[Published in print: The Tripoli Post, March 24-30, 2012, page-10, Libya.]
The world is full of crimes. There is not only one crime but hundred and thousand types of crimes. One of the common crimes is lying. We can say ‘lying is the beginning of all crimes’.
In fact, lying is not only a crime but also a sin. Lying is one of the most common wrong acts that we commit throughout our daily life. It has become a sort of habit. People have literally forgotten to avoid it.
Sometimes, husband lies his wife for his late coming at home from office. The other time, wife lies husband about the meals, about not taking care of kids etc.
We also lie for no reason like, we say we are ill when we are just lazy and don’t want to go to work. Sometimes we don’t like something but we say we like it because we don’t wish to hurt someone’s feelings by telling ‘no’.
Kids lie their parents or teachers regarding their home-works or for not attending school. Employees lie to their boss, for late coming, or for incomplete work. The examples go on.
Telling lies for salary and age is also very common.
In short, there are so many unimportant activities and doings about which people tell lies to avoid argument or to get some quick benefits. In doing so, nobody realizes that they commit sin though small or big. Sometimes, some people even commit it without knowing what they are actually saying.
We will have to tell countless lies to hide the very first lie we told. Very true, to conceal one wrong statement, people make hundred more wrong statements so that they can keep up the pride.
By telling lie, one can misguide others and just by a single wrong word, people can be misguided easily.
Some people tell lies just for fun, some to hurt others and some for maintaining their social status. Sometimes a very small and minute lie can destroy somebody’s whole life. Lying truly is a form of deception.
In contrast, the truth is usually ‘bitter’; we can say sometimes it is ‘painful’. It is not that we have to be rude; rather we have to be honest. One lie leads to the next while the truth never changes, it always remains the same.
All religions and systems of ethics warn against lying. A man’s innate common sense also agrees that it is wrong, yet one commits it. A person who is habitual of telling lies looses faith in himself by others.
Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said:
‘You must be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise’.
Speaking the truth with respect is the right thing to do. It makes us worthy of people’s respect. It is the foundation of any worthwhile relationship. And in this age of hype it sets us and our message apart.
It is much easier to remain consistent when you are telling the truth than when you are telling a lie. It also leaves your conscience clear and unburdened. A man who tells a lie not only deceives others, he deceives himself too.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Taa’la mentions in the Quran;
‘Only they forge the lie who do not believe in Allah’s communications, and these are the liars’. (16:105)
Truthfulness is a command of Allah while lying is an act of Satan. Truthfulness is health to faith while lying is sickness to modesty.
Therefore, we should always speak the truth. It is an identity of being a good person.
May we always be blessed to speak the truth whatever the consequence to face in future! ▄▄▄