If we are to be trusted, then we ought to keep our trusts, fulfill our promises and keep our words. People, who would trust us with their words or their belongings, are trusting our integrity. A good Muslim Thus, he observes his trust with dear life, and keeps his words to the best of his ability.
So, Islam urges us to keep the TRUST.
And to FULFILL our CONTRACTS.
See what Almighty God says in His book:
اِنَ الله یامُرُکُم اَن تُوءَ دُوا الاَماناتی اِلی اَهلِها وَ اِذا حَکَمتُم
بَینَ الناسِ اَن تَحکُمُوابِالعَدلِ
“VERILY GOD BIDS YOU TO PAY YOUR TRUSTS TO THEIR OWNERS AND WHEN YOU JUDGE BETWEEN MEN, JUDGE WITH JUSTICE.”
یا اَ یُهاَ الذینَ امَنُوا اَوفُوا بِالعُقُود
“O YOU WHO BELIVE! FULFILL YOUR CONTRACTS.”
اَلذینَ هُم فی صَلاتِهِم خاشِعُون وَالذینَ هُم لِاَماناتِهِم وَ عَهدِهِم راعُونk قَد اَفلَحَ المُومِنون
“PROSPEROUS ARE THE BELIVERS … WHO OBSERVE THEIR TRUSTS AND COVENANTS.”
(AL-QURAN XXIII-2, 9)
He who fulfills his promises, who sticks to his words and who can be trusted with a trust, is also the good Muslim whose purity of heart and honesty win heart of others. God observes all our actions, and sees what we do, how we feel, and how we act. He is the Merciful the Almighty, and He also will reward those who follow his words and put them into action.
God’s MESENGER, MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H) he said:
آیَةُ المُنافِقُون ثَلاث اَذا حَدَّثَ کَذَبَ وَ اذا وَعَدَ اَخلَفَ وَاذا اوتُمِنَ خان
“THE SIGNS OF A HYPOCRITE ARE THREE:
WHEN HE SPEAKS HE LIES;
AND WHEN HE MAKES A PROMISE, HE BREAKS IT;
AND WHEN HE IS CHARGED WITH A TRUST, HE DECEIVES.
See how important it is to keep the trust and how important it is to keep a promise. When we stick to saying the truth all the time, and trying to be straight forward in our action and dealings, we will naturally become very dependable.
A good example was when Prophet Muhammad was entrusted with some belongings while he was in Mecca. At a perilous moment in the history of Islam and the world, he had to leave Mecca and to live in Medina. The enemies were surrounding his house, watching and waiting for the proper moment of the crime. The crime was to attack the Prophet and murder him. The atmosphere was charged with suspense, for sure.
He was to leave in secret if he was to avoid being detected and killed. The risk was very high indeed, and it was a very sensitive moment in the history of mankind.
Even then, Muhammad the Messenger of God, wouldn’t forget about that trust, just imagine. He wouldn’t take it with him, throw it away or anything. He made sure that Ali, his cousin and ardent supporter, would return that trust safely to its owners next day. Just imagine!
It is a magnificent example of honesty; and it shows how terribly important it is to guard the trust so dearly and to deliver it safely even if your circumstances would be so perilous.
A Good Muslim Will Remember:
1. To be worthy of being trusted, to be dependable and to observe fulfilling his promises.
2. People will like him and respect him if he is trustworthy, and they may imitate his actions.
3. He can be trustworthy not only in his promises, but also in having to keep a trust with him.
4. To be trustworthy is to have a high degree of integrity.