Truthfulness was once
a cherished trait. Such was its awe that people would hide
their lies and would never dare disclose them. However, today
people seldom feel ashamed of telling lies; in fact, many a
time they are not even aware that what they are doing comes
under its ambit. They proudly mention their feats – some of
them falling under shameless lies, at times without realizing
the horrible nature of their sin. Even more alarming is the
fact that people do not even seem to have the courage to point
out such things nor do they make an effort to play a prudent
role in correcting and reforming their near ones in this
At times, we misquote
the opinions of others and at others, we transmit negative
information about a person without checking it out; we chat
and gossip and dwell on unfounded facts; We make lame excuses
knowing full well that we have no excuse; we sell defective
and counterfeit goods without disclosing the reality behind
them; we seldom have any qualms in forging the signatures of a
friend thinking that the application is merely a sick leave.
We even bear false witness to show “faithfulness” to a friend.
False birth certificates to admit our children to school,
false medical certificates to cover an absence from job, false
certificates to make someone a mahram to offer as noble a
ritual as hajj, false degrees to qualify for a position, false
identity cards and passports seem to have become an everyday
affair. We summarily make commitments and promises about which
we are quite sure at the time of making them that we will
never be able to honour them. Often we find lawyers proving
the innocence of their client about whom they are sure that he
is downright guilty. Students plagiarize their assignments and
theses and merrily proxy the presence of their friends. Wrong
opinions are given to please friends and flatter bosses.
Polytheism is a falsehood imputed to God. What is more, people
have concocted Hadith narratives to inject force in their
views. And the list is unending …!
In these dismal times,
when the difference between truth and falsehood has become
blurred and the call of one’s conscience has been lulled to
sleep, speaking the truth is no less than the jihad of the
tongue. Some tips may help us in being more truthful, more
honest and more upright:
1. We should try to
become true seekers of the truth – and cherish it whenever and
wherever we find it. If truth becomes our prized possession,
we will also always like being truthful.
2. We should stop
thinking what others will say or think of us. This is because
at times we lie to give others a false impression.
3. We should accept
the fact that as human beings we can falter. One of the
greatest things that induces us to lie is that we should not
4. We should develop
respect for blunt people because truth is seldom sweet. If we
can bear unpleasant situations, we can bear the brunt of the
5. When we lie to
people we should confess before God and also apologize to the
6. Whenever we lie, we
should impose a fine on ourselves and gradually increase this
fine if the habit becomes more pronounced so that a fear of a
heavy penalty may impede us.
7. We should avoid
situations which tempt us to lie and misstate. We are the best
judge of our own selves and know our weaknesses. We know best
when situations can arise which may lure us to lie.
8. We should prize the
state of guilt-consciousness whenever it arises for it is an
impediment and a hindrance to lying.
9. Speaking the truth
requires courage, and this courage can only be attained when
we fear God alone.
10. Fasting is a very
good training for telling the truth. A person however much of
a liar he is will never be dishonest to God while fasting by
secretively eating or drinking.
Finally, the words “I
shall speak the truth and nothing but the truth” should be the
motto of our life instead of being an undertaking while
testifying in a court.