Truthfulness in Transactions – Dr. Saleh as-Saleh [Audio|En]

Hakim bin Hizam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Both parties in a business transaction have a right to annul it so long as they have not separated; and if they tell the truth and make everything clear to each other (i.e., the seller and the buyer speak the truth, the seller with regard to what is purchased, and the buyer with regard to the money) they will be blessed in their transaction, but if they conceal anything and lie, the blessing on their transaction will be eliminated.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

السادس‏:‏ عن أبي خالد حكيم بن حزام‏.‏ رضي الله عنه ، قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:‏

“‏ البيعان بالخيار مالم يتفرقا، فإن صدقاً وبينا بورك لهما في بيعهما، وإن كتما وكذبا محقت بركة بيعهما‏”

‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

 Riyad as-Salihin » The Book of Miscellany – Book 1, Hadith 59

Source: Dar-us-salam english publication

47- Riyaadus Saaliheen – 59 – Truthfulness in Transactions – Saleh-As-Saleh

Hadeeth – An Nawawi Riyadus us Saliheen

The Permissible Lying – Shaykh al-Albaani

source: silsilat ul-ahaadeeth is-saheeha – the series of authentic narrations –hadeeth no. 545

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Umm Kulthum bint ‘Uqbah (radi Allaahu ‘anhaa) said: “the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) allowed lying in three (situations): during war, in reconciling between people, and the speech of a man to his wife. {In another narration:} the speech of a man to his wife and the speech of a woman to her husband.”

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Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) comments:[1]

“I say, it is not part of the permissible lying that (the man) promises (his wife) something that he does not intend to fulfill for her, or he tells her that he bought such and such thing for her with such and such price – i.e., more than the real (price) – for the purpose of pleasing her, because that may be revealed to her; then it will be a reason for her to think badly of her husband, and that is part of corruption, not rectification.”

[1] this commentary was taken from Silsilat ul-Ahaadeeth is-Saheeha #498

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asaheeha translations

From the sayings of the Salaf about Truthfulness and Sincerity

Collected by Abdul Wahhab bin Muhammad as-Salafi
Taken from sahab.net
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

1- The slave of Allaah cannot actualize ‘You are the One that we worship’ except with two principles: one of them is following the Messenger and the second is having sincerity (Ikhlaas) for the one worshipped.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘Tahdeeb al-Madrij’ 68

2- Sincerity for Allaah is that a person’s intent is for Allaah and intends everything for Him, causing fountains of wisdom to spring up from his heart on to his tongue.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘an-Naboowaat’ 147

3- Whenever the sincerity of the slave of Allaah strengthens, his worship becomes more complete.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 10/198

4- In relation to the amount of Tawheed a slave has for his Lord, and his sincerity for the religion for Allaah is the amount he is deserving of the generosity of Allaah upon him, from intercession and other things.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘As-Sarim al-Monkey’ 390

5- A person does not show his actions to the creation, except due to his ignorance of the Greatness of the Creator.

Ibn Rajab – ‘Kalimat ul-Ikhlaas’ 31

6- Ikhlaas cannot be achieved except after having Zuhud, and there is no Zuhud except after havingTaqwa, and Taqwa is following the commands (of Allaah and His Messenger) and keeping away from prohibitions.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 1/94

7- Strive today in implementing Tawheed, since there is nothing that will deliver you to Allaah except Tawheed. Also, be eager in fulfilling its rights, since there is nothing that can save you from the fire except Tawheed.

Ibn Rajab – ‘Kalimat ul-Ikhlaas’ 54

8- Whoever is sincere in regards to the actions of the Deen, which he does for Allaah, then he is from the pious Awliyah of Allaah.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 1/8

9- If you correct your hidden deeds subsequently Allaah will correct your outward deeds.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 3/277

10- Having the correct understanding of the Deen is light which Allaah throws into the heart of the slave of Allaah, which is increased by having the Taqwa of Allaah and having good intent.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘Ilaam al-Muaq’een’ 1/69

11- Ikhlaas is the way to salvation, Islaam is the ship to safety and Emaan is the seal of security.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘Dar miftah as-Sa’ada’ 1/74

12- Certainly the strength of Yusuf’s sincerity – alayhi sallam – was stronger than the beauty of Azeez’s wife, stronger than her allure, and his want for her.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 10/602

13 – The heart of the truthful person is filled with the light of truth and he has the light of Emaan.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ 2/282

14- The sincere person is fortified by Allaah due to his worship of Him Alone, intending his Face Alone.  He has humility for Him Alone, and hope in Him Alone, requesting from Him Alone, submissiveness for Him Alone and has a dire need of Him Alone.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ 2/202

15- There is nothing that drives away the afflictions of this world except Tawheed. That is why the supplication of the distressed person is with Tawheed.   Such as, the supplication of Yunus.  The distressed person does not supplicate by what Yunus supplicated with except that Allaah releases him from his hardship with Tawheed.

There is nothing more gruesome for the distressed person except shirk, and there is nothing that can rescue you from it except Tawheed, it is the refuge for the creation, its shelter, its fortress and its aid.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Fawaid’ 96

16-The reward is doubled in accordance with one perfecting his Islaam and with his perfecting the strength of Ikhlaas, in that action.

Ibn Rajab – ‘Jama’ al-Aloom’ 2/316

17- If a benefit could be achieved from an action performed without Ikhlaas, then Allaah would not have criticised the hypocrites.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Fawaid’ 65

18- Without doubt al-Ikhlaas negates the reason for entering into the Fire, therefore, who ever enters the fire, from those who said: ‘‘la illah ila Allaah’ (there is none worthy of worship except Allaah)’ then this is proof that he never implemented the sincerity of ‘‘la illah ila Allaah’which would have prohibited him from the fire.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 10/261

19 – If the slave of Allaah perfects his Tawheed and his sincerity for Allaah and he establishes / fulfills all its conditions with his heart, and his tongue and his limbs then forgiveness for his past sins becomes obligatory.

Ibn Rajab – ‘Jama’ al-Aloom’ 2/417

20 – Fitnah continues upon the heart, except if the Deen of the slave is completely for Allaah.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 10/545

21- Without doubt, the sincere person has tasted the sweetness of his worship for Allaah, this is what stops him from performing worship for other than Allaah, since there is nothing more sweet or more blessed for the heart than the sweetness of Emaan in Allaah the Lord of the worlds.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 10/215

22- The different grades of doing actions for Allaah are in relation to what is in the heart fromEmaan, sincerity, love and that what follows them.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Waabil as-Sayib’ 22

23- Sincerity is not combined in the heart along with the love of being praised by the people, and being commended by them, and also having greed for what the people have, except like water being combined with fire.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Fawaid’ 267

24- Ikhlaas and Tawheed are a tree in the heart.  Its branches are good actions.  Its fruits are a good life in this world, and eternal comfort in the Hereafter, and just like in Paradise the fruits whose supply is not cut off, nor are they out of reach, likewise are the fruits of Tawheed andIkhlaas in this world.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Fawaid’ 292

25- An action done without Ikhlaas and without following the Messenger is like a traveler whose sock becomes filled with sand, which weighs him down, and has no benefit.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Fawaid’ 89

26- Allaah loves from His slave that he beautifies his tongue with the truth, and his heart withIkhlaas and love, turning repentantly and reliance upon Allaah.

Ibn al-Qayyim – ‘al-Fawaid’ 327

27- Having sincerity for the Deen of Allaah is the foundation of justice, likewise committing Shirkwith Allaah is a great injustice.

Ibn Taymeeyah – ‘al-Fatawa’ 1/87

Truthfulness

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 4
Truthfulness

Allah, the Exalted, says:

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

“…the men and women who are truthful (in their speech and deeds)..”. (33:35)

“…then if they had been true to Allah, it would have been better for them”. (47:21)

54. Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar”.’
[Agreed upon].

55. Hasan bin `Ali (May Allah be pleased with them) said: I remember (these words) from Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam): “Give up what is doubtful to you for that which is not doubtful; for truth is peace of mind and falsehood is doubt”.
[At-Tirmidhi].

56. Abu Sufyan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported, in course of his detailed narration about Heraclius when the latter questioned him about the teachings of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) He said that: He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) told (us): “Worship Allah Alone and do not associate a thing with Him; and give up all that your ancestors said. “He also commands us to perform Salat (prayers), to speak the truth, to observe modesty and to strengthen the ties of kinship.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

57.  Abu Thabit from Sahl bin Hunaif (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “He who asks Allah for martyrdom, Allah will raise him to the high status of the martyrs, even if he dies on his bed”.
[Muslim].

58. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “One of the earlier Prophets who was out on an expedition proclaimed among his people that no man should follow him who had married a woman with whom he wished to cohabit but had not yet done so, or who had built houses on which he had not yet put the roofs, or who had bought sheep or pregnant she-camels and was expecting them to produce young. He, then, went on the expedition and approached the town at the time of the ‘Asr prayer or little before it. He then told the sun that both it and he were under command and prayed Allah to hold it back for them, so it was held back till Allah gave him victory. He collected the spoils and it (meaning fire) came to devour these, but did not. He said that among the people there was a man who stole from the booty. He told them that a man from every tribe must swear allegiance to him, and when a man’s hand stuck to his, he said: “There is thief among you and every individual of your tribe must swear allegiance to me”. (In course of swearing of allegiance,) hands of two or three persons stuck to his hand. He said: “The thief is among you”. They brought him a head of gold like a cow’s head and when he laid it down, the fire came and devoured the spoils. Spoils were not allowed to anyone before us, then Allah allowed spoils to us as He saw our weakness and incapacity and allowed them to us”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

59. Hakim bin Hizam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “Both parties in a business transaction have a right to annul it so long as they have not separated; and if they tell the truth and make everything clear to each other (i.e., the seller and the buyer speak the truth, the seller with regard to what is purchased, and the buyer with regard to the money) they will be blessed in their transaction, but if they conceal anything and lie, the blessing on their transaction will be eliminated.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

* Sahih Bukhari : Book 91: Accepting Information Given by a Truthful Person

Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 91:

Accepting Information Given by aTruthful Person

Volume 9, Book 91, Number 352:

Narrated Malik:

We came to the Prophet and we were young men nearly of equal ages and we stayed with him for twenty nights. Allah’s Apostle was a very kind man and when he realized our longing for our families, he asked us about those whom we had left behind. When we informed him, he said, “Go back to your families and stay with them and teach them (religion) and order them (to do good deeds). The Prophet mentioned things some of which I remembered and some I did not. Then he said, “Pray as you have seen me praying, and when it is the time of prayer, one of you should pronounce the call (Adhan) for the prayer and the eldest of you should lead the prayer. ”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 353:

Narrated Ibn Mas’ud:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The (call for prayer) Adhan of Bilal should not stop anyone of you from taking his Suhur for he pronounces the Adhan in order that whoever among you is praying the night prayer, may return (to eat his Suhur) and whoever among you is sleeping, may get up, for it is not yet dawn (when it is like this).” (Yahya, the sub-narrator stretched his two index fingers side ways).


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 354:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

The Prophet said, “Bilal pronounces the Adhan at night so that you may eat and drink till Ibn Um Maktum pronounces the Adhan (for the Fajr prayer).”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 355:

Narrated ‘Abdullah:

The Prophet led us in Zuhr prayer and prayer five Rakat. Somebody asked him whether the prayer had been increased.” He (the Prophet ) said, “And what is that?” They (the people) replied, “You have prayed five Rakat.” Then the Prophet offered two prostrations (of Sahu) after he had finished his prayer with the Taslim.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 356:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle finished his prayer after offerings two Rakat only. Dhul-Yaddain asked him whether the prayer had been reduced, or you had forgotten?” The Prophet said, “Is Dhul-Yaddain speaking the truth?” The people said, “Yes.” Then Allah’s Apostle stood up and performed another two Rakat and then finished prayer with Taslim, and then said the Takbir and performed a prostration similar to or longer than his ordinary prostrations; then he raised his head, said Takbir and prostrated and then raised his head (Sahu prostrations).


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 357:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

While the people were at Quba offering the morning prayer, suddenly a person came to them saying, “Tonight Divine Inspiration has been revealed to Allah’s Apostle and he has been ordered to face the Ka’ba (in prayers): therefore you people should face it.” There faces were towards Sham, so they turned their faces towards the Ka’ba (at Mecca).


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 358:

Narrated Al-Bara’:

When Allah’s Apostle arrived at Medina, he prayed facing Jerusalem for sixteen or seventeen months but he wished that he would be ordered to face the Ka’ba. So Allah revealed: —

‘Verily! We have seen the turning of your face towards the heaven; surely we shall turn you to a prayer direction (Qibla) that shall please you.’ (2.144) Thus he was directed towards the Ka’ba. A man prayed the ‘Asr prayer with the Prophet and then went out, and passing by some people from the Ansar, he said, “I testify. that I have prayed with the Prophet and he (the Prophet) has prayed facing the Ka’ba.” Thereupon they, who were bowing in the ‘Asr prayer, turned towards the Ka’ba.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 359:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

I used to offer drinks prepared from infused dates to Abu Talha Al-Ansari, Abu ‘Ubada bin Al Jarrah and Ubai bin Ka’b. Then a person came to them and said, “All alcoholic drinks have been prohibited.” Abii Talha then said, “O Anas! Get up and break all these jars.” So I got up and took a mortar belonging to us, and hit the jars with its lower part till they broke.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 360:

Narrated Hudhaifa:

The Prophet said to the people of Najran, “I will send to you an honest person who is really trustworthy.” The Companion, of the Prophet each desired to be that person, but the Prophet sent Abu ‘Ubaida.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 361:

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, “For every nation there is an Amin (honest, trustworthy person) and the Amin of this nation is Abu ‘Ubaida.”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 362:

Narrated ‘Umar:

There was a man from the Ansar (who was a friend of mine). If he was not present in the company of Allah’s Apostle I used to be present with Allah’s Apostle, I would tell him what I used to hear from Allah’s Apostle, and when I was absent from Allah’s Apostle he used to be present with him, and he would tell me what he used to hear from Allah’s Apostle .


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 363:

Narrated Ali:

The Prophet , sent an army and appointed some man their commander The man made a fire and then said (to the soldiers), “Enter it.” Some of them intended to enter it while some others said, ‘We have run away from it (i.e., embraced Islam to save ourselves from the ‘fire’).” They mentioned that to the Prophet, and he said about people who had intended to enter the fire. ”If they had entered it, they would have remained In it till the Day of Resurrection.” Then he said to others, “No obedience for evil deeds, obedience is required only in what is good .”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 364:

Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid:

Two men sued each other before the Prophet.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 365:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

While we were with Allah’s Apostle a bedouin got up and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Settle my case according to Allah’s Book (Laws).” Then his opponent got up and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! He has said the truth! Settle his case according to Allah’s Book (Laws.) and allow me to speak,” He said, “My son was a laborer for this man and he committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people told me that my son should be stoned to death but I ransomed him with one-hundred sheep and a slave girl. Then I asked the religious learned people and they told me that his wife should be stoned to death and my son should receive one-hundred lashes and be sentenced to one year of exile.’ The Prophet said, “By Him in Whose Hands my life is, I will judge between you according to Allah’s Book (Laws): As for the slave girl and the sheep, they are to be returned; and as for your son, he shall receive one-hundred lashes and will be exiled for one year. You, O Unais!” addressing a man from Bani Aslam, “Go tomorrow morning to the wife of this (man) and if she confesses, then stone her to death.” The next morning Unais went to the wife and she confessed, and he stoned her to death.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 366:

Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah:

On the day of (the battle of) the Trench, the Prophet called the people (to bring news about the enemy). Az-Zubair responded to his call. He called them again and Az-Zubair responded to his call again; then he called them for the third time and again Az-Zubair responded to his call whereupon the Prophet said, “Every prophet has his Hawairi (helper), and Az-Zubair is my Hawari.”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 367:

Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet entered a garden and told me to guard its gate. Then a man came and asked permission to enter. The Prophet, said, “Permit him and give him the good news that he will enter Paradise.” Behold! It was Abu Bakr. Then ‘Umar came, and the Prophet said, “Admit him and give him the good news that he will enter Paradise.” Then ‘Uthman came and the Prophet said, “Admit him and give him the good news that he will enter Paradise. ”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 368:

Narrated ‘Umar:

I came and behold, Allah’s Apostle was staying on a Mashroba (attic room) and a black slave of Allah’s Apostle was at the top if its stairs. I said to him, “(Tell the Prophet) that here is ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (asking for permission to enter).” Then he admitted me.


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 369:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:

Allah’s Apostle sent a letter to Khosrau and told his messenger to give it first to the ruler of Bahrain, and tell him to deliver it to Khosrau. When Khosrau had read it, he tore it into pieces. (Az-Zuhri said: I think Ibn Al-Musaiyab said, “Allah’s Apostle invoked Allah to tear them (Khosrau and his followers) into pieces.”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 370:

Narrated Salama bin Al-Akwa’:

Allah’s Apostle said to a man from the tribe of Al-Aslam, “Proclaim among your people (or the people) on the day of ‘Ashura’ (tenth of Muharram), ‘Whosoever has eaten anything should fast for the rest of the day; and whoever has not eaten anything, should complete his fast.’ ”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 371:

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

When the delegate of ‘Abd Al-Qais came to Allah’s Apostle, he said, “Who are the delegate?” They said, “The delegate are from the tribe of Rabi’a.” The Prophet said, “Welcome, O the delegate, and welcome! O people! Neither you will have any disgrace nor will you regret.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Between you and us there are the infidels of the tribe of Mudar, so please order us to do something good (religious deeds) that by acting on them we may enter Paradise, and that we may inform (our people) whom we have left behind, about it.” They also asked (the Prophet) about drinks. He forbade them from four things and ordered them to do four things. He ordered them to believe in Allah, and asked them, “Do you know what is meant by belief in Allah?” They said, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” He said, ”To testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, the One, Who has no partners with Him, and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle; and to offer prayers perfectly and to pay Zakat.” (the narrator thinks that fasting in Ramadan is included), “and to give one-fifth of the war booty (to the state).” Then he forbade four (drinking utensils): Ad-Duba’, Al-Hantam, Al-Mazaffat and An-Naqir, or probably, Al-Muqaiyar. And then the Prophet said, “Remember all these things by heart and preach it to those whom you have left behind.”


