Betrayal, Lies, Deception

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قُتِلَ الْخَرّاصُونَ

Accursed are the liars!

(Surah Dhariyat: 10)

A couple of months ago I wrote a post on here about someone who had been an inspiration to many. I had mentioned that I didn’t know her personally – all that I had written was based on things that she had said on an Internet forum. From her posts there, it seemed that she had led an amazing life and had accomplished all sorts of wonderful things. And then she passed away, while she was just 19 years old.

In the end, it turned out to be nothing but a tangled web of lies and deception…

While writing that account I was astounded at some of the stuff I was typing. But I never doubted the authenticity of it all. Any slight misgivings I might have had were laid to rest by the voice recording she had made during her supposed final illness. In there she even recited a portion of the Qur’an. Never for a moment did it cross my mind that someone could do something like that while lying! Even now, I find it inconceivable and struggle to comprehend that anyone could be capable of such an act…

The scale of her deception was staggering. It was something that carried on for months and months. There was even another user on that forum who knew her personally, and that lent weight to the credibility of her story. Turns out that he was fake too – just another fictional character in her sick, elaborate scheme.

For someone to lie on such a grand scale and in such a manner is just so seriously messed up that it’s almost beyond belief. It’s not normal and I believe that this person must have some sort of mental illness. And the condition of “Munchausen by Internet” seems to be the most plausible explanation for it all. If indeed it is the case that she has a mental disorder, then I ask Allah ta’ala to cure her. But even then, I do not think that that is enough to absolve her of all blame.

The person responsible for this charade even left a comment on this blog once, so hopefully she might be reading this. If you are: then fear Allah, the One who is well aware of all that you do. (1)  Fear the Day when you will be returned to Him, for then you will be paid back for what you have earned. (2) You may have deceived many, but your deception cannot escape Him – for there is not a single word that you utter except that there is at hand one who records it. (3)

Know that you have committed a major sin and that you have transgressed the limits of Allah.

Know that lying was the most hated characteristic to the Prophet . (4)

Know that he warned that lying leads to sinfulness, and that sinfulness leads to the Hellfire. (5)

Know that he said that the one who deceives us is not one of us. (6)

Know that you have behaved in the manner of the hypocrites: for when you spoke, you lied; when you made promises, you broke them; and when you were trusted, you betrayed that trust. (7)

And that’s the worst part of it all – you betrayed the trust that people had in you.

To hurt a believer is a serious matter. But what you did – toying with the sentiments and emotions of people, and playing with their hearts – is far worse than any physical pain. So many people made such heartfelt and sincere duas for you, and so many tears were shed on your behalf. Some even recited Qur’an or gave sadaqah on your behalf. And now, all that has changed. The duas for you have become duas against you. And the care, concern and admiration people had for you has changed to loathing, anger and contempt. So what is it going to take for you to stop? Doesn’t your conscience prick you in the least? For how much longer are you going to keep this up before you desist?

Put an end to all this lying and deceit, before it comes back to haunt you. Have some remorse and regret, and repent from your sins.

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 فَمَن تَابَ مِن بَعْدِ ظُلْمِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يَتُوبُ عَلَيْهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

But whoever repents after his wrongdoing and reforms, indeed, Allah will turn to him in forgiveness. Indeed, Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Surah Ma’idah: 39)

I ask Allah ta’ala to protect us all from the evil of those who lie and seek to deceive us, Ameen.

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(1): O you who believe, fear Allah! And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah! Indeed, Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.         (Surah Hashr: 18)

(2): And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah! Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.                          (Surah Baqarah: 281)

(3): Not a word does he utter but there is a sentinel by him, ready (to note it).            (Surah Qaf: 18)

(4):  There was no characteristic more detested by the Messenger of Allah :saw: than lying. (Sunan at-Tirmidhi)

(5): Lying leads to sinfulness and sinfulness leads to the Fire; a man may continue to lie to such an extent that he is recorded as being a perpetual liar. (Sahih Muslim)

(6): Whoever deceives us is not one of us. (at-Targhib wa at-Tarhib)

(7):  The signs of a hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays that trust. (Sahih Muslim)

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3 Responses to Betrayal, Lies, Deception

  1. Dear brother, no human being is perfect. Allah created the human being in difficulty. No human being can ever know what is in the heart of person. We know others according to our perception and our perception may sometimes be faulty. In fact how we perceive others is a mirror or a reflection of our own heart. If the seeing heart is tainted, it will not be able to see properly. This person did not deceive you…she behaved according to her nature. It was your perception which led you to think of her in a different way- which ultimately deceived you. The point is… what did you learn? All trust is with Allah. People behave according to what they know and according to what they understand. May Allah lead this lady back to the truth. May Allah save us, May Allah heal you. Aimin.

  2. the middle road says:

    She lied about her own death… If that isn’t an act of deception then what is?

  3. Yes…but that is her problem. In sh’Allah she did not hurt you. So what was the lesson? Why do you think it happened?

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