World Religions

World Faiths – Lying and deceit

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Symbol of Islam: Crescent Moon and StarO ye who believe! Why do you say what you do not do? Most hateful is it in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.

Islam, the Holy Qur’an, 61:3-4

Symbol of Islam: Crescent Moon and StarThere are three signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust.

Islam, Saying of the Holy Prophet (sa), Riyad al-Salihin, Hadith 199

Symbol of Islam: Crescent Moon and StarIn reality, until a person abandons lies, he cannot become pure. Worthless materialists believe that they cannot survive without lies. However, this is an absurdity. If one cannot survive with truth, then lies definitely cannot sustain a person either.

Islam, Saying of the Promised Messiah (as), Malfuzat – Vol. II, p. 82

Symbol of Judaism: The Star of DavidLying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight.

Judaism, the Tanakh, Proverbs 12:22

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another.

Christianity, The Bible, Ephesians 4:25

Symbol of Buddhism: Dharmachakra, the eight-spoked wheelThere is no evil that cannot be done by the liar, who has transgressed the one law of truthfulness and who is indifferent to the world beyond.

Buddhism, Dhammapada 176

Dishonesty in business or the uttering of lies causes inner sorrow.

Sikhism, Adi Granth, Maru Solahe, M. 3, p. 1062

Symbol of Hinduism: AumAll things are determined by speech; speech is their root, and from speech they proceed. Therefore he who is dishonest with respect to speech is dishonest in everything.

Hinduism, Laws of Manu 4.256

Do not assert with your mouth what your heart denies.

Taoism, Tract of the Quiet Way