Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Beware of treachery in your worship

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 “Nifaaq”) 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

A truthful person is held in reverence among people in his life and after his death. He is the object of their confidence and praise and they supplicate to Allah to bestow His mercy upon him after his death.

O Muslims! Beware of treachery in your worship of Allah! Do not blemish your worship by showing off, pretence and hypocrisy. Beware of deceit in your adherence to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him); do not introduce innovations in his Sunnah and do not contradict his line of conduct. Beware of falsehood in your treatment with other people; do not tell lies, rather, tell the truth and only the truth. A believer can never be a liar, since dishonesty is a quality of the hypocrites.

Allah the Almighty says that which means:

“… And Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars.” (Al-Munaafiqoon: 1)
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

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’aala hu 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:

    {Wa laa taquloo limaa tasifu alsinatukum al-kadhibi hadhaa halaalun wa hadhaa haraamun li taftaroo ‘alaa Allahi al-kadhibi inna alladhi na yaftaroona ‘alaa Allahi al-kadhibi laa yuflihoona.}
    {Do not say about that which your lying tongues describe that this is lawful and that is not lawful, that you may forge a lie upon Allah.  Verily, those who forge lies upon Allah never succeed.}  An-Nahl: 116

    {Qul inna alladhi na yaftaroona ‘alaa Allahi al-kadhibi laa yuflihoona (69) Mataa’un fey ad-dunya thumma alaynaa marji’uhum thumma nudheeqahum al-’adhaaba ash-shadeeda bi maa kaanoo yakfuroon. (70)}
    {Say, verily those who forge lies upon Allah never succeed. (69) Some provision in this world but unto us is their return and then we will make them taste the severe punishment for the kufr which they used to commit. (70)} Yunus: 69-70
A believer can never tell lies because he believes in the signs of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), and he believes in the Prophet’s saying:

“Falsehood leads to Al-Fujoor (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fujoor leads to the Hellfire, and a man will keep on telling lies until he is written off by Allah as a liar.”

How awful is falsehood and how base is the rank of the liars! Falsehood leads to wickedness, which is the deviation from the straightforward path, which in turn leads to the Fire of Hell, and woe to the denizens of Hell! A liar is mean-spirited, since he is notorious for falsehood in the sight of Allah. How ugly is the description of falsehood, which is always avoided and feared to be known about among people. How can a person feel any peace of mind while he is branded as a liar in the sight of Allah? A liar is always doubted by people, who often suspect his statements and transactions and even dispraise him after his death.

In the Qur’an, Allah mentions falsehood alongside idolatry when He says that which means:

“… So avoid the uncleanliness of idols and avoid false statement.”  (Al-Hajj: 30).

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:

Whether you call them white lies, fibs, half-truths or exaggerations, lying is lying.

Lying causes anxiety, depression and physical illness. You constantly worry your lies will be revealed. Keeping your stories straight requires a lot of work.

After you lie to someone, you may not like being around that person. Lies ruin friendships, work relationships and marriages.

If someone catches you lying, he or she won't easily believe you again. Your status in that person's eyes drops to zero.

Because you tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said to whom. You won't accidentally contradict yourself.

 You earn the reputation as an honest person. If you are a manager, your staff members tell each other, "Our boss might be more honest about your work than you sometimes want to hear, but it's better to know the truth."
. People follow your example and are more truthful to you.

Your stress level drops. You sleep better, eat better and look better.

 You can look at yourself in the mirror. Lying causes self-criticism and depression. Honesty causes self-confidence and pride.

 You are more persuasive. To be persuasive, you need to be believable. To be believable, you must be truthful.

. Best of all, you are trustworthy. When people can trust you, you earn their support. You need peoples' support to reach your goals.

Any lie, no matter how well-fabricated, has a truth somewhere to counter it. That means that for every lie, there exists a small percentage chance that it will be discovered as false. While an individual lie generally goes unnoticed, a series of lies that build upon one another also increase that percentage chance to be discovered. The more a person gets used to lying, the more likely they will be to get caught in a lie.
Once a person is caught lying, it is rarely the first time they have done so. It begs the question regarding the number of times they have already lied before this incident.
Fear Allah, O Muslims, with regard to yourselves, your community and your religion! Do you not know that a religion is reflected and represented by its followers? If the Islamic nation is distinguished by falsehood, blind imitation, and seizing of the properties of others unlawfully, then where will the true Islamic characteristics are? If Muslims are to appear with such disgraceful characteristics then is this not a means of keeping people away from the religion of Islam? This will mean that Muslims will be held in contempt by their enemies, who will feel superior when they realize that the Muslims are adopting their indecencies and bad morals which are condemned by Islam. What a disgrace for those who followed the way of those destined to ruin and kept themselves away from the path of those on whom Allah conferred His favors to - the prophets, the trustworthy, the martyrs and the righteous!

Praise truthfulness. Parents should make every effort to praise their children when they are being honest. Behavior that is praised is much more likely to be repeated.
"Trustworthiness is a highly esteemed commodity*. When one has it, one is considered valuable. When one has lost it, one may be considered worthless."  (Commodity: something useful or valuable)
We can say, without any doubt that, lying is one of the most evil characteristics, of which all religions and systems of ethics warn against and which man's innate common sense (Fitra) agrees that it is wrong. Any who possess normal chivalry and sound reason would also be obliged the same.
Think before you say something about others. Be very cautious and extremely careful while making comments about a person in his absence. Avoid suspicion and mistrust and think good of people. May Allah clean our hearts, and enable us to watch our tongue and our acts, Amen

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