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Chapter 18. Bearing False Witness

Allah, Most High says;

Those who witness no falsehood and if they pass by futility, they pass by it with honorable (avoidance). (AI-Furqan: 72)

And shun the word that is false. (AI-Hajj: 30)

It was narrated that,

"Bearing false witness is mentioned twice as equal as associating others with Allah (in the Quran)" [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah]

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"On the Day of Judgement, the feet of the person who bore false witness will not stir from their place before their owner is condemned to Hell.” [Ibn Majah and Hakim]

The author (may Allah have mercy on him) said that the one who bore false witness has committed many major sins among which is:

(a) lying and false allegation. Allah the Most High says,

Truly Allah guides not one who transgress and lies. (Ghafir: 28)

"The believer is created familiar with everything except treachery and lying”

(b) He oppressed the one who bore witness against him as he appropriated his property, honor and soul.

(c) He oppressed the one who bore witness for him as he brought unlawful property to him and thus made him entail the Hell-Fire."

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"If I decide in favour of a person who is not entitled to the thing, I do not allow him but a piece of fire”. [Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa'i, and Ibn Majah]

(i.e., the person receiving it will go to Hell.)

(d) He made what Allah forbids of property, blood and honor permissible.

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"Shall I tell you of the worst major sins? Worshipping others with Allah, showing disrespect to parents, giving a false statement and testifying to the truth of a falsehood." And he kept repeating it until we were telling ourselves (out of sympathy for him because of the strain of repeating it) "If only he would be silent”.

Chapters

Chapter 1

Ascribing Associates To Allah, the Most High (Shirk)

Chapter 2

Killing A Human Being

Chapter 3

Sorcery

Chapter 4

Not Performing The Prayer

Chapter 5

Not Paying Zakat

Chapter 6

Breaking One's Fast During Ramadan Without An Excuse

Chapter 7

Not Performing the Hajj when Able to

Chapter 8

Showing Disrespect to One's Parents

Chapter 9

Severing the Ties of One's Relatives

Chapter 10

Adultery

Chapter 11

Sodomy

Chapter 12

Accepting Usurious Gain

Chapter 13

Wrong Consuming An Orphan's Property

Chapter 14

Lying About The Prophet

Chapter 15

Fleeing From The Battlefield

Chapter 16

The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, The Tyrant And The Oppressor

Chapter 17

Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

Chapter 18

Bearing False Witness

Chapter 19

Drinking Alcohol

Chapter 20

Gambling (qimar)

Chapter 21

Accusing A Woman Of Adultery

Chapter 22

Misappropriating Spoils Of War, Muslim Funds Or Zakat

Chapter 23

Theft

Chapter 24

Highwaymen Who Menace The Road

Chapter 25

The Engulfing Oath

Chapter 26

Taking People's Property Through Falsehood

Chapter 27

Collecting Taxes

Chapter 28

The Consumption of Haram

Chapter 29

Suicide

Chapter 30

Telling Lies

Chapter 31

The Dishonest Judge

Chapter 32

Bribery

Chapter 33

Women Imitating Men And Vice Versa

Chapter 34

The Pimp and the one Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate

Chapter 35

Marrying Solely To Return To The Previous Husband

Chapter 36

Not Freeing Oneself Of All Traces Of Urine

Chapter 37

Showing Off In Good Work

Chapter 38

Learning Sacred Knowledge For The Sake Of This World, Or Concealing It

Chapter 39

Breach of Trust

Chapter 40

Reminding Recipients of Ones Charity To Them

Chapter 41

Disbelieving In Destiny (qadar)

Chapter 42

Listening To People's Private Conversations

Chapter 43

The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity Between People

Chapter 44

Cursing Others

Chapter 45

Breaking Promises or Pledges

Chapter 46

Believing Fortune Tellers And Astrologers

Chapter 47

Wife Rebelling Against Her Husband

Chapter 48

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