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Truthfulness Leads To Righteousness

Allah ﷻ says

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا

Oh you who believe, Fear Allah and speak words of truth and justice.

يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ

He will amend for you, your deeds and forgive for you, your sins.

Ibn Kathir رحمه الله writes:
meaning, to speak in a straightforward manner, with no crookedness or distortion. He promises them that if they do that, He will reward them by making their deeds righteous, i.e., enabling them to do righteous deeds, and He will forgive them their past sins. With regard to whatever sins they may commit in the future, He will inspire them to repent from them.


سبحان الله

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man will keep speaking the truth and striving to speak the truth until he will be recorded with Allāh as a siddeeq (speaker of the truth). Lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to Hell fire. A man will keep telling lies and striving to tell lies until he is recorded with Allāh as a liar.”
[Sahih al-Bukhāri 5743, Sahih Muslim 2607]

We must always speak the truth and avoid lying, whether it is to someone else or to ourselves!
Even if the truth is against us.


Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen رحمه الله writes “For this reason, we say truthfulness is by the tongue and by the limbs. Whenever a statement exactly matches reality then it is truthfulness by the tongue, and whenever the actions of the limbs match exactly what is in the heart then it is truthfulness by the limbs.”

The fruits of this honesty with ourselves and with everyone around us is that our deeds will be purified, our sins will be forgiven and we are closer to righteousness because of it!

A person who honestly intends to repent, will acknowledge his weaknesses before Allah ﷻ even if it makes him feel most ashamed of himself,
And this will lead to him correcting himself more wholly,
But a person who isn’t truthful with himself doesn’t do this, rather he only corrects according to his whims, forgetting that Allah ﷻ sees him!

Have Taqwa! And do an honest repentance!
May Allah ﷻ forgive our shortcomings and grant us ease in both worlds.

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