Volume 9, Book 91, Number 372:

Narrated Tauba Al-‘Anbari:

Ash-‘Sha’bi asked me, “Did you notice how Al-Hasan used to narrate Hadiths from the Prophets? I stayed with Ibn ‘Umar for about two or one-and-half years and I did not hear him narrating any thing from the Prophet except his (Hadith): He (Ibn ‘Umar) said, “Some of the companions of the Prophet including Sa’d, were going to eat meat, but one of the wives of the Prophet called them, saying, ‘It is the neat of a Mastigure.’ The people then stopped eating it. On that Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Carry on eating, for it is lawful.’ Or said, ‘There is no harm in eating it, but it is not from my meals.”


The Master of Supplications and Spreading Mischief Through the Art of Lying

Al-Istiqaamah Issue No.2 – Safar 1417H / July 1996

THE MASTER OF SUPPLICATIONS

The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“The master of supplications for seeking Allaah’s forgiveness is when a servant says: O Allaah! You are my Lord and none has the right to be worshipped except You. Indeed You created me and I am Your slave. I abide by my promise and covenant to You as best as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evils that I have done. I acknowledge Your favours upon me and I acknowledge my sin. So forgive me. Indeed none can forgive sin except You. [Allaahumma anta Rabbee, laa ilaaha illaa anta, khalaqtanee, wa anaa ‘abduka, wa anaa ‘alaa abdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, a’oodhu bika min sharri maa sana’tu, aboo’u laka bi ni’matika ‘alayaa, wa aboo’u bi dhanbee, faghfirlee, fa innahu laa yaghfirudh-dhanooba illaa anta] Whosoever enters upon the evening saying this, then dies that night, would enter Paradise. And whosoever enters upon the morning saying this, then dies that day, will enter Paradise.” [Related by al-Bukhaaree (11/97-98) and Ahmad (5/356), from the narration of Shaddaad ibn Aws and Buraydah ibn al-Haseeb radiallaahu ‘anhumaa.]

A POINT OF BENEFIT

Ibn al-Qayyim (d.751H) – rahimahullaah – said in al-Waabilus-Sayyib (pp.16-17):
“Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) said: “Knowing the path to Allaah lies in recognising Allaah’s favours and considering the sins and shortcomings of one’s self.” This is the meaning of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam’s saying – as occurs in the authentic narration from Shaddaad and Buraydah radiallaahu ‘anhumaa – that he said: “The master of supplications in seeking the forgiveness of Allaah is when a savant says: O Allaah! You are my Lord… “ So recognition of Allaah’s favours and consideration of one’s own sins and shortcomings have both been collectively mentioned in the (above) supplication, since he sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “I acknowledge Your favours upon me and I acknowledge my sins.” So recognition of Allaah’s Favours necessitates praising and thanking Him for His favours and bounties, which in turn necessitates love for Him. Whilst consideration of one’s own sins and shortcomings necessitates humility to Allaah and a feeling of lowliness and humbleness to Him. This in turn necessitates repenting to Allaah continuously, and that one considers himself as being poor and in need of Allaah.”

Spreading Mischief Through THE ART OF LYING

Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“Indeed truthfulness leads to piety and obedience and piety and obedience lead to Paradise. And a person continues to be truthful until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. And indeed lying leads to wickedness and wickedness lead to the Fire. And a person continues to lie until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” [Related by al-Bukhaaree (3/30) and Muslim (no.2607), from Ibn Mas’ood radiallaabu ‘anhu.]

DESTROYING COMPREHENSIVE BROTHERHOOD

Shaykh al-Albaanee – hafidhahullaah – said in Fiqhul-Waaqi’ (pp.13-14), whilst speaking about certain trials that have afflicted the Muslims, destroying their unity, weakening their resolve and splitting their ranks: “Part of this trial has struck at the root of the hearts of a great number of daa’ees (callers to Islaam) and students of knowledge, so that they have – regretfully – become divided between themselves. Some of them speaking ill of others, and the others criticising the remainder and refuting them. These rebuttals on their own, or these criticisms alone will neither harm the one refuting, nor the one refuted, since – with the people of justice – the truth is recognised by its light and its proofs, which is not the case with the people of blind-sectarianism and deviation. However, what will harm them is speech without knowledge, talking without restraint and speaking falsely about the servants of Allaah!

 

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen on April fools And Its Dangers

Scholar: Imâm Muhammad bin Sâlih bin ´Uthaymîn
Source: islamcast.wordpress.com/2009/03/29
Reference: Darulhadith.com
Translation & video: aFatwa.com

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymîn:

I warn my Muslim brothers against what some stupid people do when they narrate april jokes. This lie have they taken from the jews, the christians, fire-worshipers (Majûs) and other disbelievers.

Not only is this act a lie, which is in itself forbidden according to the Sharî’ah, it also involves imitating the disbelievers, which is forbidden. The prophet (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever imitates a people belongs to them.”

Shaykh-ul-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullâh) said:

“Its chain of narration is good.”

The least one could say is that it is forbidden, even if it seemingly entails disbelief.

Together with these two sins, the Muslim becomes humiliated before his enemy. It is generally known that the one who is imitated boasts before the imitator and sees himself as being in front of him. The imitator thus becomes weak so that he imitates him. The believer thusly becomes degraded since he subjugates himself and follows the disbelievers.

The fourth sin is that this filthy lie is often about taking someone else’s money unjustly and scaring the Muslims. They maybe lie and tell the family that they will be having guests. As a result thereof they prepare a great meal and meat and the like. They might also lie and tell them horrifying news of a relative being run over by a car or the like. This is not allowed.

I take the truth/good and leave the false/bad: No such thing!!!

Bismi Allaahi RaHman ir RaHeem

Sheikh ‘Alee arRamlee hafidahu Allaah explains:

Somebody says:

“I will only take from him [i.e. somebody that somehow differs with the salaf] his words that are truth and leave the falsehood”

Sheikh answers: “It is not permissible for you to do that

Q: “Why not?”

Ans:

“Because your situation will not fail to be one of two possible cases: either you are a student of the religion and you can distinguish truth from falsehood or you are not able to distinguish truth from falsehood and the latter is the situation of most people.

If you are unable to distinguish then there is not point in asking your question, but if you are able to distinguish then still you are not able to assure that your heart will not be overcome with doubts, and this is a matter of religion, no playing games is allowed, besides the truth you would take from him [i.e. the one that somehow opposed the salaf] you can take from others that are trustworthy”

And then Sheikh ar Ramlee goes on to remind the stories of some of the greatest scholars in the first generations that would not allow themselves, or their families, to listen to even a verse of the qur’an recited by a caller to innovation. Like the example of Ibn Tawus, Abu Kulabah as well as the example of Muhammad ibn Sirin. Then the Shaikh refutes many other common excuses like “but he has sincerity and piety” or “isnt this ghiba?”

For the original in Arabic please visit: http://www.albaidha.net/vb/archive/index.php/t-13335.html

Related to this is “Repenting to mistakes in Manhaj” by sheikh Rabee’ (hafidahu Allaah) which highlights the seriousness of opposing the way of the salaf (includes link to arabic original) with examples of the prophet sala Allaahu ‘aleihi wa salaam and the sahaba:

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[Inspirational] Truthfulness and Lying – and their Effects, by ‘Abdur-Rahman Omaisan (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala)

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Amma ba’d

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullaah) traveled to meet a man in order to take hadeeth from him. But he saw this man calling his horse with an empty vessel in his hand, as if there was food in that vessel, moving it in order for the horse to come near so he can grab the horse. So Imam Bukahri asked him, “What is in that vessel?” And the man said, “Nothing.” Then Imam Bukhari said, “By Allaah, I will not take hadeeth from you, because you are a liar.”

