Islamic Date

06 Shawwal

English Date

28 May

Spreading Lies

Narrated Samura bin Jundub: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) often used to say to his companions, ‘Has anyone among you seen a dream?’ Then whoever Allah willed would tell of his dream. One day he said to us, ‘Two (angels) came to me last night and woke me up, then they said to me, ‘Let’s go!’… so we set out and came to a man who was lying flat on his back and another man standing over his head with an iron hook, and behold, he would put the hook in one side of the man's mouth and tear off that side of his face to the back (of the neck) and similarly tear his nose from front to back and his eye from front to back. Then he turned to the other side of the man's face and did just as he had done with the other side. Hardly had he completed this side when the first side was restored to its normal state. Then he went back and did that all over again. I said to my two companions, 'Subhaan Allah! Who are these two persons?' They said to me, ‘Move on, move on!' ….(Then he said, describing how the two angels explained the things that he had seen): ‘As for the man you came across, the sides of whose mouth, nostrils and eyes were being torn off from front to back, he is the symbol of the man who goes out of his house in the morning and tells so many lies that it spreads all over the world.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

In this age of false information, the media is a powerful tool of propaganda. It has proved itself to be biased and a disburser of whatever is required to support a particular foreign policy position. Not only are the people working for TV channels, movies, newspapers, magazines, etc. cautioned in this hadith, but also the common man who close-mindedly repeats whatever he/she hears. Each propagates lies that spread all over the world and do untold damage. We should desperately seek Allah's help to sift through correct information and lies.