- Written by Sadullah Khan
- i.Trustworthiness and Truthfulness
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Being truthful is obligatory, for truly truthfulness lead to righteousness"
The absolute cornerstone of any significant relationship is trust and truthfulness. Without trust, there is no safe foundation upon which to build a viable human bond. In the absence of trust, there is no safety, no guarantee, and without the necessary stability, sober-minded people are unlikely to invest in that relationship; and without such investment, there can be little real connection or meaningful intimacy.
When trust is broken, it is hard, and at times, impossible to repair. Many people find it difficult to trust and the lack of trust may have developed from past relationships where the trust had been broken, causing much hurt and pain leading to a fear that to trust again is setting oneself up to more hurt. We must be careful and realize that trust is a learned emotion and that we can also learn to mistrust, at times with (and sometimes without) justification. One should always begin with one’s self by remembering that a man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else. [Cardinal De Retz]; and that as soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] We would all do well to heed the words of William Shakespeare; "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."