x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Integrity as the measure of faith: sermon

This week's Friday sermon discusses the value of integrity.

ABU DHABI // Integrity is the scale on which one's faith is tested, and it led to good events in prophets' lives, today's sermon says.

"Integrity is key for trust to spread between people," it reads. Additionally, it cites the Quran: "Lo! Allah commandeth you that ye restore deposits to their owners", a demonstration of integrity.

Moreover, the Prophet Mohammed linked true faith to integrity, saying: "There is no faith in one that has no integrity."

Prophet Mohammed was described as the "honest and trustworthy", many years before the message of Islam was revealed. Moreover, his integrity was the reason why his wife Khadija, a wealthy businesswoman, proposed to him even though he was poor and younger than she.

Prophet Joseph's integrity after he interpreted the dream of the king and gave him the perfect plan to avoid a famine, was why he was assigned to be a minister to Egypt, the Quran says: "And the king said: 'Bring him unto me that I may attach him to my person.' And when he had talked with him, he said: 'Lo! Thou art today in our presence established and trusted.' He said: 'Set me over the storehouses of the land. Lo! I am a skilled custodian.'"

Integrity is not limited to giving people their rights and deposits, however. It also lies in fulfilling the responsibilities that God bestowed upon us from teaching to parenthood, the sermon says.

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