this month theme is be more truthful, this post is very late more than half way through the month but inshaAllah I’d like to discuss some things about it before the month ends, with Allah’s help.
Truthfulness is the quality of being truthful, which is made up of truth and the suffix -ful. Truth comes from the Old English trēowþ which in turn comes from the Proto Indo-European dru- meaning tree derived from deru meaning solid or firm. Implying truth is something set, solid, unchangeable, withstanding all kinds of weather.
In Arabic sidq can be used to denote truthfulness, it’s original meaning similar to the Proto Indo-European is one of strength and hardness. The opposite of sidq is kadhib lying or deceit. The word Haqq is also used to mean truth but specifically to an objective truth, such as the Quran and Al-Haqq is one of Allah swt. names the Absolute Truth.
In one of his books Toshihiko Izutsu, a Buddhist translator of the Quran into Japanese refers to Ibn Ishaq as an example of distinguishing between sidq and Haqq.
The Apostle of God informed the people of what they knew was truth (Haqq) and so they recognized at once his truthfulness (sidq).
Sidq is the property of truthfulness of a person and Haqq the objective truth. Furthermore sidq incorporates the intention and the reality of something being true. Therefore one cannot claim, as I understand it, to be siddiq when one thinks that something is wrong, presents it as truth and it also turns out to be truth.
Do not mix truth with falsehood, or hide the truth when you know it.
[Quran Al-Baqarah 2:42]
The inner and the outer have to be the same, that is the speech and belief, as well as the action and intention have to be truthful.
‘Abdullah ra. reported Allah’s Messenger saw. saying:
Being truthful is our duty in a world full of deceit where no one is sure of whether what we are being told is the truth indeed this is a sign of the End of Days, when “…People will distrust one who is trustworthy, and trust one who is treacherous;…”
Lastly Ibn Al-Qayyim rah. said about truthfulness:
“Truthfulness is the greatest of stations, from it sprout all the various stations of those traversing the path to Allah; and from it sprouts the upright path which if not trodden, perdition is that persons fate. Through it is the hypocrite distinguished from the believer and the inhabitant of Paradise from the denizen of Hell. It is the sword of Allah in His earth: it is not placed on anything except that it cuts it; it does not face falsehood expect that it hunts it and vanquishes it; whoever fights with it will not be defeated; and whoever speaks it, his word will be made supreme over his opponent. It is the very essence of deeds and the well spring of spiritual states, it allows the person to embark boldly into dangerous situations, and it is the door through which one enters the presence of the One possessing Majesty. It is the foundation of the building of Islam, the central pillar of the edifice of certainty and the next level in ranking after the level of prophethood.”
Here we are a bit late, my favourite videos this week with a new category “Vimeo” in addition to Islam in under and over 10 minutes, Youtube, Shortfilm, Motion Graphics and Parkour.
under 10 minutes
Over 10 minutes
Souls like conscripted soldiers
knowing, understanding one another like none other.
Connected deeply. Sincerely care for the other.
Hearts linger in their company
cry upon their revelry
Hearts up lifted as they remind each other of their Lord
I’d love to horde these moments.
These linger forever in my heart, inscribed into memory there to stay forever.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Sweet sugary stuff
Death of dietary plans
I’ll start tomorrow
إِذَا السَّمَاءُ انشَقَّتْ
When the heaven burst asunder
No amount of guilt can change the past & no amount of worrying can change the future. Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by Allah’s decree. If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee.
[Umar Ibn al-Khattab RadiyAllahu Anhu]
these are my favourite Videos of this week, as usual in the categories, Islam in over and under 10 minutes, Shortfilms, Motion Graphics, Youtube and Parkour. From next week God willing, I will add the category Vimeo to the existing sets.
under 10 minutes
over 10 minutes
There you go!
See you here next week.