Read the below excellent transcribed Lecture

Truthfulness and Lying – and their Effects
‘Abdur-Rahman Omaisan (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala)

That which I want to speak about is a very important matter, and it is dealing with the topic of truthfulness and lying and their effects – positive and negative effects (respectively). The tongue has a great connection regarding the righteousness of actions of the individual. You all hear the statements of Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلا ً سَدِيدا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ

Oh you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins… (Al-Ahzab, ayat 70-71)

So we see from this verse that the rectification of the actions follow behind the rectification of one’s speech. And the ‘ulemma have mentioned that you will not find one whose statements are correct and sound and far from that which is prohibited except that you will find their actions following behind those good statements.

And from the narration of Sufyan ibn ‘Abdullaah ath-Thaqafi (radiallaahu ‘anhu) who said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, say to me in Islam a statement that I may ask no one about except for you.” And we have the narration that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihin wa sallam) said, “Every morning the son of Adam wakes up, and the body parts say to the tongue, ‘Fear Allaah (have taqwa) regarding us.‘”

If the word Taqwa is used by itself, it has the meaning of fulfilling the commandments and keeping away from the prohibitions. But when the word Taqwa is accompanied by the word al-Birr (righteousness), the word al-Birr has the meaning of fulfilling the commandments, and the word Taqwa has the meaning of abandoning the prohibitions. So when these two terms are mentioned separately, they have the same meaning. And when they are mentioned together, they have separate meanings. It is similar to the terms fakeer and misqeen, as well as Islaam and Eeman.

So the body parts say to the tongue: “Fear Allaah for indeed we are connected to you. If you are crooked, we will be crooked. And if you are upright, then we will be upright.”

So we see here the connection that the tongue has with the body parts. And likewise, the heart has a great connection to the body parts. As in the narration of Sufyan ibn ‘Abdillaah (radiallaahu ‘anhu), who said to the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “O Messenger of Allaah: say to me a statement in al-Islaam that I can ask no one other than you.” And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), said: “Say, I believe in Allaah, and then be upright.” So the statement has a great importance in the life of the individual.

And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned:

A person may make a statement, and he has no concern for that statement, but as a result of that statement, it causes him to enter into the hellfire…

So based upon the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), how many times has a person made a statement and it led to his destruction or his ruin, or the likes of that? And going back to the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), the body parts are saying that the tongue owns them. The tongue owns them.

And you will find that when an individual does make a statement that the people would judge that individual by that statement. And it’s possible you may see an individual who has a good appearance, and you may think that he is a person of the Sunnah – his garment is to half of the calf, and his beard is down to his chest – and from this outward appearance, you would think this person is a person of the Sunnah. But when this person speaks, you would see that the case is other than that, as the person may speak with the matters of innovation (bid’ah) and the likes.

So again, the speech or the tongue has a great impact upon the actions of the body. Likewise, the heart also has a great impact on the actions of the body. So it is not enough that a person just believes without action, or that a person has actions without statements and no belief. Rather, the individual has to have belief, he has to have correct statements, and he has to have actions.

As the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that you would see your Lord, just as you see a full moon on a night with no clouds. So here, we have the matter of ‘aqeedah – belief in the seeing of Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala. And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that if you have the ability to not miss the salat before the sun goes down or before it rises, then do so. So here, we have the actions, coming after the affair of the ‘aqeedah. So the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned the ‘aqeedah – and that is seeing Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala – which will be a Ru`yia of delight. This is connected to the ‘aqeedah, and then he mentioned the affair of the salat, which is connected to the actions.

That which clarifies the dangers that can come from the tongue is the narration of Abi Waqi al-Laythee (radiallaahu ‘anhu), and I believe that this narration is well known to you and it is not unknown. That the Prophet came out to Khaybar and, as he was with the companions, they passed by a tree – a lotus tree – and (some of them) said, “O Messenger of Allaah, make for us a Dhatul Anwat as the polytheists have Dhatul Anwat.” And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said to them:

You have made a statement similar to that of the people of Musa when they said (to Musa), ‘make for us a god as the polytheists have gods.’

The companions did not make the same exact statement that the people of Musa made, however, the meaning was the same. So this is an indication of the danger of speech. Some people don’t have concern for that which comes off their tongue. So it is upon the individual, as some of the Salaf have mentioned, that they have to be mindful of the two morsels of flesh. And they are the tongue and the heart.

And as the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) indicated:

Certainly, there is a morsel of flesh in the body. If it is sound and upright, then the entire body will be sound and upright. Certainly, it is the heart.

So when the tongue and heart are sound and upright, this shows upon the individual’s body parts.

So the one who treats or cures his tongue with that which is good, then the body parts will be good. And the one who corrupts his tongue, then his tongue corruption will be the cause of the corruption of one’s body parts.

So the tongue has a connection to the body parts, as well as the heart has a connection to the body parts. So our topic of tonight is regarding the importance of being truthful, as well as the warning of not being truthful.

Allaah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

Oh you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)
(At-Tawbah, ayah 119)

You all know that this call here is a call to the believers:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُو

(Oh you who believe!)

‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radiallaahu ‘anhu) mentioned that when you hear the statement: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُو (Oh you who believe!) – and the word “hear” meaning not just with one’s ears but with the heart – you have to listen and be attentive with one’s ears and one’s heart.

As Allaah said:

لَهُمْ قُلُوب ٌ لاَ يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُن ٌ لاَ يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَان ٌ لاَ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا أُوْلَائِكَ كَالأَنعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ أُوْلَائِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ

…They have hearts wherewith they understand not, they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones. (Al-A’raf, ayah 179)

So it is befitting that when we listen and are attentive, that we listen and are attentive with our ears as well as the hearts. So here, we have in this verse the commandment. And the commandment is: Be with those who are truthful.

The understanding of the opposite (of that) is: it is prohibited to be with those who are not truthful. So here, if the call is directed to the believers, it is an indication that from the characteristics of Eeman – and of the believers – is truthfulness. And the opposite of that – the lie – is from the characteristics of the hypocrites.

And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that there are three characteristics of the hypocrites, and one of them is that when the hypocrite speaks, he lies. So this lying is from the characteristics of the hypocrites, and we will touch on this topic when we reach it. So here Allaah commands us to fear Allaah, and to be with the truthful. How can one attain truthfulness except with the taqwa of Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala?

So it is upon the individual that he has a great concern with being truthful, and he follows the routes of attaining truthfulness. And as the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam):

Upon you is being truthful. Indeed an individual speaks the truth and he strives and he is consistent upon speaking the truth until he is written with Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala as one who is truthful.

And indeed speaking the truth is something that has bitterness in it, and something that is heavy. And perhaps an individual is in a situation in which he wants to tell a lie, but he speaks the truth. And as a result of him being truthful, Allaah saves him.

Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala says:

فَلَوْ صَدَقُوا اللَّهَ لَكَانَ خَيْرا ً لَهُمْ

…If they had been true to Allaah, it would have been better for them. (Muhammad, ayah 21)

So salvation is with truthfulness, and not with being untruthful.

And Allaah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِه ِ وَلاَ تَمُوتُنَّ إِلاَّ وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ

Oh you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islaam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allaah. (Aali ‘Imran, ayah 102)

And the ‘ulemma have mentioned regarding this statement of Allaah that this means that a person is to be consistent and to strive upon the obedience of Allaah and to hold fast to the obedience of Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala until death comes to that individual while he is in that state, and he dies as a Muslim.

Because if not, then how can one know when he or she is going to die. And also that which is similar to this is the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “Whoever traverses on the path in search of knowledge, Allaah will make his path to Paradise easy.” So the word that is mentioned here has the meaning of searching, following the places where the matter is in order for you to attain it.

So the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that a person will speak the truth, and be consistent upon speaking the truth until he is written with Allaah as being from among the truthful. And then the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) warned against being untruthful, as he mentioned:

And beware of being untruthful, for indeed a man lies, and then he is consistent upon lying until he is written with Allaah as a liar.

So [regarding] the statement of the Prophet: Indeed, a man lies., this is not something specific for the men. Rather, the women share in this matter also, as the speech of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was for the men and for the women. And as the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned: “The women are the twin-halves of men.”

So the ruling that applies to the man is also applicable for the woman, and the ruling that is applicable to the women is applicable to the men – except in a case specific for either gender. So it is upon the woman, that she is truthful, and that she strives to be truthful, and (that) she fears being among those who are not truthful, so that she is not written as one who is a liar.

And Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala says:

فَلَوْ صَدَقُوا اللَّهَ لَكَانَ خَيْرا ً لَهُمْ

…If they had been true to Allaah, it would have been better for them. (Muhammad, ayah 21)

So truthfulness has good connected to it. And being untruthful has evil connected to it. So what is this good that is connected to truthfulness? And what is this evil that is connected to being untruthful?

The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

Wa Sidqu yahdi ilal birr wal birru yahdi ilal Jannah, Wal kadhiboo yahdi ilal fujoor wal fujooru yahdi ilan naar (Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness lead to the Paradise. And lying leads to corruption, and corruption leads to the hellfire.)

So Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and rightneousness lead to the Paradise. And lying leads to corruption, and corruption leads to the hellfire.

