but whose inner reality is disbelief and evil intent toward Islam and the Muslims.  It is NOT simply “hypocrisy” (which covers many things which are not “nifaq”) and that is a very inadequate and misleading of the term.  The character flaw possessed by a Munafiq is called “Nifaaq”. Nifaaq negates Islam even if one is “practicing” in the apparent

    “Aayatu al-munaafiqi thalaathun WA in salla WA Sama wa za’ama anna hu Muslim:  idhaa haddatha kadhiba, wa idhaa wa’ada akhlafa wa idhaa ‘tumina khaan.”
    “The signs of a Munafiq are three – even if he prays fasts and claims/believes he is a Muslim:  when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise and when he is entrusted he betrays the trust.”  Muslim & Al-Bukhari

These hadith clearly tell us that lying or truthfulness is character traits.  They are habit-forming, are “slippery slopes” and are not something that any human can turn on and off at will.  One who is a liar to people will also be a liar to Allah and vice versa.  That is why a Muslim must take utmost precaution and steps against ANY form of lying, deception or falsehood whether with/about Allah or with/about people. 
{Yaa Ayyuha alladhi Na amanu Lima taquloo na maa laa taf’aloona? (2)  Kabura maqtan ‘inda Allahi an taquloo maa laa taf’aloona. (3)}
    {O, you who believe, why do you say that which you do not do? (2) It is very hateful to Allah that you would say that which you do not do.}  As-Saff: 2-3

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (R.A) that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wasallam) said,

“Four traits if found together in a person make him a hypocrite. Whoever has one of these, possesses one of the hypocritical characteristics until he renounces it: When he speaks, he lies; when he draws a contract, he breaches it, when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and he abuses his opponents in time of dispute.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The worst forms of lying is to tell lies (or speak without knowledge) about Allah, His Messenger and His Message (Islam).  The source of this knowledge is Allah (via the Qur’an) and His Messenger (via the authentic hadith).  There is no other route to this knowledge and the knowledge was sent by Allah is being preserved by Allah.  Al-hamdu lillaahi!  The knowledge is there for the seeking until yawmil Qiyamah.  The previous nations did not get this.  There were put in charge of preserving their messages and they lost them all.  Allah himself took charge of preserving the message of Islam – even if that was actually carried out by human means.  Allah said:

    {Al-Haqqu min rabbika fa laa takun min al-mumtareena (60) Fa man haajjaka Fihi min ba’di maa jaa’aka min al-’ilm fa Qul ta’aalau nad’u abnaa’anaa wa abnaa’akum wa nisaa’anaa wa nisaa’akum wa anfusanaa wa anfusakum thumma nabtahil fa naj’al la’nata Allahi ‘alaa al-kaadhibeena. (61)}
    {The truth is from your Lord so do not be among those who doubt. (60) Then, if anyone disputes with you about it after that knowledge which has come to you, simply say to them:  Come, let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves and let us make a solemn prayer and invoke Allah’s curse upon whoever is lying. (61) Aal ‘Imran: 60-61

This includes lying about Allah’s laws (the Sharia) and speaking about what is Halaal and what is haram without authentic knowledge from Allah and/or from His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wasallam.  Allah said:

   In addition to lying about Allah being one of the greatest sins and a cause of punishment in the hereafter, in the above verses, we see that:

    Material gain is one of the motives for which people commit it.
    People who commit this will never succeed.
    They may get “goods” (mataa’) in this life, but will only eventually return to Allah and be severely punished.
    What they did was kufr.

Dishonesty in your business dealings as well as in your interaction with others is lying.

Giving false witness is one of the gravest forms of lying.

Making a false claim that your injury happened at work, although it didn't, so that you could get compensation is lying.

Pretending to be of low income and applying for government aid, although you are not in need of it, is another form of lying and deception.

Forging or altering university certificates to get a job or visa, is just plain and simple, lying and fraud.

Paper marriages to get a green card, altering a bill to 'save' some money or for insurance purposes or some other kind of personal gain is also trickery and deceit.

We also forget that any apparent 'gain' that we get from all these forms of lying is not actually any gain at all.

Actually, any money that we earn or save is all haram because we didn't earn it lawfully. And it is one of the reasons why dua is rejected by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala.
  Material gain is one of the motives for which people commit it.
People who commit this will never succeed.
    They may get “goods” (mataa’) in this life, but will only eventually return to Allah and be severely punished.
    What they did was wrong.

It is never beneficial, even if it appears to be so in the short run.

  “Beware of lying.  Whenever you think it will benefit you, it only harms you.”

Remember the Hadith of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi wasallam):
"Then he mentioned a man who had been traveling for a long time and was disheveled and dusty; he stretches out his hands towards the heavens and says, 'O Lord, O Lord', but his food is haram, his drink is haram, his clothing is haram. He is nourished by haram, so how can his du'aa' be accepted?" (Muslim)
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wasallam) was known as “Siddiq” The Truthful even before he was made the Nabi. The sahabas (ra) used to say that they did not know what a lie was! Meaning they never lied. So it is possible to stop lying. All we need to do is make a conscious effort and learn the importance of telling the truth.

Why we should not lie:
At the start of Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah has informed us about three types of people and their characteristics:

Muttaqeen (Those who save themselves from sin, hell and Allah’s anger)

• They believe on Ghaib (unseen).
. (To be continued)….

May Allah make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........

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