Most humans consider lying to be a despicable act. To prevent them from lying, some nations have enacted laws with a view to punishing the liars. In the United States , liars are punished by imprisonment. Yet, many Americans do not hesitate to lie, if it is likely to bring them power, monetary gains and the accolades and respect of their families and societies.
Criminals of all colors, caste and creed also lie to escape punishments for their crimes; petty thieves do the same for the same reason. There are many others who, though appear to have gentle and attractive countenances, feel no qualm in using the venom of their lies, when the use of it is likely to destroy their real and perceived enemies.
The severity of lies depends on the magnitude of success that lies are expected to bring to the liars. Therefore, the world has seen a large number of both small and big liars ever since humans started walking on earth’s surface. It would continue to hold liars on its bosom until the time it disappears from the solar system of our universe.
Throughout human history liars were able not only to bring wealth, fame and power to themselves, they also succeeded in enslaving a large number of mankind by combining lies with their power of manipulation. In support of my statement, I cite a few examples of lies, which had been impacting our lives from the time humans began treating those lies, not as lies, but as truths.
When, over 3,300 years ago, some manipulative Hebrews wanted to establish their hegemony over their fellow religionists, they concocted the story of their exodus from Egypt , supposedly under the leadership of a leader, they named only Moses, together with clothing him with the garb of a prophet. They projected him as being the only human being with whom Allah (God in English) spoke in person on the summit of Mount Sinai , and gave him the Book, now called the Torah.
Some 2,000 years ago, when another group of manipulative people wished to subject the Jews to their rule, they had a virgin girl given birth to a son, who is now known as Jesus Christ. In his manhood, this son of a virgin mother, rightly claiming that he was a “Son of God,” declared that many of the things the Jews had been doing for ages were wrong and that he was sent by his Father to set them on the path of righteousness and honorable living. He wore the mantle of a religious reformer to seize power from the rabbis, and to declare himself the King of the Jews, if he succeeded with his ploy.
In the struggle for power, Jesus lost. When the powerful Jewish rabbis succeeded in securing, for him, a death sentence, which was to be carried out through crucifixion, his All-Powerful Father i.e. Allah did not intervene; instead, He permitted his son’s enemy to execute him brutally so that He could use his holy blood for the expiation of his followers’ sins.
Approximately seven hundred years after Christ’s crucifixion, an illiterate but highly intelligent man by the name of Muhammad, rose from the desert of Arabia to shackle a large number of human beings to a creed he called Islam. Since he lacked the credentials of Moses, who claimed to have talked to Allah, and of Jesus Christ, who claimed he was sired by Allah Himself, Muhammad needed something “unimaginable” to happen to him so that he could set himself above all the so-called prophets of the yore.
An amorous affair afforded him the opportunity to excel the credentials of the previous prophets: After missing the company of his wife for sometime, Muhammad was sleeping one night in the house of his cousin, who was a widow and who lived by herself. When in the morning his Companions wanted to know from him where he had been all night, he came up with the story of the night journey, which could not have been witnessed by any human being, in order to hide his whereabouts from his inquisitors.
None of Muhammad’s acolytes (known as “Companions” to his followers) believed him. To convince them, he made Allah to give him the following revelation:
17:1: “Glory to (Allah) who did take His Servant for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless, – in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things)”
His Companions, excepting Abu Bakr, remained unconvinced by the revelation, as it talked only about Muhammad’s so-called journey by night from the Mosque of Mecca to the Farthest Mosque, which, according to the verse, must have existed at an unnamed location in 620 A.D. Abu Bakr came to his rescue and declared that he believed in what he had told them about his journey, thus earning for himself the title of “Siddique” i.e. “the speaker of the truth” from his friend, the Prophet of Islam.