So now you know the good that truthfulness is connected to, and now you know the evil that lying is connected to. Truthfulness is connected to the Paradise, and lying is connected to the hellfire.

And Allaah says:

إِنَّ الأَبْرَارَ لَفِي نَعِيموَإِنَّ الْفُجَّارَ لَفِي جَحِيم

Verily, the Abraar (pious and righteous) will be in delight (Paradise); And verily, the Fujjaar (the wicked, disbelievers, sinners and evil-doers) will be in the blazing Fire (Hell). (Al-Infitar, ayat 13-14)

Indeed, the righteous will be in a state of bliss. So here we have – going back to the narration of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – that truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to the Paradise. And lying leads to corruption (wickedness and evil), and corruption (wickedness and evil) leads to the hellfire.

So as the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that a person continues to lie until he becomes a person who is a criminal, and Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) will punish these criminals in the hellfire.

And as Allaah says:

إِنَّ الأَبْرَارَ لَفِي نَعِيموَإِنَّ الْفُجَّارَ لَفِي جَحِيم

Verily, the Abraar (pious and righteous) will be in delight (Paradise); And verily, the Fujjaar (the wicked, disbelievers, sinners and evil-doers) will be in the blazing Fire (Hell). (Al-Infitar, ayat 13-14)

So now you have the two paths in front of you. You choose the path that you want for yourselves. If you want to be upon the path of the righteous, then be truthful.

And this matter of truthfulness is not only being truthful in your statements, but also entails being truthful in your actions. As the people of Paradise, they are the truthful. They are those who are truthful. Their description has come in Allaah’s statement:

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُوْلَائِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ وَحَسُنَ أُوْلَائِكَ رَفِيقا

And whoso obeys Allaah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqoon, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are! (An-Nisa`, ayah 69)

Likewise:

وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ

The truthful men and as-Saadiqaat (the truthful ones among the females)…

So the description of the people of Paradise is truthfulness, and this truthfulness that they have – meaning the men and women of Paradise – it is being truthful in statements, being truthful in one’s actions, and being truthful in one’s creed (‘aqeedah). As for the people of the hellfire – those who are corrupt – these individuals are not truthful. They are not truthful in their statements, they are not truthful in their actions, and they are not truthful in their beliefs.

So an individual may say, how can I be one who is truthful? How can I attain truthfulness?

Know that truthfulness comes with holding onto that which comes from Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala), and from His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

So the one who has come with the truth is Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), in his words.

As is mentioned, the Prophet is “As-Saadiq, al-Masdooq” (The Truthful, The Confirmed). The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) came with that which is truthful, and his description is: “As-Saadiq, al-Masdooq” (The Truthful, The Confirmed). This here is a description and is not a state, not a condition he is in. It is a lasting, standing description that is with the Prophet. And it is not something that was only present at a particular time, and then later on, it would change to something else.

As an example, “so and so is riding.” That’s his state – riding. But when you say, “the individual is truthful,” that’s his characteristic. So the Prophet’s characteristic is that he is truthful. So again, this matter is a great matter indeed. When we look at the companions of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), the greatest of them – Abu Bakr (radiallaahu ‘anhu) – has the nickname “As-Sideeq” (The one who is truthful). And Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) allowed him to attain this status because of his truthfulness in his speech, the truthfulness in his creed, and the truthfulness in his actions. And indeed, this is a magnificent affair.

The greatest form of being truthful is being truthful upon that which has come from Allaah, and that which the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was upon, and that which the sahaabah (radiallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een) were upon, and the implementation of that.

And the greatest form of a lie is lying upon Allaah (‘azza wa jall), lying upon His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and lying upon the companions.

And Allaah says:

وَلاَ تَقُولُوا لِمَا تَصِفُ أَلْسِنَتُكُمُ الْكَذِبَ هَذَا حَلاَل ٌ وَهَذَا حَرَام ٌ لِتَفْتَرُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ لاَ يُفْلِحُونَ

And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: “This is lawful and this is forbidden,” so as to invent lies against Allaah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allaah will never prosper. (An-Nahl, ayah 116)

Know for surety that lying upon Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) is the greatest category of lying. So by Allaah, if you were to find a person who does not lie upon the people, but lies against the Lord of the people, this is more of a crime. This is more severe. Rather, it is easier for the person to lie upon the people than him lying upon Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever lies upon me intentionally, then let him take his seat in the hellfire.”

This is a tremendous threat from the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). And there is no doubt that that which also falls under the category of lying upon Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is the spread of innovation (bid’ah), and teaching innovations to the people. Also from that which falls under this category is spreading narrations that are fabricated – that which (are) not authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah – and acting in opposition to the guidance of the Prophet.

All of these affairs fall under the umbrella of lying upon Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). And also what is connected to that is lying upon the companions of the Prophet. This will put the individual into that category, as Allaah has commanded us to follow the way of the companions (radiallaahu ‘anhum) and hold onto their guidance.

So if a person was to lie upon them and say the sahaabah did this, the companions did that, and the likes, this is also from lying upon the Messenger, and is also from that which harms the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

Allaah says:

وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ تَرَى الَّذِينَ كَذَبُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ وُجُوهُهُمْ مُسْوَدَّةٌ أَلَيْسَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَثْوى ً لِلْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ

And on the Day of Resurrection, you will see those who lied against Allaah (i.e. attributed to Him sons, partners, etc.), their faces will be black. Is there not in Hell an abode for the arrogant ones? (Az-Zumar, ayah 60)

So the greatest category of lying is lying upon Allaah. And it is not befitting for a person to keep away from lying upon the people but the person lies upon the Lord of the people. And again, the people of innovation are the greatest liars of the people who lie upon Allaah, and you should not be deceived by these people of bid’ah – no matter how “truthful” they may appear to be and no matter what you may see from them of good character.

It’s unfortunate that you find some of the people who attribute themselves to the Sunnah who are deceived by these individuals, or those who have been deceived by these individuals are deceived because of something they have of good character. Know for surety that the Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) preceded us to all good, and if there is any good that they have with them, the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has more right to that good.

As the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Indeed, I have more right to Moosa than anyone. And if Moosa was alive, it would not befit him to do anything except to follow me.”

And we (Ahlus-Sunnah) have more right to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), as we follow his guidance in the matter of character as well as the creed as well as the actions. So do not become deceived by those individuals who are upon lying. And it is upon us to have good character, and the best or greatest form of character is having good character with Allaah, and with His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

And regarding the statement of Allaah, Subhanahu wa Ta’aala:

يَوْمَ تَبْيَضُّ وُجُوه ٌ ٌ وَتَسْوَدُّ وُجُوه

On the Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) when some faces will become white and some faces will become black… (Aali ‘Imran, ayah 106)

So going back to the statement of Allaah:

وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ تَرَى الَّذِينَ كَذَبُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ وُجُوهُهُمْ مُسْوَدَّةٌ أَلَيْسَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَثْوى ً لِلْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ

And on the Day of Resurrection, you will see those who lied against Allaah (i.e. attributed to Him sons, partners, etc.), their faces will be black. Is there not in Hell an abode for the arrogant ones? (Az-Zumar, ayah 60)

The people who lie will not be successful, as Allaah said:

وَلاَ تَقُولُوا لِمَا تَصِفُ أَلْسِنَتُكُمُ الْكَذِبَ هَذَا حَلاَل ٌ وَهَذَا حَرَام ٌ لِتَفْتَرُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ لاَ يُفْلِحُونَ

And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: “This is lawful and this is forbidden,” so as to invent lies against Allaah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allaah will never prosper. (An-Nahl, ayah 116)

So the people of Shirk (polytheism) will not be successful (will not prosper). And the people of bid’ah will not be successful – even if they have beautified masaajid, even if they have big centers – even if you see them striving hard in calling to their innovation. These individuals will not be successful, because of their lies.

And Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala clarified to us the danger of lying and that lying is from hypocrisy, especially when it is connected to the matter of the Deen. And as Allaah says regarding the hypocrites:

إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُه ُ وَاللَّهُ يَشْهَدُ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لَكَاذِبُونَ

When the hypocrites come to you (O Muhammad), they say: “We bear witness that you are indeed the Messenger of Allaah.” Allaah knows that you are indeed His Messenger, and Allaah bears witness that the hypocrites are liars indeed. (Al-Munafiqun, ayah 1)

So the scholars say regarding this: “Who are the ones who bore witness to the truth of themselves but Allaah bore witness to their lying? They are the hypocrites!”

Allaah bore witness that the hypocrites are liars even though they bear witness, trying to claim they are truthful. And that is because their actions and their statements are in opposition to the guidance of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and this is how they [the hypocrites] are known that they are the liars.

And ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radiallaahu ‘anhu) clarified the dangers of lying when he said: “That I swear by Allaah falsely is better than I swear by other than Allaah truthfully.” So here one matter is a sin, and the other matter is shirk.

