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Truthful

Salam Alaykum,

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:

It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavours to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie leads to obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the person who keeps telling lies and endeavours to tell a lie is recorded as a liar with Allah.

 

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.”

 

Wa Salamm,
Abdur-Rahman

Humility

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Salam Alaykum,

This month theme as I’ve repeated myself often the last few days, without actually having written anything about it as of yet, is Being more humble. So in this first post on this topic in a similar format to the first post on thankfulness (in German) last month I’ll begin with a definition of humility.

Humbleness or Humility is the absence of any feeling of being better than others, having or showing modest or low estimate of one’s importance. In the English language we directly derive it from old French which derives it from Latin. Humilis meaning low or lowly which is taken from the word for ground, humus. In Arabic again there are many words to denote humility one is tawadaa having a similar meaning to the latin to lower one’s self or to submit. Another is  Hawna another still is Khasha’a, both of these can however also be taken negative, as in humiliation. When used to describe Muslims however they’ve always been given good qualities. So in the Quran using the word Hawna it says,

“The servants of the Lord of Mercy are those who walk humbly on the earth…” (25:63)

 I read once in an article on the virtual mosque that Humility can be divided into 3. Humility before God, humility in relation to the Religion and humility in relation to people. Over the next few weeks I will God willing write a little bit about each of these.

I’ll end this post today with something I gained from a lecture yesterday and then with a hadith. The Sheikh mentioned that Humility is the virtue that all other virtues are rooted in. From having humility you will automatically bearing in mind the definitions above be respectful in your dealings with everyone you meet. You will not think yourself as being better than anyone, therefore not being arrogant. You’ll be thankful for the blessings that you have been granted, because you are not arrogant to think, that you deserve such and such without giving any effort.

Forgiveness, Courage, Justice they all are interrelated leading to one another opening doors for you, you never thought of.

Finally a hadith,

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:

Let him be humbled, let him be humbled. It was said: Allah’s Messenger, who is he? He said. He who finds his parents in old age, either one or both of them, and does not enter Paradise.
Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman
#January – Being more thankful
#February – Being more humble