Sirah and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Morals of the Prophet Muhammad: Truthfulness and Honesty

Morals of the Prophet Muhammad

Muhammad – SAW – is the greatest man that ever lived. Allah has chosen him among all humans to be the last of prophets and messengers.

Allah testified to him of great morals, where he said: “And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” Surah Al-Qalam.

In this article, I explain the Morals of the Prophet Muhammad: Truthfulness and Honesty: Truthfulness and Honesty.

I will include some tips to encourage your child to be honest and trustworthy in all his dealings.

The Truthfulness and Honesty of the Prophet Muhammad, SAW:

Before his mission, the Prophet, SAW, was known as “Al-Sadiq Al-Amin” (The truthful and honest), a title given only to those who have attained the highest honesty and trust levels.

The Prophet, SAW, is Truthful and Honest With Everyone, Even Enemies

His enemies and friends alike testified to the Prophet was Truthful and Honest.

The polytheists in Makkah entrusted the Prophet Muhammad to leave with him their stuff and secrets, both before and after his mission. When Allah sent him, SAW, Makkah’s people showed him enmity and war. Despite that, he continued to be moral and returned the trusts even to people who made themselves his enemies.

Testimony of Allah for the Prophet Muhammad, SAW

It suffices for the Prophet, SAW, the testimony of Allah when he said:

“And the one who has brought the truth and [they who] believed in it – those are the righteous.” Surah Al- Zumar.

Abu Jahl’s Testimony To the Prophet Muhammad, SAW

Abu Jahl was a polytheist and one of the staunchest enemies of the Prophet, SAW.

When a man asked Abu Jahl: “Is Muhammad an honest or a liar?”

“Woe to you! By God, Muhammad is telling the truth. Muhammad never lied.” Abu Jahl said.

But Abu Jahl preferred to deny the Prophet so that the merit of prophethood would not go to the Prophet’s tribe.

Abu Sufyan’s Testimony To the Prophet Muhammad, SAW

There was the dialogue between Abu Sufyan – before his conversion to Islam – with Hercules the Great of the Romans:

Hercules’ question to Abu Sufyan: «Were you accusing him of lying before he said what he said?

“No. “Abu Sufyan said.

At the end of the dialogue, Hercules said to Abu Sufyan: “I asked you: Did you accuse him of lying before he said what he said? You said no, so I knew that he would not leave lying to people and lying to God Almighty.”

The Prophet Urges Truthfulness and Honesty

The Prophet, SAW, was truthful in his words, intentions, and deeds. He commanded – SAW – his followers to be honest and to avoid lying. He said it clearly that lying is one attribute of hypocrites.

The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said, Among the signs of a hypocrite are three, even if he fasts and prays and claims to be a Muslim: when he speaks he lies, when he gives a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays.

The Prophet Muhammad, SAW, always urges Muslims to honesty in their words and deeds.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fajur (i.e., wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar.”

The Prophet Was Truthful, Even In Humor

The truthfulness characterized the Prophet Muhammad, SAW, in all his actions and words. Even in a time of fun and humor, when some people think that lying is permissible.

7 Tips to Encourage the Child to Be Truthful:

1. Teach the child that everything has a consequence. The consequence of lying is negative, while the impact of honesty is positive. If lying has any positive results, whatever they are, they merely will be temporary results.

2. Be a role model for your child. This is critical and more important than teaching. Therefore, parents and educators must be honest and completely transparent.

3. Give your child self-confidence and make him trust you. Take advantage of the situation to make him trust you more. Treat him with calmness as you explain the correct ways to act later.

4. Respect your child and listen to what he says and do not violate him with words, insults, or offensive words, just as you should not defame him and expose him among his peers and his surroundings he is a liar or something that you dislike.

5. If your child lied and you are sure of that, understand why he is lying to know the consequences of lying and avoid it. Whatever the mistake, he honestly admitted, be generous in rewarding him and then explain to him later the mistake’s harms and how to do the right thing.

6. Do not compliment him about his mistakes because of your kindness to him, so he becomes accustomed to and tolerates mistakes. If you find among his friends someone who has inappropriate behavior such as theft, lying, or cheating, then be honest with him. Teach him a lesson that Truthfulness is critical So that having undisciplined people around him does not lead him to learn bad manners.

7. Friends are a school from which your child learns many values, imitates them, and reveals his secrets to them. Parents and educators must choose the child’s friends carefully and implement what we mentioned in the previous advice to convince him of the friend who deserves to be a friend. Still, pay attention that tact must accompany honesty. Otherwise, it will harm the child instead of benefiting him.