Once there lived a selfish man. He loved only to own but disliked to share.
One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He visited his friend’s house and narrated how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man.
The friend’s daughter while coming from an errand found thirty gold coins and accordingly informed the father. The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him. Upon arrival of protagonist (the selfish man), he reported how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and duly handed them over.
Greed overrode the man’s honesty. After counting the coins, he claimed that ten of them were missing and accused the honest girl for stealing them. He further stated that he will recover the remaining from the girl’s father. But the father refused.
The man left with the gold coins and went to the court and revealed the matter before the judge. The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived questioned the girl how many gold coins she found. Thirty! Replied the girl.
The Judge then queried the greedy man, how many gold coins he lost? Forty replied the dishonest.
The judge proclaimed that the gold coins do not belong to him since the girl found only thirty rather than forty. The judge decreed the 30 gold coins to remain under the custody of girl until someone comes looking for it. Further the judge addressing the greedy said that if anyone reports finding of forty gold coins, he will send for him. At this point, the cheat confessed to lying but alas! His plea was ignored.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Prophet PBUH said, “A believer might commit every sin except betrayal and lying.” (Ahmed with narrators of Bukhari)
The prophet was asked, “Can a believer be a coward?”
He replied, “Yes”
He was then asked, “Can a believer be miserly?”
He replied, “Yes”
He was then asked, “Can a believer be a liar?”
“NO” he replied. (Mursal hadith from Muwatta)
Abdullah bin Amir RA said, “My mother once called me while the Messenger of ALLAH PBUH was sitting in our house. She said, come here and I will give you something.
The Messenger of ALLAH PBUH said to her, ‘what do you want to give him?’
She said, ‘I will give him some dates.’
He said to her, ‘If you were to fail to give anything to him, one act of lying would have been recorded against you.’ [Abu Dawud]