The Beloved (pbuh) and truth

February 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate

All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

Salaam alaikm

Truth

The Prophet (pbuh) was the most truthful in speech, such that he never spoke a lie in his life. This was even true before he became a Prophet, and testament to that was the fact that the people of Mecca called him “the truthful one” (al-saadiq) and “the trustworthy” (al-amin). He (pbuh) said,

Verily, truthfulness leads to piety, and piety leads to Paradise. And a man continues to be truthful until, with Allah, he is written as a truthful person…

(Bukhari and Muslim)


The Prophet (pbuh) detested lies because lies are essentially told in order to deceive people or cheat them, and the Prophet (pbuh) was honest in speech and deed. The people of Mecca entrusted him with their possessions, even to the extent that when they were going to assassinate him prior to his hijra to Medina, he left their possessions with Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) to return to them. He could have made off with them, he could have left them where no one could find them, but our beloved (pbuh) had to return what was entrusted to him to their rightful owners (even as their owners were preparing to kill him!). Being truthful is held so high in esteem that the Prophet (pbuh) is even noted to have said “I guarantee a house in the middle of Paradise for a person who avoids lying even if he were joking” (Abu Dawud).

To tell a lie is to be deceptive, to conceal the truth from someone. We lie when we feel threatened and to get ourselves out of a certain situation. Yet God forbids this. If we have done something wrong, then Allah knows of it, and we should be ashamed in front of God for committing the act rather than of what people would think and so lie to them. Rather we should take responsibility for our actions.

The Companion Ka’b ibn Malik (ra) was such a person who owned up to his mistake, and was therefore recorded in the Book of God until the end of time, so that until today we read about him. About a year before the Prophet (pbuh) passed away, the Roman armies were planning an attack on Medina, and were advancing rapidly. In order to prevent them from reaching there, the Prophet (pbuh) had to march with his army to Tabuk and meet the Roman army there, so that the women and children would be safe. Ka’b ibn Malik (ra) did not march with the army, even though, as he says in his own words “Never did I possess means enough and more favorable than in this occasion and I had never two rides before this battle” (Bukhari) Yet he kept delaying joining the army until it was impossible to catch up with them. And the Battle of Tabuk in particular was a difficult one, especially as many had to march on foot to Tabuk, which was far away, and then muster the energy to face the Romans! When the Prophet (pbuh) and the army returned, the Prophet (pbuh) summoned the men who did not join the expedition to ask why they had not done so. Most of those who had stayed were the hypocrites, and they each told their lies to the Prophet (pbuh), and he (pbuh) excused them. Ka’ib ibn Malik (ra) spoke of his thoughts at the time- to lie or not to lie? He decided to tell the truth. And so he did- was he also excused by the Prophet (pbuh)? Not at that moment, because we have to face the repercussions of our actions. So Ka’b ibn Malik (ra) and the two others who told the truth were isolated from the community because no one was allowed to talk to them until Allah gave a signal. That signal came 50 days later (50 days because that was the length of time of the battle), when an aya came down to the Prophet (pbuh):

“And [He also forgave] the three who were left behind [and regretted their error] to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them so they could repent. Indeed, Allah is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.”

(Surat At-Tawbah, 9:118)

For telling the truth, Allah forgave them, and we know that when Allah accepts repentance, He erases what you did as though you never did it. Their reward was that they were mentioned in the Qur’an, so that everyone who reads it knows that God has accepted these people because they told the truth. Even though they had to face punishment, in the end, the truth is worth it. The rest of the men who had not joined the battle, and there were about 80 of them, were not mentioned, and we do not even know their names. Why? Because they lied.

(Of course, telling the truth does not mean being rude. We do not have to give our opinion on, for example, food and say it is horrible if we think so. Also, lying is permissible to bring two people together if they have fought by saying for e.g. X always says good things about you.)

Simple Sunna

‘Washing the hands before and after eating increases blessings”

(Tirmidhi)

May Allah enable us to be people of truth in our speech and action, and to not transgress the bounds, and to turn to Him in repentance when we do wrong. Ameen.

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