Be honest - even when joking, says sermon



Honesty connects believers to the doors of heaven, worshippers will be told in Friday's sermon.

Muslims across the country will be reminded of the importance of being honest and the reward it brings from Allah.

"Lying and faith cannot be together in the heart of a believer," the sermon reads, citing the Quranic verse from Surat An-Nahl: "Only they invent falsehood who believe not Allah's revelations, and [only] they are the liars."

The sermon cites God's words that nothing will help the worshipper on the day of judgment except honesty. "Honesty will win you the love of God almighty," it says.

Honesty should be shown in speech and deeds, according to the sermon.

Muslims will be reminded that they should not lie, even when joking.

"Prophet Mohammed joked, but said nothing but the truth," the sermon says, citing a Hadith recited by the Prophet: "I guarantee ... [there is a] house in the middle of heaven for whoever abandoned lying, even when joking."

Muslims need to be honest in all their actions, in public and private, says the sermon.

In the second segment of the sermon, imams will remind worshippers that honesty also entails asking Allah for forgiveness.

The sermon cites a Quranic verse from Surat At-Tahrim: "O ye who believe!

"Turn unto Allah in sincere repentance."

The sermon adds that "sincere" repentance means "honest" repentance.

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WHY AAYAN IS 'PERFECT EXAMPLE'

David White might be new to the country, but he has clearly already built up an affinity with the place.

After the UAE shocked Pakistan in the semi-final of the Under 19 Asia Cup last month, White was hugged on the field by Aayan Khan, the team’s captain.

White suggests that was more a sign of Aayan’s amiability than anything else. But he believes the young all-rounder, who was part of the winning Gulf Giants team last year, is just the sort of player the country should be seeking to produce via the ILT20.

“He is a delightful young man,” White said. “He played in the competition last year at 17, and look at his development from there till now, and where he is representing the UAE.

“He was influential in the U19 team which beat Pakistan. He is the perfect example of what we are all trying to achieve here.

“It is about the development of players who are going to represent the UAE and go on to help make UAE a force in world cricket.” 

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