The name, Al-Haqq, is one of the ninety-nine beautiful names of Allah (ta’ala) and it means “The Truth”.
Allah (ta’ala) mentions the name in the Quran, and in one place, He says: “For that is Allah, your Lord, the Truth. And what can be beyond truth except error? So how are you averted?” (Quran 10:32)
Many times when we see the names and attributes of Allah (ta’ala), what comes to your mind is the promise that whoever memorizes them will enter Jannah.
But beyond their benefit when memorized, knowing the names and their meanings serves more purposes for us as Muslims.
We know that Allah (ta’ala) is the Truth. But how do we apply this knowledge in our own lives? How do we live as servants of “The Truth” such that we are an embodiment of this attribute?
Believe that Allah is True
A Muslim is someone who believes in Allah, the five articles of faith, etc. This belief in Allah (ta’ala) also translates to a belief in the truthfulness of the existence of Allah (ta’ala), as well as a belief in His supremacy.
As a true servant of Al-Haqq, you should believe that Allah (ta’ala) exists. You should believe in all His attributes, His signs, creations, and promises. Being true servants of Al-Haqq means that we don’t lend ourselves to doubting if there is a God or not. It means that we don’t doubt those things that are in the realm of the unseen, spending our time wondering about the possibility of there not being a Day of Judgment. And it also means that we believe everything that Allah (ta’ala) has told us about Himself in the Quran and through His Messenger (SAW)
“That is because Allah is the Truth, and that what they call upon other than Him is falsehood, and because Allah is the Most High, the Grand.” (Quran 31:30)
With this, a true servant of Al-Haqq believes that Allah (ta’ala) is the only true God and that everything He has told us is true.
Whenever the Prophet (ﷺ) offered the night (Tahajjud) prayer, he used to say, “O Allah! All the Praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth. And all the Praises are for You; You are the Keeper of the Heavens and the Earth. All the Praises are for You; You are the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is therein. You are the Truth, and Your Promise is the Truth, and Your Speech is the Truth, and meeting You is the Truth, and Paradise is the Truth and Hell (Fire) is the Truth and all the prophets are the Truth and the Hour is the Truth. O Allah! I surrender to You, and believe in You, and depend upon You, and repent to You, and in Your cause I fight and with Your orders I rule. So please forgive my past and future sins and those sins which I did in secret or in public. It is You Whom I worship, None has the right to be worshipped except You .” (Bukhari)
Be Truthful in Your Affairs
The literal meaning of Haqq is “truth,” and a Muslim who wants to reflect this attribute should strive to be truthful in their own lives.
Being truthful means that you do not tell lies and you do not give false witness. It means that you do not say things the way that they haven’t happened. All of these can seem like what you would tell a toddler, but the reality is that we have gotten comfortable with lies in all the different forms that it manifests.
People tell what they regard as “small lies” just to get out of uncomfortable situations. You tell your buddy that you are on your way when you are actually just getting into the shower. Or you sell an item without letting the buyer know the hidden defects. Or distort the truth to suit your own agenda, and make promises even when you have no intention of fulfilling them.
Whatever your excuse for lying, or for not saying the truth as it should be, remember that lying is a sin and that the true servant of Al-Haqq speaks the truth no matter how uncomfortable.
“It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavours to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie leads to obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the person who keeps telling lies and endeavours to tell a lie is recorded as a liar with Allah.” (Muslim)
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Encourage Others Towards the Truth
The responsibility of speaking the truth also involves us encouraging others towards the truth. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was not only known for his truthfulness, he was also known for encouraging others to speak the truth.
Encouraging others to speak the truth means raising your children to recognize the importance of being truthful as Muslims. It means advising people when you have caught them in a lie, and it also means standing up in the face of what is not the truth.
The last option, standing up in the face of what is not true, may be the most difficult for us to do. Especially when the situation does not concern us. But it is also one of the most important. Because in our societies nowadays, many problems have occurred because of people’s lies going unchallenged.
Families have been torn apart, communities broken and people’s lives ruined because people who are not truthful have not been cautioned.
As servants of Al-Haqq, we know the truth, and we have a duty to guard it. Call people to the truth of Islam and also call them to speaking the truth in everything they say.
Do this verbally and also do it with your actions. Because when people have come to know you as a truthful person, they become endeared to you and can become influenced by your character.