The great majority of people claim that they are virtuous, have a strong
morality, do not harm others, and have no bad characteristics. Unfortunately,
the reality is somewhat different, for the vast majority of people have
some bad moral aspects that Allah has forbidden because they are displeasing
to Him. However, these aspects are not regarded as bad or ugly, because
they are widespread in the community and thus considered normal. For example,
Allah forbids gossip and even compares it to eating your dead brother's
flesh. (Surat al-Hujurat, 49:12) In spite of this, when a group of people
come together, they gossip about others. Even television programs and
magazines provide space for gossip.
In addition to gossip, Allah warns people against mocking others, miserliness,
and arrogance, and also informs us that indulging in them will be compensated
with Hell. But a large majority of people have such characteristics and
do not regard them as harmful. They think that a murderer, a thief, or
a ruthless dictator who carries out massacres is a very bad person, but
regard their own moral deficiencies, as described above, as harmless and
unimportant. The truth is that all types of immorality will receive their
just reward, according to their degree, in Allah's presence.
Lying, which is the subject of this book, is something to which people
pay little attention. They feign ignorance when others lie and regard
themselves as innocent when they do it. This is a characteristic of a
large section of humanity.
Throughout the world, large numbers of people from every social sector
lie from their early years onward for a variety of reasons: to put on
a show for others, out of pride, to make others laugh, to ensure a profit
for themselves, to protect themselves, and to slander and harm others.
Many people lie for very simple reasons or because they have gotten used
to it. However, they do not consider doing so a sign of serious immorality,
even though Allah has forbidden it and states that liars will be compensated
with Hell in the afterlife.
This book warns people against lying, which they regard as innocent or
harmless, even though it actually represents a very great danger to them,
and points out that Allah forbids lying. In addition, it discusses why
people lie, how they can give up lying and what they will gain by being
honest, the spiritual state of liars, and tactics for protection against
lies. In this way, with their tactics and methods exposed, liars will
be forced into honesty.