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All divine religions prohibit perjury

In fact, all divine religions prohibit perjury. We observe that the prohibition of perjury is one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. In the Old Testament, we read: “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16)

The New Testament tells us that Jesus prohibited perjury among other sins. In the New Testament, we read the following verse: “He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness.’” (Matthew 19:18)

The Qur’an orders Muslims to avoid perjury. In the Qur’an, we read the following verse:

…therefore avoid the uncleanness of the idols and avoid false words.(Al-Hajj 22:30)

According to the Qur’an, one of the qualities of the true servants of Allah is that they do not testify to falsehood. In the Qur’an, we read the following verses:

And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace…….and [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity. (Al-Furqan 25:63-72)

Prophet Muhammad considered perjury one of the most major sins. Abu Bakrah Nufai` bin Al-Harith reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the major sins?” The Messenger of Allah asked this question thrice. People said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” He said, “Ascribing partners to Allah, and to be undutiful to your parents”. The Messenger of Allah sat up from his reclining position and said, “And I warn you against giving forged statement and a false testimony; I warn you against giving forged statement and a false testimony.” The Messenger of Allah kept repeating that warning till we wished he would stop. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Prophet Muhammad also indicated that perjury renders fasting valueless. He once said: “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah has no need that he should leave his food and drink.” (Al-Bukhari)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- Sahih Muslim

4- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Though perjury may seem a minor sin in the sight of many people, the Abrahamic religions sternly warn against it

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