Rasoolullah (S.A.W) never ever spoke a lie, not by way of a joke or in extreme circumstances. He (S.A.W) was known as Al-Ameen, As-Saadiq [The Truthful], long before Nubuwwat. Every Makkan, rich and poor, addressed him by those titles. Nabi (S.A.W) was recognised by all as Taahir [Pure].
When Nabi (S.A.W) first starting telling the Quraish about Islam, He (S.A.W) asked them: “Oh people of Quraish! If I say that from behind this mountain is an army advancing on you, will you believe me?” The Quraish answered: “Yes, of course we will believe you! We have never heard you telling a lie!”
For forty years before Nubuwwat, He (S.A.W) lived an unblemished life among them. Forty years! Nabi (S.A.W)’s parents passed away when he was still young. After He (S.A.W) was taken in by His (S.A.W)’s uncle, Abu Taalib, He (S.A.W) was engaged in numerous business dealings and every single dealing was clean and honest.
An incident worthy of mention takes place during the Battle of Badr. When Nabi (S.A.W) left Madinah Munawwarah, there was no intention of engaging in a war or in a battle. The intention when leaving Madinah Munawwarah was to go and intercept a caravan.
This is why they were not well equipped; they were not even ready to go into battle. Suddenly, it turned out that they had to face an army of 1 000 well-equipped Kuffar soldiers while they were only 313 ill-equipped men. So while these armies were getting their saffs straight and getting ready to go for battle, there were two Muslims who were totally unaware of the situation. They did not know what was going on as they were coming from the Syrian side. On their way towards Madinah Munawwarah, they walked straight into the Quraish army camp; again, not knowing that there was a war taking place there.
The Quraish captured the two Sahaaba (R.A). The two Muslims told the Quraish that they didn’t know there was a war happening here and that they have nothing to do with the war. They said that they didn’t know what was going on because they were coming from Syria. The Quraish offered them a deal. The two Sahaaba (R.A) will be released on the condition that they will not assist the Muslims in battle nor will they take part in the battle. This was agreed upon and the Kuffar released the two Muslims.
Eventually, they made it to the Muslims side and they informed Nabi (S.A.W) of what had happened. The two Sahaaba (R.A) strove to assure Nabi (S.A.W) that they are ready to take part in the battle and that they only said that so the Kuffar would release them. They further stated that this is the first battle in Islam, how could they miss it?
Bear in mind, the Muslims were few in number. They were ill-equipped, and any form of assistance would be welcome. However, Nabi (S.A.W) tells the two Sahaaba (R.A) that their word was given to the Kuffar; He (S.A.W) told them not to fight and to go back to Madinah Munawwarah. Imagine the situation- You’re going into battle with your enemies, with an army of 313 ill-equipped against 1 000 well-equipped but Nabi (S.A.W) was worried about not speaking a lie. Reiteration- Not even in extreme circumstances did Nabi (S.A.W) speak a lie.
[Incident taken from The Noble Qualities Of Nabi-E-Kareem (S.A.W) by Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat [DB]]
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