He Fasts And Lies: Ruling On One That Is Accustomed To Telling Lies And Effort To Overcome His Bad Habit
The Awqaf -
There is a man who is accustomed to telling lies
ever since he was a child. He is trying to overcome
this bad habit but he forgets and tells lies, then he
asks Allaah's forgiveness again. Does that have any
effect on his fasting?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Al-Bukhaari (1903, 6057) narrated that Abu Hurayrah
(may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger
of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: "Whoever does not give up false speech and
acting upon it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of
him giving up his food and drink."
The phrase "false speech" includes lying, backbiting,
spreading slander and bearing false witness, and every
kind of speech that is haraam.
Acting upon it means doing evil and immoral actions.
See Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi.
Ignorance means committing all kinds of sins. This was
the view of al-Sindi in Haashiyat Ibn Maajah.
With regard to the phrase "Allaah has no need of him
giving up his food and drink", Ibn Battaal said: This
does not mean that he is to be told to stop fasting,
rather it is a warning against false speech and the
other things mentioned along with it… this is an
indication that (his fast) is not accepted… what is
meant is that a fast that is contaminated with
falsehood is rejected and that a fast that is free of
that is aceepted.
Ibn al-‘Arabi said: This hadeeth implies that whoever
does the things mentioned here will not be rewarded
for his fast. What is meant is that the reward for
fasting cannot outweigh the sin of false speech and
the other things mentioned here.
What is meant is that all sins have an effect on the
fast and thus reduce the reward for fasting. The
reward may be cancelled out altogether if there are
too many sins.
So you have to continue to strive against yourself
until you give up this evil habit. Every time you sin
you have to repent and seek forgiveness, for the one
who repents from sin is like one who did not sin at
May Allaah help us to do that which He loves and which