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The Concept of Lying in Islam

Lying is a major sin and it is Haram to do so. Lying is an act that hides something by saying incorrect or dishonest. Of course, lies are things that are prohibited in Islam. All Muslims should avoid doing lies within act and talk. Lying in public to get praise or kindness from the community is a very blameworthy act. This act is usually called a hypocrite the hypocrites are liars. Allah says:

إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُهُ وَاللَّهُ يَشْهَدُ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لَكَاذِبُونَ

“When the hypocrites come to you, (O Muhammad), they say, “We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah. And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars.” (Surah Al-Munafiqun 63:1)

Our loving religion, Islam and beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught us each and everything about life and the whole structure of life that how we should spend our lives and how we should solve any problem in the light of the Quran Sunnah. Try to implement them in our lives to spend a happy and comfortable life. Lying is considered to be a big sin in our religion, Islam. Allah says:

إِنَّ هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ يَهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا

Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward. (Surah Al-Isra 17:9)

Telling lies is worse than other sins and it is more harmful than the others are. A liar is miserable, impious and faithless. Lying is the complete opposite of the truth. Islam rejects lying in all forms. However, there are a few instances where even Islam allows lying for the sake of brotherhood. Allah says:

مَّا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ وَلَا لِآبَائِهِمْ كَبُرَتْ كَلِمَةً تَخْرُجُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ إِن يَقُولُونَ إِلَّا كَذِبًا

“Not they have about it any knowledge and not their forefathers. Mighty (is) the word (that) comes out of their mouths. Not they say except a lie.” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:5)

It is a fact that lying leads to inner turmoil and chaos. It topples our inner balance. It festers the soul of the individual and continues to taint the soul as many times as the individual engages in lying. Getting into the habit of lying can become toxic for the individual and those around him. Evil and sinful acts such as cheating, deceiving, fraud, forgery, etc. are essentially all carried out by liars.

Lying and falsehood are widespread problems, following are some reasons:

  1. Lying leads to a false claim and a dishonest claimant
  2. Lying to get financial aid by providing false proofs
  3. Lying leads you to sin and sin takes you to Hell
  4. Lying worst form is to stand witness to support
  5. Lying made a mole for character assassination
  6. Lying is against human nature and physiology
  7. Liars have no time for them to think or reflect
  8. Liar is the ones who harm the religion most
  9. Liars moths are attracted to an open flame
  10. Lying provide to get a false certificate
  11. Lying has many faces in our society
  12. Lying is a highly idolatrous beliefs
  13. Lying renders the heart incapable 
  14. Lying is one of the greatest sins
  15. Lying to get time off from work
  16. Lying is highly condemnable
  17. Lying washes out its reward
  18. Lying causes forgetfulness
  19. Liar tells a lie to deceive 
  20. Lying is the worst vice
  21. Liar tells a lie for cheating
  22. Lying is a disease of the heart 
  23. Lying produces inner conflicts
  24. Lying is the opposite of the truth
  25. Lying has its signs and symptoms
  26. Liars suffer from a mental disorder 
  27. Lying exhibits the inner hollowness
  28. Lies often roll off the human tongue
  29. Liar enjoying their misery like Satan
  30. Lying has been forbidden even in-jokes
  31. Lying is an embellishment of Satan’s hands
  32. Lying is against the teachings of all prophets
  33. Lying is forbidden in humorous conversation
  34. Liar puts himself on a slippery slope to hellfire
  35. Lying is a common part of human relationships
  36. Lying is a despicable vice, rampant in our societies
  37. Lying leads to deviance and deviance leads to the fire

Lies are also usually used by some people for profit. Lying is something that almost everyone does, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. We sometimes lie without even meaning to do it. Think before you say something about others. Lies often roll off the human tongue just as fast as moths are attracted to an open flame, the consequences of both are sometimes equally flammable. Allah says:

إِنَّمَا يَفْتَرِي الْكَذِبَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْكَاذِبُونَ

“Only they invent the falsehood those who (do) not believe in the Verses (of) Allah, and those – they (are) the liars.” (Surah An-Nahl 16:105)