That he swear by Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) lyingly is a sin. But for him to swear by other than Allaah – while telling the truth – is a matter of Shirk. So we understand that shirk is from lying. Shirk is from lying. And one is greater than the other. And to make these two matters the same is a matter of oppression.

Lying upon Allaah is not similar to lying upon the people, and lying upon the people is not similar to lying upon Allaah. To make these matters the same or equal is oppression.

And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last day, let him say that which is good or remain silent.

Imam Ash-Shafi’ee (rahimahullaah) said: If you want to speak, then you should ask yourself, ‘Is this speech going to be something that is good?’ If it is good, then proceed forward and speak. Put your trust in Allaah, and seek His reward. If however, the speech is going to be something that is evil, then remain silent. And if a person doesn’t know if the speech is going to be good or evil – and this is the third state – then leave it off for the believer fears the doubtful matters. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

And the one who keeps away from the doubtful matters, then he has saved himself regarding his religion and regarding his honor.

And the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) clarified to us how to behave in the time of fitan, and its virtue, as the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever is silent, then he has attained salvation.”

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullaah) traveled to meet a man in order to take hadeeth from him. But he saw this man calling his horse with an empty vessel in his hand, as if there was food in that vessel, moving it in order for the horse to come near so he can grab the horse. So Imam Bukahri asked him, “What is in that vessel?” And the man said, “Nothing.” Then Imam Bukhari said, “By Allaah, I will not take hadeeth from you, because you are a liar.”

So it is not befitting for an individual (him or her) to be with the liars, or to be upon that which is a lie, or to be consistent upon lying. Rather, they must consider lying as a tremendous act of evil. And know that lying is from the major sins. And it is a must that a person repents from lying; he has to make tawbah to Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala for lying.

And I want to end with the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “Indeed, truthfulness is that which one finds ease in his heart with, and indeed a lie is that which a person’s heart is not at ease with.”

So the one who is truthful, or the one you find being at ease, this is the truthful person. And the one who is in a state of unrest, this is the individual who is a liar. You find today that they have a lie detector’s test, which monitors the person’s internal movement, and this confirms the statement of the Prophet.

And Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) said:

مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَال ٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ

Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allaah… (Al-Ahzab, ayah 23)

And also, I wanted to bring the attention of the dangers of lying, even if you are joking. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Woe to the one. Woe to the one. Woe to the one from the hellfire, the one who lies in order to make the people laugh.”

An individual should not look at the matter of making people laugh – even though it’s a lie – rather we should look at it as something that angers Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala. Some of the Salaf mentioned that every day that a person does not disobey Allaah is a day of celebration. So we should be pleased with that which Allaah is pleased with.

The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “I guarantee a house in the middle of Paradise for the one who leaves off lying even when joking.”

The khateeb asked Allaah to make us truthful, to give us a place of truthfulness, to make our women truthful, for truthfulness is from that which will rectify our families and our societies.

The khateeb wanted to mention something he forgot: the narration of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): There is no lie in three matters: a man speaking to his wife (or a wife speaking to her husband), in times of war, and bringing about reconciliation between two disputing parties.”

What is meant here by the lie is Tawriyah, which is not a pure lie. Rather, it is like an individual saying to his wife, ‘You are better than the moon to me.’ And, yes, she is better than the moon, because she is a believer. Or an individual says, speaking to his brother, ‘he (the one who he has a dispute with) supplicates for you.’ And indeed, the believer supplicates for the believers. Or ‘he mentions you with good.’

But a person should not swear by Allaah regarding a matter and then he falls into a pure lie, which is opposing reality. And the meaning of Tawriyah is that a person makes a statement intending one thing, and the person hearing the statement understands another thing.

It is similar to the action of Abu Bakr (radiallaahu ‘anhu) when he was traveling with the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and the people came and said, ‘Who is this man with you?’ And Abu Bakr said, “Indeed, he is a guide who is guiding us on a path.” Abu Bakr meant by his statement that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was a guide guiding people to the Paradise of Allaah. But the individuals who heard the statement understood that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was a man who was guiding him on a path in the desert.

Whatever is correct, all the praise is for Allaah, and whatever is incorrect is from our ownselves.

Sage Advice by Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thauree (rahimahullaah)

Imaam Sufyaan (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Be truthful at all times and in all places. Stay away from lying and from deception, and do not sit alongside liars and deceivers, for all such deeds are sins.

My brother, be careful not to show off, either in speech or in deed, for showing off is Shirk itself (Shirk being to associate partners with Allaah in worship).

Do not be conceited, for even a good deed is not raised (to the heavens) if any conceitedness is involved in it.

Take your religion only from one who is sincerely and compassionately concerned about his own religious guidance. The example of a scholar who is not concerned about his own religious well-being is that of a sick doctor: If he cannot treat his own disease…then how can he treat the diseases of others…? Likewise, if one is not concerned about his own religious well-being, then how can he be concerned about the religious well-being of others?

My brother, your religion is nothing more than your flesh and blood (i.e., You should be concerned about your religious well-being, because if you aren’t, it is your flesh and blood that will pay the penalty through the punishment of Allaah). Cry out of concern for your soul and have mercy on it; if you do not have mercy on it, then mercy will not be shown to it.

Sit only in the company of one who advises you to desire little from this world and who encourages you to put your hopes in the Hereafter. Take care not to sit with worldly people who speak constantly about worldly affairs; such people will ruin your religious well-being and will corrupt your heart.

Remember death frequently, and just as frequently ask Allaah to forgive you for your past sins.

Ask Allaah to keep you safe (safe from evil, from dangerous diseases, from trials and tribulations, etc) for the remainder of your life.

My brother, develop a good character and noble manners.

Do not act contrary to the Jamaa’ah (the general body of Sunni Muslims), for goodness and safety are the consequences of being in harmony with the Jamaa’ah.

Someone who strives constantly for this world is like a person who builds one home and destroys another (because he builds prosperity for himself in this world, while he destroys all chances of becoming prosperous in the Hereafter).

Give sincere advice to every believer who asks you a question regarding his religion. And never hide good advice to someone who asks you about a matter that leads to the Good Pleasure of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala).

If you love your (Muslim) brother for the sake of Allaah, then give him generously from your self and your wealth.

Stay far away from arguments, quarrels, and disputes; otherwise, you will become a wrongdoer, a transgressor, and a deceiver.

Be patient at all times and in all places, for patience leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. Do not become angry and furious, for those two emotions lead to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Hellfire.

Do not argue with a scholar, for that will lead to him loathing you. Being able to visit scholars (and learn from them) is a mercy, and cutting oneself off from them means that one is bringing down upon himself the wrath of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala). Verily, the scholars are the treasurers of the Prophets (‘alayhumus salaam) and are also their inheritors.

Turn away from worldly pleasures and things (to a certain degree), and, as a result, Allaah will enable you to see the faults and defects of this world. Be a man of Wara’ (one who forsakes all dubious and some lawful things because he fears that those things will lead to what is prohibited in Islaam), and (on the Day of Resurrection) Allaah will make your session of accountability easier for you.

Leave many of the things regarding which you are doubtful, and replace them with things regarding which you are not doubtful, and you will, as a result, remain safe: So by warding off doubt with certainty, you will remain safe in your religion.

Enjoin good and forbid evil — thus will you become loved by Allaah. Despise wicked-doers, and drive away devils (regardless of whether they are humans or jinn).

If you want to become strong (in faith)…then be exultant only a little and laugh only a little when you get something you want from this world. Concentrate on working for the Hereafter; if you do that, Allaah will be sufficient for you regarding your worldly concerns….

Ask Allaah for safety (in both your religious and worldly affairs). If you intend to something for your Hereafter – such as giving charity – then apply yourself to doing it quickly before the Shaytaan (the Devil) weakens your resolve and thus prevents you from doing it.

Do not be a heavy eater, whereby you work less than you eat, for that is disliked (in Islaam). Do not eat without an intention, and do not eat when you are not hungry. And do not fill your stomach constantly until you become a corpse, not having remembered Allaah while you were alive (but instead having been concerned with eating to your full and fulfilling your desires).

Decrease the frequency with which you fall into error, accept apologizes (from those who wronged you), and forgive the person who wronged you.

Be the type of person from whom people generally expect good things and from whose evil people feel safe.

Do not hate anyone who obeys Allaah, and be merciful both towards people in general and towards those with whom you are well-acquainted (or both to the general masses of Muslim and to people of high standing in society).

Do not sever the ties of the womb (i.e., do not cut off relations with family members and relatives), and join ties with those who have severed them from you. Pardon those who wronged you, and you will, as a result, become a companion of the Prophets and martyrs.

