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Code of honesty... By Lt.Gen. (r) Malik

18 February, 2014

If we look at the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before prophethood came to him, he was given the titles of Al-Amin and As-Sadiq (honest and trustworthy) by the people of Makkah. His truth and honesty was of a gentle and non-violent kind.

He never told a lie, never cheated, always fulfilled his promises and was always helpful to the poor and orphans. But he was never boastful about it and always kept a low humble profile.

Prophethood came to him at the age of 40, and the name of the new faith given by the Almighty was Din-ul-Haq, which means 'religion of truth'. To be a true Muslim, it is therefore essential to be truthful and honest. If a Muslim adopts a code of falsehood and dishonesty, he is not a true Muslim but an imposter and a hypocrite (a Munafiq), even if he observes all the rituals regularly, grows a beard and carries the mark of piety on his forehead. This concept of the necessity of truthfulness and honesty for a Muslim should be propagated on all media until it takes a firm hold on the minds of a majority of Muslims and a code of truth and honesty is established. Once this code is established, we can quantify our problems, mark out the steps necessary and then act resolutely to overcome the problems plaguing our country, thus earning a respectable place in the comity of nations. These are my thoughts as I approach my 95th birthday, and I firmly believe this is the only way to our salvation.

Lt Gen (r) Malik Shaukat Hasan

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