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Ibn Mas'ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
"Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to the Paradise. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is recorded with Allah as a truthful man. Falsehood leads to transgression and transgression leads to the Hell-fire. A man continues to speak falsehood till he is recorded with Allah as a liar."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This Hadith combines the origins of goodness. The believer shall receive it with his heart, and perceive it with his mind so that his conscience will find reassurance in it. There is nothing better truthfulness for it is the noblest form of faith.
Every branch of faith is relevant to the truthfulness.
Honesty, sincerity, patience, thanking… all of these noble attributes in addition to the other branches of faith are based on truthfulness.
This Hadith teaches us the unique rank of truthfulness in the hearts of believers, especially if they are the callers for Allah.
This commandment includes the educational means that instill in the noble souls all the human virtues and moral values without exception.
The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded us to stick to truthfulness in a wise method which arouses the emotions, sharpens the feelings, encourages to quickly perform the required deed.
This Hadith instructs us to: get to know the truth, seek to love from the bottom of the hearts, to stick to the truth in all words, actions and situation, with our Lord the Almighty, with ourselves and with all people, not to leave it, even if the swords are on our heads for our salvation lies in telling the truth. Do not resort to telling a lie except in the case of dire necessity. This is a proof of the soundness of your faith, the safety of your hearts, and being attached to the Lord of the Heavens and the earth.
If the Muslim is honest with Allah, with himself and with people, he may not commit a sin but out of ignorance or negligence. There is no doubt that righteousness leads to Paradise as much as one is committed to it.