Do not be a frequent visitor of the marketplace, for the people there (mostly sellers, but some buyers also) are wolves in men’s clothing. Marketplaces are often frequented by devils – devils both of the human kind and of the jinn kind. When you enter the marketplace, it becomes obligatory upon you to enjoin good and forbid evil – but know that you will only see evil there. Stand to one side of the marketplace and call out: ‘I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah alone; He has no partner; the dominion of all that exists belongs to Him. He is deserving of all praise. It is He Who gives life, and it is He Who causes death. All goodness is in His hands, and He is upon all things capable. There is neither might nor power except with Allaah, the All-High, the All-Mighty. [ Check – 1 Million Virtues + 1 Million Sins Forgiven + 1 Million Grades Raised]

Do not enter into disputes with worldly people over their worldly things, and, as a result, Allaah will love you, and the people of earth will love you.

And be humble….When you are healthy, do good deeds, and you will be granted safety and health (physically and spiritually) from above.

Be a forgiving person, and you will get the things you want. Be a merciful person, and all things will be merciful towards you.

My brother, do not allow your days, nights, and hours to be wasted on falsehood. Spend from your self for yourself – for the Day of Thirst (the Day of Resurrection). My brother, your thirst will not be quenched on the Day of Resurrection unless the Most Merciful is pleased with you, and you will not achieve His Good pleasure unless you are obedient to Him. Perform many voluntary good deeds, for they have the effect of bringing you closer to Allaah.

Be generous, and your faults will be covered, and Allaah will make easier for you your session of accountability (on the Day of Resurrection) as well as the horrors (that will take place on that day).

Perform many good deeds, and Allaah will make you feel happy and at ease in your grave.  Stay away from all prohibited deeds, and thus will you taste the sweetness of faith (Eemaan). Sit in the company of righteous and pious people, and Allaah will make well for you the affairs of your religion. And in the affairs of your religion, consult those who fear Allaah. Hasten to perform good deeds, and Allaah will protect you from disobeying Him.

Remember Allaah frequently, and, as a result, Allaah will make you less desirous of this world (and its pleasures and possessions). Remember death, and, as a result, Allaah will make your worldly affairs easier for you. Yearn for Paradise, and, as a result, Allaah will help you obey Him. Be frightened by the Hellfire, and,  as a result, Allaah will make it easier for you to endure the hardships of this life.”

Transcribed from: The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree, p176-181
Compiled by:  Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood

The Story of a man who is truthful – Shaikh Falaah Isma’eel

In the Name of Allaah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
All Praise is due to Allaah, Lord of everything that exists

The Importance of Being Truthful

Shaikh Falaah Isma’eel recently relayed a heart-melting story that may interest you.

When the Shaikh visited Holland, he was of course met by Muslims from Holland and they told him, “If you had come two weeks earlier you would have seen it yourself. We prayed over this man.” Then they told him the following story.

[What follows is not verbatim, but a summary, with some explanations so as to clarify some terms that may be new to non-Muslims.]

He was a 26-year-old Christian from Holland. One day, he changed his dress to thobes, a burnoose, grew a beard, and the people started calling him “the one who looks like Jesus.”One day, he met some Muslims, and he said to them, “I love Jesus.” And the Muslims told him, “We also love Jesus, and it is even a condition of Islam. We love Jesus and Moses.”

So this man tried imitating Jesus, helping others when he could, cutting their lawns and the like. After two years, he entered the mosque [the Muslims’ place of worship] for the first time, and he was greeted with “ahlan” [which means welcome, and thus was not greeted with the greeting reserved for Muslims “as-salaamu ‘alaykum” (which means: may peace and safety be upon you on the Day of Judgement)].

He said, “no; I want to be a Muslim.”

Then, the Muslims witnessed his testimony (pronounced “shahada”) – there is none deserving of worship except Allaah, and Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and Jesus is His servant and Messenger – taught him the basics, and taught him how to pray. He began praying in congregation with them, not missing a single congregation. Then one day, he noticed that the other Muslims were arriving at the mosque after him, so he asked for a key to the mosque. And he was given one.

The Muslims then observed that not only was he opening the mosque, but additionally he was routinely found in optional prayer whenever they entered the mosque for the dawn prayer. [They would enter and find him already engaged in the worship of Allaah.]

Then one day, he told the Muslims how he decided to become Muslim. He said he had a dream about Jesus (the son of Mary), and Jesus said to him, “Be Muslim. Be Muslim. Be Muslim.” He said, “I woke up, and a few days later, I had the same dream. This happened three times.”

[The shaikh interjected and said, this is success from Allaah.]

So after having prayed for 20 days with the other Muslims, he died.

May Allaah have mercy on him.

This is the mercy of Allaah, and Allaah saved him [from dying upon other than Islam].

This is Sidq (truthfulness); he truthfully loved Jesus, so he became Muslim. Allaah guided him to become Muslim, because he was truthful in his love for Jesus.

If one is truthful in his love for Jesus and his following Jesus, then this should lead him to the true religion of Jesus (Islam) and should lead him to following whom Jesus commanded to be followed after him – Muhammad, the seal of all Prophets.

After all, the religion of all the Prophets was Islam, and their creed was the same, and their message was the same, and they confirmed each other. It is only the deviant who have distorted the message of the previous Prophets, and thus Allaah promised to preserve His last revelation (the Qur`an) from corruption.

To read about Jesus, click The Status of Jesus in Islam

Imam Bukhaaree and One Thousand Dinars

In Al-Fawaaid Ad-daraaree, Al-Ajloonee related that Imam Bukhaaree (may Allah have mercy on him) once travelled by boat on a journey to seek out knowledge and that  he had taken with him one-thousand dinars. One of his fellow travelers ingratiated himself with Imam Bukharee, outwadly showing him love and admiration. During the sea-voyage, the man often made it a point to sit in his company. On long journeys, friendships develop faster than normal, and during the course of the time they spent together, Imam Bukhaaree informed the man that he had one-thousand dinars with him.

The morning after Imam Bukharee spoke about the money, the man woke up and began to cry, scream, rip his clothing apart, and slap his own face, as if he had just been afflicted with a great loss. His fellow shipmates asked him what was wrong, and he refused to answer at first, as if he was still in a state of  shock and could not bring himself to speak about his situation. After they continually insisted that he tell them what the matter was with him, he finally said, “I had a bag that contained one-thousand dinars, and I lost it.”

The crewmen who were incharge of the ship began to search the passengers. One by one everyone was being searched, and upon realizing what was happening, Imam Bukharee, making sure that no one was looking, threw his bag of money over the side of the ship. When it was his turn to be searched, nothing was found. When the entire ship and all of its passengers were searched, and when no bag of money was found, those in authority on the ship went back to the man who had made up the story and chastised him for making a false claim and for putting them through so much trouble. As soon as the ship finally reached shore, the passengers began to disembark;meanwhile, Imam Bukhaaree’s old friend went to him and asked him what he had done with the bag of money.

“I threw it into the sea,” Imam Bukhaaree matter-of-factly replied.

“And you are patiently accepting the fact that you have just lost such a huge sum of money?” the man asked in bewilderment.

“O ignorant one,” Imam Bukhaaree said,

“Do you not know that I have spent my entire life gathering the Ahadeeth of the Messenger (Sallalaahu alaihi wa Sallam) and that  the world now acknowledges my trustworthiness. Would it then have been befitting for me to subject  myself to the accusation of theft? And shall I lose the precious pearl (i.e my knowledge and achievements as a scholar) that I have earned over a lifetime over a limited number of dinars?”[1]

Footnotes:
[1] Refer Al-Fawaaid Ad-Daraaree As-Sujloonee, and to Seerathul Bukhaaree by Al-Mubaarakpooree

Source: The Boigraphy of Imaam Bukhaaree (May Allah have mercy on him), published by dar-us-salam. pg 143-144

Don’t be like Heraclius who recognized The Truth, but instead chose this brief world over ever-lasting Paradise – Sahih Bukhari

From last hadith in The Book of Revelation of the 1st Volume of Sahih Bukhari:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:

Abu Sufyan bin Harb informed me that Heraclius had sent a messenger to him while he had been accompanying a caravan from Quraish. They were merchants doing business in Sham (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan), at the time when Allaah’s Messenger had truce with Abu Sufyan and Quraish infidels. So Abu Sufyan and his companions went to Heraclius at Ilya (Jerusalem). Heraclius called them in the court and he had all the senior Roman dignitaries around him. He called for his translator who, translating Heraclius’s question said to them, “Who amongst you is closely related to that man who claims to be a Prophet?” Abu Sufyan replied, “I am the nearest relative to him (amongst the group).”

Heraclius said, “Bring him (Abu Sufyan) close to me and make his companions stand behind him.” Abu Sufyan added, Heraclius told his translator to tell my companions that he wanted to put some questions to me regarding that man (The Prophet) and that if I told a lie they (my companions) should contradict me.” Abu Sufyan added, “By Allaah! Had I not been afraid of my companions labeling me a liar, I would not have spoken the truth about the Prophet. The first question he asked me about him was:

‘What is his family status amongst you?’

