Trust is very important in our daily life. If people trust one another and if they act accordingly, they will live in peace and harmony. If we trust one another but we do not act rightfully we will create a state of anarchy, a state of confusion and a state of disturbance in society.
Allah Taa’la instructed us to put our trust in him. He demanded that we should fulfil our trust, and make sure that we deal with trust. Allah himself fulfils His promises. He commanded us to fulfil our own promises too.
Allah has instructed us to fulfil our pledges, our promises and our commitments. Anytime we make a promise, we have to fulfil it in order to be considered among the believers.
Indeed some of the characteristics of believers are that they fulfil their covenants, their promises and their agreements. In Surah Al-Mu’mineen (the believers), Allah says:
“Those who faithfully observe their trust and their covenants; and who strictly guard their prayers; these will be the heirs…”
I should point out that our beloved Prophet Muhammad was called Al-Amin: The trustworthy person. He fulfilled all his promises from his childhood until his death. He never betrayed anyone; he never lied in his life. He was the best example to mankind. We have been informed by our beloved Prophet that whoever does not fulfil his promises does not have faith and does not have religion. He said:
“There is no faith for the one who has no trust, and there is no religion for the one who does not fulfil his promises.”
In another Hadith our Prophet said that whoever does not fulfil his commitments, pledges and promises is considered to be a hypocrite.
Narrated by Abu Huraira , the Prophet said:
“Signs of a hypocrite are three: Whenever he speaks, he lies. Whenever he promises, he breaks his promises. And whenever he has been entrusted, he betrays his trust: even if he fast and prays and even if he claims he is a Muslim.”
I wish to request you kindly to observe and to fulfil your promises. Whenever you promise, try to carry out your promise perfectly and on time so that you are considered among the believers. Do not break agreements, your promises, your pledges and your contracts. Try to fulfil them as soon as possible and in the best way.
Don’t be among those who always say ‘tomorrow I’ll fulfil’ the promise as that particular ‘tomorrow’ never comes and the promise often remains unfulfilled. Let us fulfil our covenant and our pledge to Allah: Whatever we have promised Him, we should execute our promises. By doing so, we will earn His blessings, mercy and forgiveness. Ameen
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