Consequences Of Lying
Fear Allah and be among those who are truthful in their worship to Allah and in their treatment of His servants. Be sincere to Allah in your worship, with no showing off or seeking of reputation. Abide by the commands of Allah in order to attain nearness to Him and obtain His good rewards; shun His prohibitions in order to avoid being far from His mercy and being liable to His punishment. Do not seek anyone’s praise for your worship of Allah, for He is the One Who does not stand in need of a partner. If anyone does anything in which he associates anyone else with Him, He shall abandon him to the one whom he associates with Allah. Be truthful to Rasulullah (SAW) without failing to follow his Sunnah and without introducing innovation to it. Be truthful to people when you deal with them, telling them the truth. Allah the Almighty orders us:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ
“O you who have believed! Fear Allaah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).” (Surah At-Tawbah 9: 119).
Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Stick to truthfulness, as it leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise; and a person will keep on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person.”
In this Hadith Rasulullah (SAW) explained that there is an end for truthfulness, which is righteousness that leads to Paradise and a rank within it for the truthful, which is trustworthiness that is next only to the rank of the prophets. Allah the Almighty says:
وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ ۚ وَحَسُنَ أُولَـٰئِكَ رَفِيقًا
“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.” (Surah An-Nisaa’ 4: 69)
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. Beware of treachery in our worship of Allah! Do not blemish your worship by showing off, pretence and hypocrisy. Beware of deceit in your adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (SAW) 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:
إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُهُ وَاللَّهُ يَشْهَدُ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لَكَاذِبُونَ
“When the Hypocrites come to thee, they say, “We bear witness that thou art indeed the Messenger of Allah.” Yea, Allah knoweth that thou art indeed His Messenger, and Allah beareth witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars..” (Surah Al-Munaafiqoon 63:1)
فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ مَرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ اللَّهُ مَرَضًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ
“In their (i.e., the hypocrites) hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they (habitually) used to lie.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 10)
Allah also says:
إِنَّمَا يَفْتَرِي الْكَذِبَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْكَاذِبُونَ
“They only invent falsehoods who do not believe in the verses of Allah, and it is those who are the liars.” (Surah An-Nahl 16: 105).
A believer can never tell lies because he believes in the signs of Allah and His Messenger (SAW), and he believes Rasulullah (SAW) 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 Allaah. 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 Allaah? 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:
ذَٰلِكَ وَمَنْ يُعَظِّمْ حُرُمَاتِ اللَّهِ فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَهُ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِ ۗ وَأُحِلَّتْ لَكُمُ الْأَنْعَامُ إِلَّا مَا يُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْكُمْ ۖ فَاجْتَنِبُوا الرِّجْسَ مِنَ الْأَوْثَانِ وَاجْتَنِبُوا قَوْلَ الزُّورِ
“Such (is the Pilgrimage): whoever honors the sacred rites of Allah, for him it is good in the Sight of his Lord. Lawful to you (for food in Pilgrimage) are cattle, except those mentioned to you (as exception): but shun the abomination of idols, and shun the word that is false.” (Surah Al-Hajj 22: 30).
It is appropriate that a Muslim can adopt falsehood as a guide to his behavior or a methodology for his life? Even the disbelievers in the pre-Islamic era did not foster falsehood as a method of life, or as a means of attaining their goals. Abu Sufyan, (RA), who was still a disbeliever at the time, was asked by Heraclius the Roman Emperor about Rasulullah (SAW), he told him the truth, he later recalled this incident saying: “I swear by Allah that if I did not fear becoming notorious for falsehood, I would have lied about him (i.e., Rasulullah (SAW)).” This was the case of the disbelievers in the pre-Islamic era; they kept aloof from falsehood and felt embarrassed lest falsehood should be ascribed to them. What then is the matter with you believers, who are endowed by Allah with the perfect religion that enjoins and entices you to be truthful and tells you about its good fruits, and forbids you from falsehood and clarifies its evil consequences? Abu Sufyan (RA) who was still a disbeliever at that time, kept aloof from being described as a liar, even once, though he knew that there was great benefit for him to tell lies about Rasulullah (SAW) Some weak-minded people from the Muslim Nation may satisfy themselves with falsehood convincing themselves that it is lawful for them because of their carelessness, or a false belief that falsehood is lawful as long as it does not lead to usurping the rights of others, or to seek material gain for their enjoyment in this worldly life, or as result of blind imitation of others. All these false excuses are self-deception and delusion of thought. Carelessness as regards falsehood is the epitome of indecency, since telling a lie even only once penetrates the barrier between man and falsehood, bringing him face to face with it. Like all other sins, falsehood is abhorred by the souls of the believers. However, if it is committed once, it becomes easy for man to commit it again, and if it is committed again, it will be easier for man to commit it over and over, until it becomes a part of one’s instinct and he commits it on purpose, and thus he will be held a liar in the sight of Allah. Falsehood is unlawful, even if it does not lead to devouring the rights of others unlawfully. It is not stated in the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him) that the prohibition of falsehood is contingent on such a condition. Rather, when it is combined with seizing the properties of others unlawfully, the sin will be even graver and its punishment more severe. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas (RA), reported that Rasulullah (SAW) recounted certain types of major sins, among which was the intentional false testimony, so when Rasulullah (SAW) was asked about the meaning of such a testimony, Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “It is (one) with which the property of a Muslim is seized wrongfully, while he (i.e., the one testifying falsely) is a liar.”(Muslim)
Rasulullah (SAW) said: “He who appropriated the right of a Muslim by (taking a false) oath, Allah will make the Hellfire incumbent upon him and will declare Paradise forbidden for him.” So a person asked him: “Even if it is for something insignificant, O Messenger of Allah?” and Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “(Yes) even if it is (as insignificant) as a twig of the ‘araak tree.” (Ahmad & Muslim) A person may tell lies for fun to entertain his companions, and thus become accustomed to telling lies and feel no grievousness in this. It was related in a Hadith:
“Woe to one who tells lies to entertain people! Woe to him! Woe to him!”
So fear Allah, with regard to yourselves, your spouse, 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 be? 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 favours to – the prophets, the trustworthy, the martyrs and the righteous!
“May Allah save us from telling LIES. Aameen Thuma Aameen”