Question:

I have a problem of speaking lies. I have tried to stop this bad habit, but always end up falling into it again. Please tell me what I can do to stop speaking lies.

Answer:

Generally, lies are spoken by youth to impress others or to deceive their parents, teachers or any person that has some authority over them. However, lying is a serious sin, as the curse of Allah Ta‘ala is upon the liars. (Aal ‘Imraan v61)

It is reported in a hadeeth that lying is a characteristic of the hypocrite (Saheeh Bukhaari #33). In another hadeeth, it is reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Beware of lying as lying leads to wickedness, and wickedness leads to hell.” (Saheeh Muslim #6639) It is furthermore reported that when a person lies, a stench emanates from his mouth which the angels perceive, due to which they flee away to the distance of one mile. (Sunan Tirmizi #1972)

Ponder over these ahaadeeth daily for a minute or two, until such a time that the reality settles firmly in your heart.

Furthermore, keep in mind that one lie leads to another lie, until a person becomes a habitual liar and gets caught in his own lies. The embarrassment that he then faces is severe and people lose all trust and confidence in him.

In future, if you ever speak a lie, then immediately go and retract the lie. If you cannot do so immediately, then do so as soon as you can. Go to the person and tell him that you lied and regret your action. If you commit yourself to doing this, you will find it very difficult to speak a lie, and Allah Ta‘ala forbid, if it does happen, then after applying this penalty once or twice, it will completely stop insha-Allah.