أخرج أحمد وابن ماجة والحاكم عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم:
It was reported by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Al Hakim on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
سَيَأْتِي عَلَى النَّاسِ سَنَوَاتٌ خَدَّاعَاتٌ؛
“There will come to the people years of treachery,
يُصَدَّقُ فِيهَا الْكَاذِبُ
where the Truthful will be regarded as Liar,
وَيُكَذَّبُ فِيهَا الصَّادِقُ
and the Liar will be regarded as Truthful;
وَيُؤْتَمَنُ فِيهَا الْخَائِنُ
And Trustworthy will be regarded as Deciever,
وَيُخَوَّنُ فِيهَا الأَمِينُ
and the Deciever will be regarded as Trusworthy;
وَيَنْطِقُ فِيهَا الرُّوَيْبِضَةُ
and the Ruwaybidah will decide matters.
قِيلَ: وَمَا الرُّوَيْبِضَةُ؟
It was said: Who are the Ruwaybidah?
قَالَ: الرَّجُلُ التَّافِهُ، يتكلم فِي أَمْرِ الْعَامَّةِ ».
He said: Vile and base men who control the affairs of the people.”
Truthfulness is one of the social life basic needs, but rather is one of the great sources of happiness to individuals as well as to the nation.
Perhaps the most truthful scale for the development of a nation is the truthfulness of its individuals in sayings and actions.
It is a serious crisis from which people suffer in their dealings when they lose confidence as a result of losing truthfulness and of spreading lying among them whether in sayings, actions, and intentions.
It is not strange that all legislations stand firm to stress the importance of truthfulness and disapproving lying.
Indeed, social relationships and human dealings depend on the honor and truthfulness of words, and had it been for the confidence in words, most social links would have been cut.
It is enough to imagine a society that stands on lying to realize how much it is torn apart and to see the lack of cooperation between its individuals.
How can a society be coherent while its individuals do not deal in between with truthfulness?!
How can this society have an asset of culture, history, or civilization in the absence of truthfulness among its individuals?
How can we trust the transfer of knowledge and sciences when truthfulness is absent in the society?
How can we trust the news and narrations if truthfulness is not one of the cultural bases upon which the establishment of society stand?
How can we trust promises and covenants while truthfulness is not the basis of dealing among people?
How can we trust claims, testimonies, and proofs when truthfulness is absent and lying and slander replace it?
How can a society live prosperous when the years of deception come where balance is upside down and malice, deception, lying, and tricks spread.?
How beautiful truthfulness is when it spreads among people, families, neighbors, in homes, schools, foundations, in streets, stores, markets, anywhere, and with every person.