I replied, ‘He belongs to a good (noble) family amongst us.’

Heraclius further asked, ‘Has anybody amongst you ever claimed the same (i.e. to be a Prophet) before him?’

I replied, ‘No.’

He said, ‘Was anybody amongst his ancestors a king?’

I replied, ‘No.’

Heraclius asked, ‘Do the nobles or the poor follow him?’

I replied, ‘It is the poor who follow him.’

He said, ‘Are his followers increasing decreasing (day by day)?’

I replied, ‘They are increasing.’

He then asked, ‘Does anybody amongst those who embrace his religion become displeased and renounce the religion afterwards?’

I replied, ‘No.’

Heraclius said, ‘Have you ever accused him of telling lies before his claim (to be a Prophet)?’

I replied, ‘No. ‘

Heraclius said, ‘Does he break his promises?’

I replied, ‘No. We are at truce with him but we do not know what he will do in it.’ I could not find opportunity to say anything against him except that.

Heraclius asked, ‘Have you ever had a war with him?’

I replied, ‘Yes.’

Then he said, ‘What was the outcome of the battles?’

I replied, ‘Sometimes he was victorious and sometimes we.’

Heraclius said, ‘What does he order you to do?’

I said, ‘He tells us to worship Allaah and Allaah alone and not to worship anything along with Him, and to renounce all that our ancestors had said. He orders us to pray, to speak the truth, to be chaste and to keep good relations with our Kith and kin.’

Heraclius asked the translator to convey to me the following, I asked you about his family and your reply was that he belonged to a very noble family. In fact all the Messengers come from noble families amongst their respective peoples. I questioned you whether anybody else amongst you claimed such a thing, your reply was in the negative. If the answer had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man was following the previous man’s statement. Then I asked you whether anyone of his ancestors was a king. Your reply was in the negative, and if it had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man wanted to take back his ancestral kingdom.

I further asked whether he was ever accused of telling lies before he said what he said, and your reply was in the negative. So I wondered how a person who does not tell a lie about others could ever tell a lie about Allaah. I, then asked you whether the rich people followed him or the poor. You replied that it was the poor who followed him. And in fact all the Messengers have been followed by this very class of people. Then I asked you whether his followers were increasing or decreasing. You replied that they were increasing, and in fact this is the way of true faith, till it is complete in all respects. I further asked you whether there was anybody, who, after embracing his religion, became displeased and discarded his religion. Your reply was in the negative, and in fact this is (the sign of) true faith, when its delight enters the hearts and mixes with them completely. I asked you whether he had ever betrayed. You replied in the negative and likewise the Messengers never betray. Then I asked you what he ordered you to do. You replied that he ordered you to worship Allaah and Allaah alone and not to worship any thing along with Him and forbade you to worship idols and ordered you to pray, to speak the truth and to be chaste. If what you have said is true, he will very soon occupy this place underneath my feet and I knew it (from the scriptures) that he was going to appear but I did not know that he would be from you, and if I could reach him definitely, I would go immediately to meet him and if I were with him, I would certainly wash his feet.’

Heraclius then asked for the letter addressed by Allaah’s Messenger which was delivered by Dihya to the Governor of Busra, who forwarded it to Heraclius to read. The contents of the letter were as follows: “In the name of Allaah the Beneficent, the Merciful (This letter is) from Muhammad the slave of Allaah and His Messenger to Heraclius the ruler of Byzantine. Peace be upon him, who follows the right path. Furthermore I invite you to Islam, and if you become a Muslim you will be safe, and Allaah will double your reward, and if you reject this invitation of Islam you will be committing a sin by misguiding your Arisiyin (peasants). (And I recite to you Allaah’s Statement:)

O people of the scripture! Come to a word common to you and us that we worship none but Allaah and that we associate nothing in worship with Him, and that none of us shall take others as Lords beside Allaah. Then, if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have surrendered to Allaah). (3:64)

Abu Sufyan then added, “When Heraclius had finished his speech and had read the letter, there was a great hue and cry in the Royal Court. So we were turned out of the court. I told my companions that the question of Ibn-Abi-Kabsha) (the Prophet Muhammad) has become so prominent that even the King of Bani Al-Asfar (Byzantine) is afraid of him. Then I started to become sure that he (the Prophet) would be the conqueror in the near future till I embraced Islam (i.e. Allaah guided me to it).”

The sub narrator adds, “Ibn An-Natur was the Governor of llya’ (Jerusalem) and Heraclius was the head of the Christians of Sham. Ibn An-Natur narrates that once while Heraclius was visiting ilya’ (Jerusalem), he got up in the morning with a sad mood. Some of his priests asked him why he was in that mood? Heraclius was a foreteller and an astrologer. He replied, ‘At night when I looked at the stars, I saw that the leader of those who practice circumcision had appeared (become the conqueror). Who are they who practice circumcision?’ The people replied, ‘Except the Jews nobody practices circumcision, so you should not be afraid of them (Jews).

‘Just Issue orders to kill every Jew present in the country.’

While they were discussing it, a messenger sent by the king of Ghassan to convey the news of Allaah’s Messenger to Heraclius was brought in. Having heard the news, he (Heraclius) ordered the people to go and see whether the messenger of Ghassan was circumcised. The people, after seeing him, told Heraclius that he was circumcised. Heraclius then asked him about the Arabs. The messenger replied, ‘Arabs also practice circumcision.’

(After hearing that) Heraclius remarked that sovereignty of the ‘Arabs had appeared. Heraclius then wrote a letter to his friend in Rome who was as good as Heraclius in knowledge. Heraclius then left for Homs. (a town in Syrian and stayed there till he received the reply of his letter from his friend who agreed with him in his opinion about the emergence of the Prophet and the fact that he was a Prophet. On that Heraclius invited all the heads of the Byzantines to assemble in his palace at Homs. When they assembled, he ordered that all the doors of his palace be closed. Then he came out and said, ‘O Byzantines! If success is your desire and if you seek right guidance and want your empire to remain then give a pledge of allegiance to this Prophet (i.e. embrace Islam).’

(On hearing the views of Heraclius) the people ran towards the gates of the palace like onagers but found the doors closed. Heraclius realized their hatred towards Islam and when he lost the hope of their embracing Islam, he ordered that they should be brought back in audience.

(When they returned) he said, ‘What already said was just to test the strength of your conviction and I have seen it.’ The people prostrated before him and became pleased with him, and this was the end of Heraclius’s story (in connection with his faith).

Mahkmoom Heart and a Truthful Tongue – Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani

On the authority of Abdullaah bin ‘Amr who said: Someone asked :

O Messenger of Allaah! Who are the best of the people?’

He answered: ‘Everyone who has a mahkmoom heart and a truthful tongue.’

They asked: ‘We know what a truthful tongue is, but what is a mahkmoom heart?’

He said: ‘A pious, pure one, which has no sin in it nor is it oppressive, nor does it have hatred and jealousy.’

Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani – No.948

Source : Some Ahadeeth pertaining to Manners, Righteousness & Keeping Good Relations – 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06| 07 | 08 – Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani – Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

An Obligation & Two Honest People – Nice Story from Sahih Bukhari

Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu `anhu has said that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam mentioned a man of the Bani Israel saying:

He asked another to lend him a thousand dinars. The lender asked him to bring witnesses but the borrower said, “Allah is sufficient as a witness.” The lender asked him to furnish a surety but the borrower again asserted, “Allah is sufficient as a surety.” The lender agreed, “You are correct,” and lent him money for a specified period.

The debtor went across the sea. When he had finished his work, he looked for a conveyance to take him back for the punctual repayment of his debt, but he did not find any conveyance. So he took a piece of wood and made a hole in it. He inserted in it the one thousand dinars and a letter to the lender and closed the hole tightly.

He took the piece of wood to the sea and said, “O Allah! You know well that I took a loan of one thousand dinars from so-and-so. He demanded a surety from me but I told him that Allah’s surety was enough and he accepted Your Guarantee. He then demanded a witness and I told him that Allah was sufficient as a witness. No doubt I have tried much to find a conveyance so that I might pay back his money but could not find one, so I hand this money over to you.”

Saying that, he threw the piece of wood into the sea till it went far out into it, and then he went away. Meanwhile he kept looking for a conveyance to take him to the lender’s place.

One day, the lender came out of his house to see whether a ship had arrived bringing his money, and all of a sudden, he saw a piece of wood in which was the money. He took it home to use as firewood. When he sawed it, he found his money and the letter inside it.

Shortly after that, the debtor came with a thousand dinars and said, “By Allah! I had been trying to get a boat so I could bring you your money but failed to get one before the one I have come by.”

The lender said, “Allah has delivered on your behalf the money you sent in the piece of wood. So you may keep your thousand dinars and go, guided on the right path.”

~ Sahih Bukhari