BismilLaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Allah, the Sublime, says:
“Indeed those who fabricate Lies upon Allah, are only those who disbelieve in His signs, and it is they who are truly liars.” [An-Nahl : 105]
Allah, the Almighty says:
“A painful torment is theirs because they used to be liars” [Al-Baqarah 2:10].
Ibn Mas`oud, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘Truth guides to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Janaah and indeed a person would involve in truth until he is written with Allah as truthful such as our First Imam Abubakar Siddique may Allah be pleased with him. And lying guides to immorality which guide to Jahannam, and a person would lie until he is written with Allah as a liar. [Bukhari & Muslim].
From among the characteristic of a hypocrite, described to us by the Prophet (peace be upon him), is that ” when he speaks he lies’: [Bukhari & Muslim].
Hypocrites are the worst of people, because of their evil deeds which involve deception. Consequently, their punishment would be the most severe on the Day of Judgment. So, brothers and sisters, lets avoid lying at all cost, so as to save ourselves from being even considered to be associated with the worst of mankind.
A person is only allowed to lie if it involves the following:
-Making peace between two Muslims.
-Lying to the enemy in battle to protect other Muslims.
-The lying of a man to his wife and she to her husband (to keep their relationship harmonious). However, this should not be understood to mean cases of clear lies. Rather, it is the extolling of the virtues of each other, by using pleasant words, although it contains exaggeration. And Allah knows best.
All of the above are established in the following Hadeeth of the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him): “I do no consider it lying: A man who makes peace between other men, a man who speaks in battle, a man speaking to his wife, or a wife speaking to her husband ”
There are many blatant cases of lying, although people do not consider them to be such:
1. Calling a child for something and there is nothing to give him.
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Aamir said: “The Messenger of Allah came to our house while I was a boy, so he ‘Abdullaah said: ‘I left to go and play. My mother said ‘Come ‘Abdullaah for me to give you (something).’ The Messenger (peace be upon him) said: ‘What will you give to him?’ She said ‘I will give him a date. ” He (Abdullaah) said, that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “If you did not have anything to give to him, a lie would have been written against you. [Abu Dawood & Ahmad].
Let’s take heed! Since we want to raise our children upon Islam, and to train them to be truthful, we must beware of lying to them, because that will teach them to lie.
It should be noted that this incident was related by someone who was young when it happened to him. So, children take note of incidents much more than we realize. Therefore, we must not assume that we are playing around and trying to make fun with them, by fooling them.
2. Speaking about everything we hear.
The Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “It is enough (to make) a man a liar if he speak! everything he hears”. [Abu Dawood & Al-Haakim]
A person might transfer something that was not verified saying: ‘This is what I heard, and I did not add anything to it’. So what would be his end, if what he heard was slander or vilifying of a pious person?
3. Lying to make others laugh. The Messenger said: “Woe to him who speak? and lie so that he can makes people laugh – woe to him, woe to him “.[Ahmad, Abu Dawood & others]..
May Allah keep guiding us and protect our torque from any acts of disobedience. Aameen.