…if you want your prayers to be answered; if you want success and guidance; if you want the mercy of Allah, then substitute your lies with truth. If you want paradise, be amongst the truthful!

Thursday, Ramadan 18, 1440 AH (May 23, 2019)

I begin in the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Alhamdulillah… Infinite thanks and praises are due to the Almighty Allah. I send abundant peace and blessings upon our beloved master, Muhammad, his household, his Companions and all those who follow his guided path till end of time.

Dear brothers and sisters! Our beloved Prophet Muhammad, (Peace be upon him) said:

“Honesty leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man remains honest and concerned about honesty until he is recorded as an honest man with Allah. Lying leads to sinfulness and sinfulness leads to the Fire. A man keeps lying and remains partial to lies until he is recorded as a liar with Allah.” [Al-Bukhari]

Respected brothers and sisters! A person can deceive many people by presenting himself with honesty, humility, respect, manners and knowledge. He can gain a lot of friends and followers by being fake. In fact, he can reach high levels of power, leadership and authority by giving false promises and twisting the truth for his personal gain. He can do a lot of things with deception and lies, but he can never remain in that state forever. He can lie, but wallahi truth eventually will come out. And he will end up in a state of embarrassment, and he will be among the losers who will end up in hellfire.

That’s what lies are. They are nothing but fake words, fake news and fake stories that give the liar a few minutes of contentment, but can put the person who receives the lie in distress for a long time. If lying is a trait you posses, then you should give it up immediately. Lying is only permitted for the greater good. And most of us do not know what the greater good is, therefore we should not lie, because each lie leads to something else, which we have no control over. Every time you think about telling a lie, think of the punishment of Allah, which He explicitly says in the Glorious Qur’an:

“A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.” [Qur’an, 2:10]

My people! Lying is explicitly mentioned in the Qur’an as a reason of hellfire. So avoid lying, for it leads to no good. No person has conquered the world because he or she was a liar. In fact such a person was not even known or remembered, because only a few people love him or her. However, many truthful people are remembered and loved, because they are honest.

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) was known as “Al-Amin”, The Truthful or The Trustworthy even before he was made the Prophet. The Sahaba (Prophet’s Companions RA) used to say that they did not know what a lie was! This means 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.

Abdullah Bin Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

“Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah (Paradise). A man persists in speaking the truth until he is enrolled with Allah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire of (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar.” [Al-Bukhari]

Lying is not good, whether it is intentional or a joke. It can hurt one instantly as soon as the lie leaves his lips. Have you ever met someone who jokes a lot, whether lying or not? Lying has become a trait for such person. It defines his personality. It controls him, and gives him false contentment. Eventually he will lie so much that nobody will take him serious.

So why should we speak the truth? If you want success. If you want respect and honour. If you want paradise to be your end, then speak the truth. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the most truthful person, and look at the influence and legacy he has left behind. Truth leads to success, whereas lies lead to deception and loss. By lying, you can make a personal gain in this world, but at the expense of the hereafter.

Imam Malik related that he heard Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud used to say:

“The servant continues to lie and a black spot grows in his heart until all his heart becomes black. Then he is written, in Allah’s sight, among the liars.” [Imam Malik’s Muwatta]

Lying is a trait of unbelievers, whereas truthfulness is a trait of believers. Imam Malik related that Safwan Ibn Sulaim said:

“The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was asked, ‘Can the believer be a coward?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the believer be a miser?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the believer be a liar?’ He said, ‘No.’” [Imam Malik’s Muwatta]

And Remember!

“Allah does not guide one who is a transgressor and a liar.” [Qur’an, 40:28]

So if you want your prayers to be answered; if you want success and guidance; if you want the mercy of Allah, then substitute your lies with truth. If you want paradise, be amongst the truthful!

And all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

I ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in this blessed month of Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.

Written by your brother, Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.