Know the Islamic view on lying

Education 08 Apr 2021 Contributor
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Islamic view on lying
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One of the important teachings of Islam is to acquire the quality of truthfulness and to refrain from lying. Without it, no one can be a perfect believer. In the Holy Quran, Allah says, “O you who believe, fear Allah and be with those who are true.” (9: 119)

Highlighting the consequences of truth and falsehood, the Prophet (SAW) said, “Follow the truth. Because truthfulness leads to good deeds. And good deeds reach Paradise. Man continues to speak the truth and seek truthfulness, thus at one stage, he is recorded as a truthful person before Allah.

And stay away from lies. Because falsehood leads to wickedness. And wickedness leads to hell. If a person lies and seeks falsehood, then at some point he will be recorded as an utter liar by Allah. ” (Muslim)

In this hadith, the Prophet (SAW) strongly urges us to adhere to the truth and to refrain from lying. That is why it is always obligatory, to tell the truth, and it is Haram to tell lies.

Islamic view on Lying: It is a characteristic disorder

Lying or falsehood is the worst abominable habit. There is no more crime than lying. Therefore, Allah and His Messenger (SAW) do not like liars at all. The Holy Qur’an and Hadith speak of the terrible consequences of liars. No one believes those who are accustomed to lies. Because people are deceived when they fall into the clutches of these people.

Falsehood is such that it takes thousands of tricks and more lies to prove a lie to be true. Lying is such a bad habit that there is no way out of it. It is very difficult to give up lying. Lies can cause catastrophe in the family, society, and country. Many innocent people have been deceived and severely harmed by the lies of liars.

Lying is a characteristic of a hypocrite

In the Quran, Allah mentions lying as one of the inferior traits of the hypocrites. Allah says,

“In their hearts is a disease, so Allah has increased their disease, and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie.” (2:10)

This is also mentioned in the hadith of the Prophet (SAW). It is mentioned in the hadith that there are three signs of a hypocrite. One of them is lying when he speaks. (That is, his habit of lying) ”

Thus, it is clear from the verses of the Quran and the hadith of the Prophet that the habit of lying and falsehood is characteristic of the hypocrites.

Islamic view on Lying: Abandoning lying is a branch of faith

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (R) said, “Stay away from lying. Because lying is contrary to faith.” So he who tells a lie is not a pure believer.

Narrated from Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas (R) that the Prophet (SAW) said, “The believer may have various flaws in his nature. But he cannot be a liar and a deceiver.”

Thus, lying is an abominable act in the eyes of Islam and must be avoided.

Cases where lying is allowed

In three cases, lying is allowed in the hadith. Those three cases are-

1) Lying is legal in war.

2) It is lawful to lie in order to reach an agreement between the two parties to the dispute.

3) Lying is also legal in order to create love and harmony between husband and wife.

Ways to avoid lying

We must avoid lying. There are clear indications in the hadith as to how to get rid of it. And that is to try to tell the truth and to resolve that I will not lie again, under any circumstances. I will always try to tell the truth, to say the right thing. See, Allah says, “O you who believe! Fear Allah and speak the truth.” (33:70)

So I always have to be careful, whether what I am saying is right or wrong. I will say if it is correct, I will not say otherwise. If a believer makes this effort, seeks truthfulness, and prays to Allah, then Allah will surely give him the quality of truthfulness. And he who gets it will get great wealth.

May Allah grant us the grace to understand the horrors of lying and to abandon lying and remain steadfast on the truth. Ameen.