Well before he announced his Prophethood, the Prophet’s characteristic of honesty was well-known, earning him the title of As-Sadiq – the Truthful one.
Honesty is VERY important in Islam, so how do we convey its importance to children, who may possibly lie for several reasons, such as being afraid of the consequences, wanting to entertain us with exaggerated tales, or just experimenting with their concept of reality.
We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but here is another real life story to share with your children about a 7 year-old boy named Tanner Munsey. Tanner’s reputation for being honest earned him a mention in the “Scorecard” column in the July 10, 1989, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
During a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner. Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as they approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call.
“Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner. When Tanner affirmed that he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.
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With that in mind, let’s ask our children today to be extra mindful of what they say today. At the end of the day, perhaps they can make and decorate a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ with the ayah: “And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor knowingly hide the Truth.” (2:42). Here, emphasize that they are awarding it to themselves as only they and Allah know exactly how truthful they have been!
P.S. In researching this, have come across some AMAZING activities to do with children about honesty – would you be interested in doing a series on this?