Allah SWT says:
“O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.”
– Surah As-Saf, Verses 2-3
In this khutbah we focused on why it is important to keep our promises. It has become the norm that we say something but don’t fulfill our word although keeping our word is an integral part of our faith.
Keeping Our Word
- ON A SMALL SCALE: this can be such as when a brother shares something with another brother about what he likes, or when a sister shares her personal routine with another sister – we may not classify this as something the person would want you to keep secret, however as a Muslim, when information relates to another person, value it and keep it to yourself.
- MAINTAINING ITS VALUE: if you can’t guard and lock your tongue for a few hours from sharing with others a person’s casual day-to-day information – what strength will you have to protect more serious information? What credibility will you have amongst the people and more importantly, in front of Allah? What will be the worth of your word?
- TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BELIEVER: in surah Al-Mu’minoon, Allah SWT mentions traits that belong to the successful believer. Where the success is in attaining Jannatul Firdous and to see the Face of Allah, The Almighty. In verse 8 of this surah, Allah SWT says: “And they who are to their trusts and their promises attentive.” This is telling us that a trait that belongs to the successful people of this world is keeping their trusts and fulfilling their promises. These people put the effort to stand by their word – this is the sign of a believer.
Be Honest To Yourself
When taking any trusts both physical or verbally, ask yourself: “Is this something I can take on?” “Can I fulfil this task in the set time?” “Can I really keep these details to myself?”
Reflect on what is being asked of you then communicate effectively with the person who has offered you the task. Be honest because you’d rather make the person aware beforehand as opposed to breaking their trust later on.
Be Aware Of Your Conversations
Don’t spill information from one conversation into another. Think to yourself, “If I found out about what my friend did yesterday – I shouldn’t just throw it into the conversation with another friend who spoke about the same topic today.” In most cases – sharing this information isn’t beneficial to anyone.
We must be careful because one day we might just slip and give away information we were not supposed to.
And that’s where you may be close to breaking another person’s trust. The trust they gave you in protecting their details.
It’s in our faith, in our identity to be of those who are trustworthy. You want it to be that when non-Muslims walk by you – and all they know about you is that you are Muslim – they will say to themselves – oh this person must be trustworthy. S/he must be well mannered. But to create an image like this it requires the efforts of everyone.
Keeping our promises and holding firm to it to honour the trust that we are given by others is the beginning to the establishment of this pure image of Islam in the hearts of others.
Allah SWT says:
“Fulfill the covenant of Allah when you have taken it and do not break oaths after their confirmation while you have made Allah a witness over you. Verily, Allah knows what you do.”
– Surah Al Nahl, Verse 91