Wednesday, 24 March 2010

“To be honest…”

” To Be Honest”… By Xenia

We hear it every day in conversations ” To be honest I/we…”
Well to ” be honest” I always wonder why the person(s) I have the conversation with need to use this certain expression. What does it mean? Does it mean that on this instance they are honest but at others they are not?
In our days and I am sorry if  I sound negative, I am not totally surprised.
For many but Insha Allah not the majority , dishonesty, lies and the decline of all that is pure and honest is the norm…
What makes it worse is that the decline of this beautiful virtue called honesty or that total  absence of it, is not considered  by many something worth “writing home about”. But I have read that Muslims are  the Best of nations because  Allah (swt) made a statement  honoured us and said:
Holy Qur’an
Thus We have made of you a just and the best nation that you may be witnesses over mankind and the Apostle (Muhammad) will be a witness over yourselves.” (2.143)
And Honesty descended for us from the Heaven as we see in the following hadith
Narrated Hudhaifa:
Allah’s Apostle said to us,
“Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the hearts of men (faithful believers),
and then the Quran was revealed and the people read the Quran, (and learnt it from it) and also learnt it from the Sunna.”
Both Quran and Sunna strengthened their (the faithful believers’) honesty . Sahih Bukhari (Book #92, Hadith #381)
So if we read the Holy Qur’an and The Sunna of the Prophet (saw) , and we understand  implement what we read, why then we  do not remember ? Is it because  our hearts  are now so hard that the most beautiful teachings can not penetrate them?
Do we not care if we are of the people mentioned in the following hadith?
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three:
1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ).
3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest(If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)”  Sahih Bukhari  (Book #2, Hadith #32)
Some of us have the policy ” If you can not beat them join them” .
If everybody else does it, we might as well be like them otherwise we might be considered backwards, simple, naive, or we might be taken advantage of.
I am asking you: ” So???” What we should be concerned about is that  Allah (swt) watches everyone of us. He  (swt) knows Everything.
Please do not give short measures .
Not in Feelings including your love and care
Not In  Goods
Not in your Time
Following are some sayings . I hope we will all get motivated and start making the changes NOW!!!
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.
If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust.
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness.
If you plant pride, you will reap destruction.
If you plant envy, you will reap trouble.
If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation.
If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation.
If you plant greed, you will reap loss.
If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies.
If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles.
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt.
Jazak Allah Kheir for reading