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The Virtue of Honesty and Truthfulness

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

Friday Sermon

19 February 2021 / 7 Rejab 1442H

The Virtue of Honesty and Truthfulness

 

My brothers,

Let us together strengthen our taqwa of Allah (s.w.t.) by fulfilling all His commands and leaving all His prohibitions.

Brothers,

Honesty is one of the virtues and life principles of a believer. However, there will be times when it becomes difficult to remain honest especially when doing so may hurt the feelings of our friends or family, or even affect our own well-being.

Let us observe the following verse where Allah (s.w.t.) addresses the believers:

Which means: “O believers! Be mindful of Allah, and be in the company of the truthful.” (Surah At-Taubah: 119).

Brothers,

This verse refers to the three companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.), who chose to speak the truth and not give false excuses for not joining the battle of Tabuk. At that time, although they did not have any valid reasons to be exempted from joining the Prophet (s.a.w.), they still chose not to participate in the battle.

When Rasulullah (s.a.w.) asked what their reasons were, they were honest about not having any valid reasons nor excuses. The other companions were puzzled by their response, as they could have just come up with some kind of excuses.  

Due to their honesty and truthfulness, they were punished accordingly. However, Allah (s.w.t.) eventually praised their honesty and their ability to speak the truth at all times.

This story, as mentioned in the verse depicts the virtue of those who are truthful.

Hence, how do we instil the trait of honesty in ourselves? Imam al-Ghazali once wrote in his book Ihya ‘Ulumuddin: “Honesty includes being truthful in one’s words, actions, and intentions”. This means that an honest person is someone who not only speaks the truth, but whose actions are aligned with his words and whose intentions are pure and not distorted. 

For example, my brothers, a believer who is honest in giving advice is someone who speaks the truth. He also strives to put his own advice into practice, even if he is unable to do it perfectly. In addition, he should only give advice out of the intent of spreading goodness to others, and not because he thinks that he is better than them, or to bring them down, spread rumours, or humiliate them.

My brothers,

Honesty brings a lot of benefit to every individual. Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said:

علَيْكُمْ بِالصِّدْقِ فَإِنَّ الصِّدْقَ يَهْدِى إِلَى الْبِرِّ وَإِنَّ الْبِرَّ يَهْدِى إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَصْدُقُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الصِّدْقَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ صِدِّيقًا

Which means: “Adhere to truth, for truth leads to good deeds and good deeds lead to Paradise, and if a man continues to speak the truth, he will be recorded as truthful before Allah.” (Hadith reported by Imam Bukhari and Muslim).

Therefore, let us practise honesty and truthfulness in our personal, professional and social lives. Be mindful of our words, actions and our intentions, whether we are interacting with others in person, or in the cyber world. May Allah (s.w.t.) make us amongst those who are consistently truthful and sincere in our search for His mercy. Amin. Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

أَقُوْلُ قَوْلِي هَذَا وَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ العَظِيْمَ لِي وَ لَكُمْ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْمُ

 

 

Second Sermon

الْحَمْدُ للهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا كَمَا أَمَرَ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَن لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ سَيِّدَنَا مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَأَصْحَابِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ. أَمَّا بَعْدُ، فَيَا عِبَادَ الله، اِتَّقُوا اللهَ تَعَالَى فِيمَا أَمَرَ، وَانتَهُوا عَمَّا نَهَاكُم عَنْهُ وَزَجَرَ.

أَلَا صَلُّوا وَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى النَّبِيِّ الْمُصْطَفَى، فَقَدْ أَمَرَنَا اللهُ بِذَلِكَ حَيْثُ قَال فِي كِتَابِهِ الْعَزِيزِ: إِنَّ اللهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَـا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَ بَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ.

وَارْضَ اللَّهُمَّ عَنِ الخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ المَهْدِيِّينَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمَانَ وَعَلِيِّ، وَعَن بَقِيَّةِ الصَّحَابَةِ وَالقَرَابَةِ وَالتَّابِعِينَ، وَتَابِعِي التَّابِعِينَ، وَعَنَّا مَعَهُم وَفِيهِم بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالمُؤْمِنَاتِ، وَالمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ، الْأَحْيَاءِ مِنهُم وَالْأَمْوَاتِ. اللَّهُمَّ ادْفَعْ عَنَّا الْبَلَاءَ وَالوَبَاءَ وَالزَّلَازِلَ وَالْمِحَنَ، مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ، عَن بَلَدِنَا خَاصَّةً، وَسَائِرِ الْبُلْدَانِ عَامَّةً، يَارَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ. رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنيَا حَسَنَةً، وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.

عِبَادَ اللهِ، إِنَّ اللهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ، وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ، يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ، فَاذْكُرُوا اللهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ، وَاسْأَلُوهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ يُعْطِكُمْ، وَلَذِكْرُ اللهِ أَكْبَرُ، وَاللهُ  يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ.