Verses of Quran on Dishonesty and Ahadeeth on Good Morale

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Hira Noor

IQRA UNIVERSITY (IUGC), Karachi, Pakistan


Dishonesty means an act of cheating, stealing, or untruthfulness. The Holy Quran deals with various forms of dishonesty in separate ayahs. Three of the ayahs related to different types of dishonesty are as follows:

i) Dishonesty as bribery:
“And eat not up your property among yourselves in vanity, nor seek by it to gain the hearing of the judges that ye may knowingly devour a portion of the property of others wrongfully.” Explanation: In this ayah Allah forbids all Muslims from bribery which are mostly given to the people in an authority to have the work done easily. Allah orders not only to save our own money but also not to let greedy rich people know about the property of our fellowmen. Dishonesty or bribery in any form whether giving false evidence in a trial or telling lies all are haram.

ii) Dishonesty in fidelity (Amanah):
“O ye who believe ! Betray not Allah and His messenger, nor knowingly betray your trusts.” Explanation : In this ayah betraying Allah and His messenger means to change or fabricate the ayahs of the Holy Quran and ahadeeth to deceit Muslims to spread fasad among them or accepting Islam for their own benefits i.e. to harm His madhab. Allah also binds all Muslims to return the things or property of their fellowmen as they have trusted u so it is our duty to return their trust.

iii) Dishonesty in dealings:
“Fill the measure when ye measure, and weigh with a right balance; that is meet, and better in the end.” Explanation: Allah is pointing towards dishonesty in business or trade. He asks Muslims to measure correctly and while weighting, place the balance at a leveled surface so that it measures right. This is good for Muslims in the world as they will prosper by the grace of almighty Allah and they shall also be awarded in the hereafter.

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