Honesty & Sincerity
The media on this page address Islamic teachings about the importance of honesty, the importance of honest, authentic belief, and the value of fostering environments which favor honesty and sincerity, not hypocrisy.
Islam places a high value on honesty and sincerity, and strongly condemns hypocrisy.
Religious freedom is fundamentally the freedom to be honest...
...about one's deepest beliefs and conscience.
by Justin Elias Parrott
published by the Yaqeen Institute
The Prophet ﷺ said:
عَلَيْكُمْ بِالصِّدْقِ، فَإِنَّ الصِّدْقَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْبِرِّ، وَإِنَّ الْبِرَّ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ، وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَصْدُقُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الصِّدْقَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللهِ صِدِّيقًا، وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْكَذِبَ، فَإِنَّ الْكَذِبَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْفُجُورِ، وَإِنَّ الْفُجُورَ يَهْدِي إِلَى النَّارِ، وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَكْذِبُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الْكَذِبَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللهِ كَذَّابًا
"You must be truthful. Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues to be truthful and encourages honesty until he is recorded with God as truthful. And beware of falsehood. Verily, falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Hellfire. A man continues tell lies and encourages falsehood until he is recorded with God as a liar."
by Abdullah Saeed
Saeed writes, "God spoke to the Prophet Muhammad in order to move, indeed to convert, human hearts to know and believe in God. Without the possibility of conversion, without the possibility of individual practice and belief (which may at times have been at odds with wider political and religious sentiment), there could have been no believers in the message Muhammad related. Thus, authentic individual belief is at the center of the religion of Islam.
"The Quran considers belief in God, the Creator and Sustainer, to be a human good in itself and the basis for sound religion, morality, and ethics, therefore, the right to such belief should be protected by all means...
"Similarly, protecting the right to believe and practice one's faith is one of the most important functions of communities and governments. More accurately, these social structures can help remove obstacles between human beings and their authentic belief by providing opportunities for independent religious decision making without pressure form anyone. Such an environment requires religious freedom for non-Muslims living among Muslims and for Muslims themselves."
by Abdullah Saeed
"Defending freedom of expression is by no means synonymous with personally countenancing or encouraging disrespect towards others’ religious beliefs, but it does imply greater faith in the judgment of God, than of man. Beyond the daily headlines of chaos and violence, the vast majority of the world’s Muslims continue to express their admiration of Muhammad by seeking to emulate the peaceful and tolerant example of his life which they have been taught, without behaving violently in response to those who despise the Prophet, or proclaim the supremacy of their own limited understanding of the Truth.
Such Muslims live in accordance with the Qur’anic verse which states, “And the servants of (Allah) the Most Gracious are those who walk in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say ‘Peace’.” (25:63)