Honesty in Islam refers to staying truthful in all matters and under all conditions. Honesty likewise suggests satisfying the someone’s trust. It suggests giving the right guidance to the person who wants it. Islam orders the Muslim to be honest to himself and others. This law repeatedly comes in the Quran and the saying of Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W). Islam orders the Muslim to tell the truth even if it is against the teller’s interest. Orders him not to cheat or deceive other people. A Muslim is ordered by Allah to be honest in his words and deeds.
Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said:
“Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. In addition, a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to wickedness and evil-doing, and wickedness leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before God, as a liar”.
Honesty is one of the outstanding qualities of man and acquiring it is the virtue, which attracted confidence and made non-Muslims fall upon the shining lamp of Islam. It created a peaceful society and made people proceed on the path to progress. This aim can be attained through actions as commanded by Islam. A true believer, one who submit will to God and has many characteristics by which identified. The most prominent of these excellent characteristics are honesty of character and truthfulness of speech. Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) was a perfect example of morality. Even before his Prophethood, he had earned the titles of Al-Amin (the trustworthy) and As-Sadiq (the truthful).
“Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the hearts of men (faithful believers), and then the Quran was revealed and the people read the Quran, (and learnt it from it) and also learnt from the sayings and traditions. Both the Quran and the traditions strengthened their honesty.
Honesty is critical in a life of a believer. For those who wish to be among the truthful, Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) has left us with these words of guidance.
“Let he who believes in God and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent”.