Honesty is ALWAYS the best Policy!

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Now as we all know for the last few weeks, all we have heard is MPs and their extravagant expense claims. Many are being asked to stand down from their post and many are now being investigated further – whichever way you look at it, it ain’t good!

But one thing that hits me is why do they do it? When discussing this over some food with friends and family, one answer that came up amongst others was that of honesty, and when you consider it yes that’s what it boils down to.

So what is honesty? Honesty is the value of speaking truth and creating trust in minds of others. This includes all varieties of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Honesty implies a lack of deceit (thank you Wikipedia!).

For me the definition says it all -  if a person adheres to honesty, the value of speaking the truth in, then that is the way of our blessed Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH) who taught us our complete way of life. Islam dictates that honesty should permeate into everything  we do in our lives, in business, in talking to our friends and family, working lives and social lives.

Today it has become the norm to take advantage of those who are honest, we see it all the time when people are looking at ways to make a quick buck, deceiving others to gain an advantage, spreading rumours about others so the person in question is made to look bad, in fact there are so many things, that the list keeps going on and on.

If, however, a person is honest and fears Allah and that one day he has to answer for his doings then not only does he see a happy world and society around him but Allah provides him with internal bliss and peace.

In the absence of honesty, many social diseases appear. If a person is dishonest, he is ready to tell lies, to bribe, to be bribed, to distort the truth, to cheat, to forge, to deceive others, and to break his promises.

Islam, however, orders the Muslim to be honest to himself and others. This order repeatedly comes in the Noble Qur’an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Islam orders the Muslim to tell the truth even if it is against the teller’s interest. It orders him not to cheat or deceive other people. A Muslim is ordered by Allah to be honest in his words and deeds, privately and publicly alike.

The Prophet’s (PBUH) high standard of manners made him a model for all Muslims to follow. He used to emphasise how important good manners are for Muslims. For example, Imams Bukhari and Muslim reported that the Prophet (PBUH) mentioned the following:
•  “The best of you is the best among you in conduct.”
Someone once asked the Prophet (PBUH) what deed would lead a man to Paradise, and he answered:
•  “Taqwa of Allah (piety) and good conduct.”

And to be quite honest (!!) it makes perfect sense.  Honesty is the best policy because it leads a human being to contentment because there is no nagging feeling in the heart that he or she has done wrong – there is none of that looking over the shoulder business!

Whereas the people who are dishonest are continually worried about something, wondering if their scam paid off, checking to see if the last person they deceived has caught up with them – all you have to do is take a look at the faces of the MPs who are being investigated and you will know what I mean.

So I pray that Allah helps us realise the importance of honesty and gives us all the ability to be honest all day, every day, in everything that we do for the rest of our lives.  And so once again, we see not only how Islam encourages the truth, but how it actually becomes the definition for the truth.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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