In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Qstn: What is the ruling on lies that will never harm anyone?
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Lying is haraam in all cases, expect those which are exempted by the Lawgiver, and what is mentioned here is not one of those cases, because of the general meaning of the evidence, such as the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"O you who believe! Fear Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)" [al-Tawbah 9:119].
In al-Saheehayn and elsewhere it is narrated that 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "I urge you to be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man will continue to be truthful and seek to speak the truth until he is recorded with Allaah as speaker of truth (siddeeq). And beware of lying, for lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hell; a man will continue to tell lies until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar."
And it was narrated that 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood also said: Lying is not appropriate whether in earnest or in jest. Recite if you wish (interpretation of the meaning): "O you who believe! Fear Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)" [al-Tawbah 9:119]. Then he said: Do you find any concession allowing that to anyone?
And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.
Al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah li'l-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wa'l-Ifta' (26/51).
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