The Punishment of Lying in Islam

Lying is a sin and Islam has warned strictly against it. If a person believes in Allah and the Last Day of Judgment he will not lie. Allah says in the holy Quran: “Let he who truly believes in Allah and the Last Day speak good or be silent.” It is a trick of Shaytaan to make sins look insignificant and deceive men into committing them. Lie may seem a small harmless sin but the consequences that may arise from speaking it are far greater than one might imagine.  Lying is a form hypocrisy. Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Amr al-Aas (radhi allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Whoever has the following four characteristics will be a pure hypocrite; and whoever has one of these four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up; whenever he is entrusted he betrays, whenever he speaks he tells a lie, whenever he makes a covenant he proves treacherous, and whenever he quarrels he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.”

Allah prophet has described severe punishment against the act of lying. He said: “I saw (in a dream), two men came to me. They said, ‘The person, the one whose cheek you saw being torn away (from the mouth to the ear) was a liar and used to tell lies and the people would report those lies on his authority till they spread all over the world. So he will be punished like that till the Day of Resurrection.'”[Saheeh al-Bukharee (vol. 8, no: 118)]. Lying can end a person in hell. It is strictly forbidden to lie while making jokes so that people may be amused because lying to create jokes will turn permanently into a habit. So, the Prophet (PBUH) blocked this path from the beginning because of the bad it may lead to. There are limited conditions when lying or ambiguity becomes permissible. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Lies are not appropriate except in three cases: when a man speaks to his wife to please her, telling lies at times of war, and lying in order to bring about reconciliation between people.” [Reported Hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani]

Muslims should do their best to avoid telling lies because everything we say is being recorded in our actions and that one wrong word can take us to Hell Fire. Allah says in Soorah Qaf [50: 18]: “Not a word he utters but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).”A

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