Islam judges man’s character by the degree of his belief and his favourable traits and fervently struggles to strengthen these two factors. Be very cautious and extremely careful while making comments about a person in his absence. While a Muslim lies about something in the name of Allah, indeed the reward given by Allah is very painful. Allah says:

لِّيَجْزِيَ اللَّهُ الصَّادِقِينَ بِصِدْقِهِمْ وَيُعَذِّبَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ إِن شَاءَ أَوْ يَتُوبَ عَلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

“That Allah may reward the truthful for their truth and punish the hypocrites if He will or accept their repentance. Indeed, Allah is Ever-Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:24)

Lying leads to corruption and deceit. Indeed, those who are believers and fear Allah are those who are honest and those who are believers always with the righteous. Besides, those who do lies are not believers and they are always with the disbelievers.

Allah Almighty says in the Quranic verses denounce lying:

  • “That Allah may reward the truthful for their truth…” (Quran 33:24)
  • “… the curse of Allah be on him if he is one of the liars.” (An-Noor 24:8)
  • “…Surely Allah does not guide him who is extravagant, a liar.” (Ghafir, 40:34)
  • “…The curse of Allah is upon him if he should be among the liars.” (Quran 24:7)
  • “Only they forge the lie who do not believe in the signs of Allah.” (An-Nahl 16:l05)
  • “Surely Allah does not guide him aright who is a liar, ungrateful.” (Az-Zumar 39:3)
  • “…therefore avoid the uncleanness of the idols and avoid false words.” (Hajj 22:30)
  • “…Indeed Allah does not guide one who is a transgressor and a liar.” (Quran 40:28)
  • “Say: ‘Verily, those who invent a lie against Allah will never be successful.” (Yunus 10:69)
  • “The patient, the true, the obedient, those who spend [in the way of Allah], and those who seek forgiveness before dawn.” (Quran 3:17)

Undoubtedly, lying is the worst of sins. A Muslim can lie to protect his life, wealth and honour; and it is compulsory to lie to protect another Muslim’s life, wealth and honour. No one can make a habit of lying and give the excuse that Islam encourages us to lie to save our honour and the honour of others. All Muslims should avoid doing lies within act and talk. Allah says:

فَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن كَذَبَ عَلَى اللَّهِ وَكَذَّبَ بِالصِّدْقِ إِذْ جَاءَهُ أَلَيْسَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَثْوًى لِّلْكَافِرِينَ

“Then who (is) more unjust than (one) who lies against Allah and denies the truth when it comes to him? Is (there) not in Hell an abode for the disbelievers?” (Surah Az-Zumar 39:32)

Lies often roll off the human tongue just as fast as moths are attracted to an open flame, the consequences of both are sometimes equally flammable. Being truthful is an endearing quality that we all would be blessed to attain in our lifetime and is a commodity that is becoming more scarce in this world as the hands of time relentlessly spin round and round. Allah says:

فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ اللَّهُ مَرَضًا وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ

“In their hearts (is) a disease so has increased them Allah (in) disease, and for them (is) a punishment painful because they used to [they] lie.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:10)

Islam discourages the person who lies and lying is prohibited in our beloved religion Islam. In the Hereafter, Allah will divide the two classes of people, namely between the hypocrites and the believers. Verily honesty is like the sword of Allah on earth capable of resisting and defeating the sounds of its enemies. The evils of lying are more dreadful than those of adultery. Allah says:

وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَىٰ عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا أَوْ كَذَّبَ بِالْحَقِّ لَمَّا جَاءَهُ أَلَيْسَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَثْوًى لِّلْكَافِرِينَ

“And who (is) more unjust than (he) who invents against Allah a lie or denies the truth when it has come to him. Is there not in Hell an abode for the disbelievers?” (Surah Al-Ankabut 29:68)

Telling lies affects speech as well as deeds and character. Sometimes, a human being does something that indicates his good nature, whereas his intention is not good. Avoid suspicion and mistrust and think good of people. May God save us from such people who are like hypocrites. May Allah clean our hearts, and enable us to watch our tongue and our acts, Aamin.