Trustworthiness

Musa Kâzım GÜLÇÜR

Trust and confidence are two of the most famous characteristics of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, from his childhood through his later years as a Prophet. Everyone, including unbelievers, called him “Muhammad the Trustworthy.” It can be said that those who are trusted by others are assured Paradise, for the Prophet said that such a person would certainly enter Heaven.

Abu Said narrates, “God’s Messenger said, ‘If a person eats lawful, wholesome food and acts according to my example, and the people feel confident that no wrong will come to them from that individual, he or she is going to Heaven.’” Upon hearing this, a Companion said, “O Messenger of God! There are many people like that living today!” And he replied, “There will also be many in the times to come!” [Tirmidhi, Kiyama, 61, 2522.]

In this hadith we are given to understand that a person who has internalized the ethics of trustworthiness and keeping the confidence of others in their heart and soul, if this is reflected by the trust, they have won from the people around them, is among “the best of people.” As narrated by Abu Hurayra, the Messenger said one day, “Shall I not inform you of the best of you from your worst?” He said: “They became silent, so he said that three times, then a man said: ‘Of course, O Messenger of Allah! Inform us of the best among us from our worst.’ He said: ‘The best of you is the one whose goodness is hoped for, and people are safe from his evil. And the worst of you is he whose goodness is not hoped for, and people are not safe from his evil.” [Tirmidhi, Fitan, 76, 2263.]

In the following hadith we can see how critical it is in the sight of God that this trustworthiness and reliability are developed in the inner character. Abu Hurayra reports that God’s Messenger said, “Pray to God with certainty that your prayer will be accepted. Know that God does not accept the prayer of a heedless heart (which does not believe in God’s trustworthiness), nor a heart that is distracted by other matters.” [Tirmidhi, Dawat, 66, 3474.]

It bears repeating that in trade and business this principle of being trustworthy and deserving the confidence of others is particularly important. If people who are involved in business remain upright, honest and trustworthy in their dealings, this is like a guarantee of their salvation.

Abu Said al-Khudri said that the Messenger of God instructed, “Traders who do not swerve from uprightness and trustworthiness will be together with the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the righteous.” [Tirmidhi, Buyu, 4, 1209; Ibn Maja, Tijara, 1, 2139.] These four classes of people in this hadith correspond with those mentioned in the following Qur’anic verses:

Whoever obeys God and the Messenger (as they must be obeyed), those are (and in the Hereafter will be, in Paradise) in the company of those whom God has favoured (with the perfect guidance)—the Prophets, and the truthful ones (loyal to God’s cause and truthful in whatever they do and say), and the witnesses (those who see the hidden Divine truths and testify thereto with their lives), and the righteous ones (in all their deeds and sayings and dedicated to setting everything right). How excellent they are for companions! Such is the grace that is from God, and God suffices as One All-Knowing (of how great that grace is, who deserves it, and the rank of those favoured with it).” (Nisa 4:69–70)

So, an upright, trustworthy business person is like these four classes of people who are “favoured” with perfect guidance. Such people always prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling their responsibilities which can be either material or non-material such as keeping secrets that have been entrusted to them.

Translated by Jessica ÖZALP

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