‘THE NOBLE MESSENGER OF ALLAH (PEACE BE UPON HIM) is reported to have said:
“Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise; a man may speak the truth until he is recorded with Allah as truthful; and verily, lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Hellfire; a man may tell lies until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.”
(Hadith- Sahih Muslim 2607)
Note: Honesty and truthfulness are two interrelated traits which a true Muslim must have. A true Muslim is honest in his or her words and deeds, both privately and publicly even if it is against his or her own interests. In the pathway to wisdom, Honesty is the first step!
Honesty, in fact, engenders strength on every level. On the personal level, it provides integrity, self worth, and inner fortitude. On the social level, it lends depth and substance to our relationships with other people. On the spiritual level, it brings about the sincerity to our Lord, Allah Ta’ala and that is the key to our true happiness and salvation!