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 Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations, and Peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, the faithful and the honest.

Arabs are the best nation produced for mankind, therefore, Allah Almighty revealed the Qura'n in their own language, and made the last of the prophets are one of them.

Before Islam, Arabs were characterized by a set of good attributes, such as truthfulness, generosity, chastity, purity, etc. as well as many noble values ​​such as honoring parents, respect for the elderly, and charity to the poor and other.

After the advent of Islam, it approved good practices and detested the bad ones.

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "I was sent to perfect good character." (Sahih Al-Albani). And Truthfulness was among those practices endorsed by Islam.

 

 

 

Truthfulness Before Islam

The Arabs were known for their truthfulness since the pre-Islamic era. Indeed, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him was himself known as "the truthful and the trustworthy.", and the history of the Arabs before Islam is full of stories and poems that show that truthfulness was one of their attributes while lies and hypocrisy were ugly attributes even at that time.

When  Abu Sufyan ibn Harb and some of his companions (before thier reversion to Islam) went to meet Heraculius, the Ruler of the Byzantine, in the Levant. Hercules wanted to ask him a couple of questions about the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, so he ordered his companions to stand behind him near his shoulder and said to his translator, 'Tell his companions that I am going to ask this man about the man who claims to be a prophet. If he tells a lie, they should contradict him immediately."  When Abu Sufyan was telling the story to Ibn Abbas after Islam - said, "By Allah! Had it not been shameful that my companions label me a liar, I would not have spoken the truth about him when he asked me. However, I considered it shameful to be called a liar by my companions. Therefore, I told the truth.

Thus, we can infer that lie was a shameful act among Arabs at that time, that is what made Abu Sufyan answering all his questions without a lie, and did not hide anything although he was still a polytheist, and at war with Muslims.

 

Truthfulness in Islam

Allah has commanded truthfulness and commended the truthful ones in many verses. as He says:

"يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ" (التوبة: 119)

Translation: “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in word and deeds).” [9:119]

Moreover, truthfulness is of the attributes of Allah Almighty, Allah says:

" وَمَنْ أَصْدَقُ مِنَ اللَّهِ قِيلًا" (النساء: 122)

"And whose word can be truer than Allah´s?" (4: 122)

Truthfulness includes being truthful towards Allah by worshipping Him sincerely, and being truthful with people in intentions, words and acts, outwardly and inwardly.

‘Abd Allah (b. Mas’ud) reported the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) as saying:

"Avoid falsehood, for falsehood leads to wickedness, and wickedness to hell; and if a man continues to speak falsehood and makes falsehood his object, he will be recorded in Allah’s presence as a great liar. And adhere to truth, for truth leads to good deeds, and good deeds lead to paradise. If a man continues to speak the truth and makes truth his object, he will be recorded in Allah’s presence as eminently truthful." (Sahih Al-Albani).

 

We ask Allah to make us sincere and truthful in word and deed. And Allah knows best.

 

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