Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advice: Honesty is a feature that distinguishes a true Muslim from a hypocrite. Sadly, this quality of honesty seems to have become almost non-existent in this era. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has drawn the difference between a true Muslim and a Munafiq (hypocrite) with very clear terms. The signs of a Munafiq are three: a) when he speaks, he lies. b) When he makes a promise, he fails to fulfill it. c) When he is entrusted with something, he abuses that trust (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 33, Narrated by Abu Hurayrah). To develop this great quality of honesty, we should remind ourselves constantly that Allah is aware of our actions and intentions. Furthermore, we should ponder over the benefits of honesty. In a Hadith in Sahih Muslim is mentioned that a person who remains honest in his dealings and way of life will eventually be declared by Allah as a Siddeeq (a very high ranking saint who enjoys a status just below the Prophets in Jannah.

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