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Why is honesty good?

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Alsalamu AlaykumDue to approve the significance of the issue of ‘honesty’ in Islam, I would rather start my answer with a verse of the holy Quran in this regard:

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لِّيَجْزِيَ اللَّـهُ الصَّادِقِينَ بِصِدْقِهِمْ وَيُعَذِّبَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ إِن شَاءَ أَوْ يَتُوبَ عَلَيْهِمْ  إِنَّ اللَّـهَ كَانَ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا 

That Allah may reward the true for their truthfulness, and punish the hypocrites, if He wishes, or accept their repentance. Indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful. [1]

 

Honesty is one of the good deeds of human being in which comprise specific position in religion and wisdom. Islam as an approved religion by Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì for servants, invites human to refer to his nature. Pure nature of human necessitates adaptability and coordination of apparent and conscience, so that he shall express by his tongue what he positively believes in his heart.

Honesty and trustworthiness are the most distinctive features that act as excellent examples and directly relate to social relations. We can refer to Islamic narrations to know the influences of honesty in life. They have clearly expressed the effects of honesty in our life whether are in this world or in the eternal world. The following effects would be mentioned as examples;

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1- It is rescuer: Imam Ali (A.S.) said: "Honesty rescues you even if you are frightened of it, and lying destroys you even if you are secured by it".

2-It develops the work: Imam Al-Kazem (A.S.) said: "The one who lets his tongue be honest, hence he purifies his work".

3- It leads to rightness: Imam Ali (A.S.) said: "Honesty is the rightness for everything while the lying is the corruption of everything".

4- It reconciles the Prophet [PBUH]: The Prophet said: "The ones who will be reconciled to me in the Day of Resurrection are the ones who are honesty in speaking".[2]

 

5- It is a way to gain relaxation: Imam Ali (A.S.) said: “leave what lead you to be annihilated and refuge what does not lead you to that. Lying is the cause of annihilation and truthfulness is the cause of relaxation”.

For more info, you can see;

1-http://tanzil.net/#trans/en.qarai/33:24

2-http://english.almaaref.org/essaydetails.php?eid=1358&cid=170

https://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?print=13333

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