As for truthfulness (sidq), ALLAH (Exalted is He) says:
[Taubah 9:119] O People who Believe! Fear Allah, and be with the truthful.
“Be among the truthful” because the one who sits with someone is influenced for good and evil. Nature is a thief. A man copies the one he mixes with a lot, even if he is not aware of it. Tarafa said,
Do not ask about a man. Ask about his close companions.
Every man imitates his close companions.
This is the best path to travel for someone who wants to discipline himself. It is to mix with the perfect man so that his nature and good habits flow to him. The influence of actions is absolutely stronger than the influence of words.
Al-Qushayri radi allahu anhu noted, “Truthfulness is the basis of the matter and it is made perfect by it, and it is commanded.” He said, “The least truthfulness is when what is secret and what is public are the same.”
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