19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Falsehood is Falsehood Big or Small

Asma bint Yazeed (radi Allahu anha) narrated that she once asked the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “If one of us women stated that she had no desire to have a certain thing even though she had that desire, then would it be considered a lie?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “Falsehood is written as falsehood, and a small falsehood is written as a small falsehood.” [Muslim]

There are many lies we tell in the course of a day that, unfortunately, we don’t pay much attention to. They have become standard forms of speech for us, even though they are lies.

Like a few drops of urine, are not the same as a chamber pot full of urine, but are urine nevertheless;
small lies, no matter how insignificant they may appear to be, will be noted in our record of deeds as lies and not truths.

We need to remove even the small traces of falsehood from our speech otherwise they will soon desensitize us to big lies as well.

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