The Secret Beyond Matter

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Conclusion: The Honest Person Always Gains

The majority of people do not think they deserve to be called liars just because they tell small or "white" lies. This may arise from their failure to consider what a lie actually is. Although people might not consider such lies important, based upon their attitude of "What's wrong with this?" or some other justification, each lie may place the liar's eternal Hereafter in great danger. Social norms or people's opinions, whether positive or negative, cannot change this fact.

At first glance, it may seem that people who are hypocritical, sly liars obtain certain advantages and benefits in this world's temporary life. But this is deceptive, for such people always forfeit all of their respect, both in their own eyes and in those of others, in the end. In this world, they cannot experience true friendship, love, trust, sincerity, brotherhood, peace, or comfort; in the Hereafter, they may be punished very severely. Allah informs us of the situation of liars in the following verse:

Damned will be the conjecturers, those who flounder in a glut of ignorance. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 51:10-11)

Sometimes, honest people may find themselves in a position of difficulty. But because they are honest and sincere, they always gain in the end. In this life and in the afterlife, Allah offers them His blessing, mercy, love, and approval. Moreover, He rewards their steadfast morality by willing them to enter Paradise. Allah informs us in the Qur'an of the splendid end that awaits each honest and sincere individual:

Allah will say: "This is the Day when the truthfulness of the truthful will benefit them. They will have Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, forever and ever. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. That is the Great Victory." (Surat al-Ma’ida, 5:119)

Our Prophet (saas) also advises people to adhere to honesty and to avoid lying with these wise words:

"Avoid falsehood, for falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness to Hell. If a man continues to speak falsehood and makes falsehood his object, he will be recorded in Allah's presence as a great liar. Adhere to the truth, for truth leads to good deeds, and good deeds lead to Paradise. If a man continues to speak the truth and makes truth his object, he will be recorded in Allah's presence as eminently truthful."61

They said, "Glory be to You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. You are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."
(Surat al-Baqara, 2: 32)


  61 Mehmed Zahid Kotku, Hadislerle Nasihatlar, Cilt 1, s.279; Buhari ve Müslim'den

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