Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor.
One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house and told him how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man.
As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty gold coins, when she arrived home, she told her father what she had found. The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed then to him. After counting the gold coins the man said that ten of them was missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him (the girl’s father). But the father refused.
The selfish man left the gold coins and went to the court and informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl’s father.
The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived asked the girl how many gold coins did she find. She replied thirty gold coins. The Judge that asked the selfish man how many gold coins did he lose and he answered forty gold coins.
The judge then told the selfish man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl.
The judge told the selfish man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send for him. It was then that the selfish man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him.
Moral: This story of honesty teaches us to be always honest as dishonest never pays.
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِنَّ الصِّدْقَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْبِرِّ وَإِنَّ الْبِرَّ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَإِنَّ الرَّجُلَ لَيَصْدُقُ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ صِدِّيقًا وَإِنَّ الْكَذِبَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْفُجُورِ وَإِنَّ الْفُجُورَ يَهْدِي إِلَى النَّارِ وَإِنَّ الرَّجُلَ لَيَكْذِبُ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ كَذَّابًا
Ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily,truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise; a man may speak the truth until he is recorded with Allah as truthful; and verily, lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Hellfire; a man may tell lies until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.”
[Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Number 6308]
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “When
honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (of Judgment
Day).” He was then asked: “How will honesty be lost?”
The Prophet replied: “When authority is given to those
not deserve it.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 503
Bukhari Volume 9, Book 92, Number 381: Narrated Hudhaifa: Allah’s Apostle said to us, “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 it from the Sunna.” Both Quran and Sunna strengthened their (the faithful believers’) honesty. (See Hadith No. 208)
So here we read about how truth leads to righteousness, and how eventually this righteousness leads to paradise, hence being truthful is linked with one going to paradise! As the prophet also correctly stated, truthfulness leads to one becoming righteous, because a truthful person will keep his word, you will be able to trust that person, and as anyone knows, when there is trust, then you have a very strong backbone for a strong noble person, as well as a strong society.
After the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stressed the importance of truth, he contrasted this with the issue of lying, and as we read the prophet linked this sinful act with leading to hell! Hence one can easily conclude the grave sin of lying, and why it should not be done, and rather why one should be truthful.