Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trustworthiness

If your colleague or friend gave you a sum of money that he is afraid to lose and you kept it with you just as you keep your own money, and later you gave it back to him once he asked for it fully and intact, then you are a trustworthy person and faithful.
Trustworthiness is an excellent characteristic and it is one of the best qualities of pious people. Allah, the Almighty, commanded His faithful Believers to give back trusts to their owners, as He Says(what means):            
{Verily! Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice.}  [Quran 4: 58]
The Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, also urged us to adopt the noble manner of trustworthiness saying:
"Pay the trust to him who deposited it with you, and do not betray the one who betrays you."[Abu Daawood]
Trustworthiness is an act of obedience to Allah and it goes in fulfillment of the instructions of the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam.
Types of trustworthiness:
The trust that Allah commands us to render back to its owner is not only related to money, but it has other forms: -
If somebody gives you anything, even if it is cheap, and he/she asks you to keep it as a trust until he/she needs it, it is a trust that must be respected and guarded.
Keeping others' secrets is also an act of trustworthiness.
If someone requests you to convey a message, then conveying it is a trust.
To testify to what you have seen exactly in a specific situation is an act of trustworthiness.
Spending time in a beneficial activity is also an act of trustworthiness. So, never waste your time doing an act that causes the Wrath of Allah.
Performing the acts of worship which Allah commanded us to do such as fasting and prayer is the most important act of trustworthiness. When we perform prayer at its designated time and complete its bowings and prostrations carefully and submissively, we are doing an act of trustworthiness.
Refraining from cheating others in buying and selling is also an act of trustworthiness. A trustworthy merchant advises the buyer and never sells goods unless he tells the truth about them. He should never hide their defects, and he should avoid all forms of cheating.
The Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "He who cheats is not of us." [Muslim]                
Being on time when you are going to meet somebody is also an act of trustworthiness. You must arrive on time and avoid being late or not showing up for the appointment.
Acquiring knowledge is a trust, and the same thing applies to teaching this knowledge with others.
The human body is a trust from Allah. We must take care of it and utilize it in actions that are beneficial.
Doing one's job properly is also an act of trustworthiness. A student should be honest as far as his lessons and homework are concerned. He should never cheat during exams and he should not allow others to cheat from him. A teacher is entrust with his students and conveying the knowledge he has to them. An employee should also be honest when doing his job and he should help others. A soldier should be honest as far as his country is concerned and he should protect it against all enemies. A mother is entrusted to take care of her house and her children. To conclude, any task a person is charged to perform whether it is beneficial to him or to others, is also an act of trustworthiness.
The Virtue of trustworthiness:
A trustworthy person is loved by Allah and His Messenger (sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam). Allah, the Almighty, prepared a great status in the Hereafter for the trustworthy person which is Al-Firdaws, the highest rank in Paradise. Allah, the Almighty Says (what means):
{Those who are faithfully true to their Trust (all the duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants. And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) prayers (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit Paradise. They shall dwell therein forever.} [Quran 23: 8-11]
Practicing trustworthiness increases confidence and stability in the society and it also fosters the spirit of love, Islamic brotherhood, and cooperation among the people.
People respect, love, trust and deal with a trustworthy person. On the contrary, they avoid dishonest people. The Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, warned us against dishonesty which leads to weak faith and hypocrisy. He, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, said:  "There are three signs of a hypocrite: when he speaks he lies, when he gives a promise he breaks the promise, and when he is entrusted he betrays." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
He, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, also said: "A dishonest person has no faith and the one who does not keep his promise has no religion." [Ahmad]
The Honest Trustworthy Person:
It is Allah, the Exalted, Who nurtured and cultivated the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. Even before Islam, the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, was known among the people of Makkah for his integrity, truthfulness, and honesty. They called him "The Trustworthy Honest Person." He was trusted by all the people of Makkah. Anyone possessing money or valuable property and was afraid that it might be stolen or lost, would deposit it with the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, because they trusted him. The Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, used to keep these deposited trusts and give them back intact to their owners whenever they asked for them. When he was severely harmed by the disbelievers, Allah permitted him to migrate to Madeenah. The Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, had many things that disbelievers and other people have entrusted him with and deposited with him. The trustworthy honest Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, did not migrate until he had entrusted his cousin, 'Ali Ibn Abu Taalib, may Allah be pleased with him, to stay in Makkah in order to return these deposits back to their owners. Thereupon, 'Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, fulfilled this mission in the best manner. Indeed, the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, was very keen on giving back the rights (the deposits) to their owners, even though the owners of these deposits were plotting and conspiring to kill him.