Lying is something that is so common these days. People tell lies without thinking about the consequences and without any God-fear at all. What will make the liars to stop telling lies? Every person has one time or the other told a lie. The people need to understand that the lying wont give them anything else than misery in the hereafter. And what for are they doing this? To achieve what? A person that lies again and again is not seen as a trustworthy person and people don’t take what he says seriously, because they know that she / he has been lying before. The Prophet (pbuh) has said:
“Truthfulness leads to piety, and piety leads to Paradise. A man continues to speak truth until he is recorded in the sight of Allah as a sincere lover of truth (Siddiq). Falsehood leads to iniquity and iniquity leads to hell. A man will continue to speak falsehood until he is recorded in the sight of Allah as a liar”.
It is also mentioned in the Quran 22:30
” .. and shun the word that is false”.
The Prophet (pbuh) has said that giving false statements are almost in equal with the major sins with associating partners with Allah and being disobedient to ones parents. The Prophet said:
“Shall i not tell you of the most serious of the most serious of the major sins?” “of course O Messenger of Allah” He said ” associating partners with Allah and disobeying your parents” He was reclining but then He sat up and said ” and bearing false witness” and he kept repeating this until we wished that he would stop” (ie. so that he would not exhaust himself with his fervour.
Another chapter in the Quran says ( 25:72)
“Those whom witness no falsehood and if they pass by futility they pass it by with honourable (avoidance)”
In this means those who do not give no evidence that is false and those who do not assist in anything which implies fraud or falsehood.
How easily do we take Islam and don’t even look for the answers in the book (Quran), than how can we act upon it. It is so easy to point a finger at another person but what about ourselves. We all need to look inside of us and see if any of these characteristics are in us than we need to get rid of them as soon as possible so our remaining life will remain in peace. Each and every person that is on this earth needs to look within themselves and try their out most to stop themselves if they are lying without any valid reason.
In case we need to save a life or someone would be killed if we tell the truth, then it is better that for a while we remain quiet. Eventually the truth will come out, so no need to worry at all.
Another ayat in the Quran about giving respite to the people (from our Quran 14:42) :
” Think not that Allah doth not heed the deeds of those who do wrong. He but giveth them respite against a day when the eyes will fixedly stare in horror”.
Another ayat about giving respite says: (Quran 16:61)
“If Allah were to punish men for their wrongdoing, He would not leave on the (earth) a single living creature: But He gives them respite for a stated term: when their term expires, they would not be able to delay (the punishment) for a single hour, just like they would not be able to anticipate it for a single hour.”
Don`t for a moment think that you or anyone can go around being evil to someone without being accountable for it. Either in life or the hereafter each and every will have to give their explanation to Allah. We are only given some time from Allah that we might straighten up, in case we do it is for our own good, if we don`t than it will be our own doom.
However, it is Allowed to lie in three matters according to a hadith, the Prophet (pbuh) said:
“It is not lawful to lie except in three cases; Something the man tells the wife to please her, to lie during the war and to lie in order to bring peace between people”.
(Source book the Ideal Muslimah and Jami`At-Tirmidhi)