Not To Tell Lies

The gravest sin in Islam religion is to be a liar and to tell lies. Islam severely prohibited telling lies except in two situations because telling lies is the source of all the wickedness and the worst quality that degrades people and society.

Telling lies causes immorality and makes the person who tells lies ugly and degraded. A liar gradually loses his personality and becomes a hypocrite. A hypocrite nation has died while living on the earth and it has lost its presence. The worst of all is to be addicted to tell lies.

“A liar’s candle only burns till bedtime (a lie has only a short life)”. Once a person is known as a liar, he is not trusted, believed and liked anymore and he is excluded from the society and not respected and loved anywhere.

God forbid telling lies saying in the Koran:

“Lime tekulune mala tef’alun-Do not profess what you never do!” (Al-Saff, 2)

Therefore, God opposes to telling what you have not done or to showing what is not done as it is done.

Telling lies is the source of all the wickedness. Islam is not in accordance with being a liar. God says:“Ülaikehümüssadikun- Such are those who are righteous.” (Al-Hujurat, 15)

Telling lies is permitted in two cases: Firstly, in a war; secondly in a family- to protect the family. There are harmless, white lies but there are some other lies that are told intentionally, purposely because of fear or advantage. Lies that are told purposely and for the benefit of a person are not forgiven. Giving a false testimony is directly damned. God curses on him. (1)

It is very dangerous to swear on lies and this makes God angry. The greatest oath is to say: “Vallah” because“Vallah” means “I swear in the name of God”.

In the Koran, God cursed on the liars (denials), but they are not the ones who tell lies. The liar people God cursed are those who deny the Prophets, the religion of God, the revelation, the Holy Books. They say that the religion is a lie, the prophets are telling lies and they are not getting any revelations from God. They do not believe in the truth.

“Fema yükezzibuke ba’du biddin-After the religion has come, how can they deny you? O Muhammad!” (Al-Tin, 7)

It is clearly understood from the above verse that the liars whom Allah cursed are not ordinary liars but they are the people who deny religion.


God and His Apostle (a.s.v.) commanded to struggle against carnal self. God explained that self is an evil thing saying:

“Vema öberriü nefsi innennefse leemmaratin bissui-Do not think that your self is free from sin; man’s self is certainly prone to evil.” (Joseph, 53)

Self (nafs) is a low, wicked, non-material creature that gathered all the fleshly desires and that is given man by God. It is between two left ribs, just like hot, black smoke. It is represented by the wolf among the wild animals. It represents a coward, treacherous violent power which does not know what is forbidden and what is permitted and attacks especially the weak people.

God orders to struggle against self in various verses of the Koran:

“Vecahidu biemvaliküm ve enfüsiküm! - Fight against yourself and your wealth!” (Al-Tawba, 41)

“Vemen cahede feinnema yücahidu linefsihi - He who wants fight should fight against his self.” (Al-Anqabut, 6) (3)

Yunus Emre intended to tell how cruel and strong the self is saying:

“It is a monster with a thousand of heads,

It has a thousand of mouths on each head,

Each morsel of it is Adam!”

He who does not obey his fleshly desires (soul’ vagaries) meets his Lord eventually.

In the inner world, “the wolf of self” and “the ram of ziqr” are constantly fighting.

The spirit of a person, who worships a lot, resist against the wolf of self like a strong ram and he knocks it down and even kills it as it becomes a very strong ram and the horns of it become very big and he divides it into parts when he hits it.

In the inner world there are powers called as “the son of self” and “the son of dhiqr”.

The son of dhiqr knocks down the son of self and the son of self becomes small like a child. When a follower of God stops his dhiqr (remembrance) for a while, the son of self becomes alive again and suddenly turns back to his former state and starts to attack.

        The Follower of God finally beats his self through remembrance (dhiqr). This struggle continues and he acquires the divine manifestation at the end. This is **“to die before you die”**. (3)

(1) See the Koran: Furqan-72 , Baqarah-283, Al-Nisa-135, Maidah-8

(2) or “Whoever fights, fights for his own benefit.”

(3) Our Exalted Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “Die before you die” (Ajluni, Kashf’ul Hafa, vol. 2, p. 402, Beirut-1932)