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 Praise and thanks are due to Allah; the Sole Creator of the Universe and the Controller of all affairs. May Allah’s special salutations and benedictions be upon the final Prophet and messenger, Prophet Muhammad, his family and all companions. To proceed:

Among the subtle teachings of Islam is the prohibition of presenting oneself in a way that is not real and untrue about one’s real nature. It teaches that one should not disguise himself of possessing something of riches, knowledge, piety or any kind of gift which in reality is not true. The proof of this is the tradition reported by Asma' (May Allah be pleased with her) that:

A woman came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said: "I have a co-wife. "Is there any harm for me if I give her the false impression of getting something from my husband which he has not in fact given me?'' The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The one who creates a false impression of receiving what one has not been given is like one who wears two garments of falsehood.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: Some people disguise themselves as pious to create a false impression of their piety; some put up the appearance of scholars to establish their scholarship; and some take to highly expensive clothes to give the impression of being rich. Since these things are fabricated and false, they constitute great sins. One should live as one really is. Similarly, the second wife should not invent false stories to give wrong impression of herself to the other wife. Nor should she make false claims of greater love and attention of the husband only to incite the jealousy of the other one while the real position is far from that. In fact, even if this is so, she should not expose the weakness of the husband so that the feelings of his other wife are not injured.(Riyaadus-Sualihiin).

 

The great contemporary sheikh in hadith; sheikh Albaani(may Allah have mercy on him), was asked about the phenomenon of transmitting speech without ascribing it to its source to which he answered as follows:

Disseminating the speech of others without ascribing it to them can be called ‘stealing speech’ or a new innovation which was not known by the scholars before! And the affair is not only that the stolen knowledge is void of blessings; rather this is a very clear sign that this knowledge is not for Allah! Because if it was for Allah the Exalted he would have not fallen into the threat of the statement of the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) The one who creates a false impression of receiving what one has not been given is like one who wears two garments of falsehood. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] (quoted from Majmoo’ Al-fataawa of Albaani).

This shows the grievousness of this matter and its diverse application to the daily life of a Muslim. This prophetic teaching also points to the idea of being sincere in all things one does. Allah knows best.


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