Impact of Truthfulness

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Truthfulness means true thought, true words and true actions; sidq(truthfulness) is reflected in the life of a traveller on the path to God as follows: he or she does not lie or tell a falsehood, lives according to truthfulness, and strives to be a trustworthy representative of loyalty to God. In other words, he or she never deviates from truthfulness in all thoughts, words and actions and, in obedience to the Quranic command:{Be with the truthful} (At-Tawbah 9:119), always seeks truthfulness on both an individual and a social level. Truthfulness can be defined as struggling to preserve one's integrity and to avoid hypocrisy and lying, even in strained circumstances when a lie will cause release. Junayd Al-Baghdadi, one of the great early Persian Muslim mystics, says: "A loyal, truthful one changes states at least forty times a day (in order to preserve personal integrity), while a hypocrite remains the same for forty years without feeling any trouble or unease (over his or her deviation)." Truthfulness is a virtue. It is very easy and often very difficult to be truthful. Ordinarily, by truthfulness we mean speaking truth. But one should be truthful in his words, his thought and his action. If he speaks truth and does the reverse then he is not truthful. Therefore, to be truthful is' really a very difficult thing. We believe that there is reward in heaven for our noble deeds. Similarly we are given harsh punishment for our vices and miss-deeds. Truthfulness is a means of getting reward from God. God is omniscient. He observes all our actions. To be truthful is to win the favour of God. IMPACT OF TRUTHFULNESS

Truthfulness has a deep impact upon our moral character. A truthful person is trusted in every work. He is respected everywhere. Even his children enjoy the result of his virtue of truthfulness. The character of a truthful person shines like gold. Truthfulness presents a powerful...
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