Another aspect of honesty is Trustworthiness.
There is a slight difference between honesty and trustworthiness.
Honesty means not be false or untrue in what you say, while trustworthiness means fulfilling all commitments, promises and agreements.
A trust is something left in your care, to protect and not to be abused.
Being trustworthy is one of the characteristics of true Muslims.
The Arabic word for trustworthiness is Amaanah.
Amaanah is an important part of noble Islamic character.
The blessed Prophet Muhammad [s] was famous even before becoming a prophet as Al-Amiin (the Trustworthy One).
The opposite of Amaanah is Khiyaanah.
The word Khiyaanah means betrayal, that is, to fail to keep the trust or Amaanah in the way the person who left it expected or wanted.
For example if your friend leaves their pet in your care and you neglect to feed the pet, protect it from harm or return it to them when they ask for it to be returned, then you have betrayed their trust.
A trust may be an object like a pet or a bracelet, or it can be a task or responsibility given to you.
Each must be taken care of to the best of one’s ability.
Being trustworthy means caring for what has been left in your custody as if it was your own property.
A Muslim is expected to return any trust placed in his care in a condition as good, or better, than when it was given to him by the owner.
A Muslim does not use the property placed in his trust except with the permission of the owner.
Everything we have is a trust from Allah which we will be questioned about.
Our eyes, ears, tongue, hands, legs, mind, intelligence, skills and strength are all trusts.
We have to use them in the correct manner and not abuse or neglect them.
This would be breaking an important trust for which we will be punished.
Being trustworthy includes the other trusts that Allah has placed in our care, like our souls, bodies, wealth and children, as well as the earth and all of nature.
Allah created our souls and bodies for worshipping Him, and so it became a trust incumbent upon us to care for and nourish ourselves and our families in a way that allows for us to worship Him in the best possible manner.
Anyone who destroys his own life, health, wealth and children due to negligence or carelessness is being untrustworthy with the gifts that Allah has given to him. Such a person will be punished by Allah.
When Allah appointed Aadam [a] (the father of mankind) as his Khaliifah, His representative on earth, Allah made taking good care of the earth and its creatures a sacred trust incumbent upon Aadam [a] and all his children.
This includes you and me.
Therefore caring for the environment and nature are trusts, which we have to fulfill.
A Muslim fulfils his trust only to gain Allah’s pleasure and His reward.
The trusts that have been placed in our care by Allah and by people will be questioned about on the Day of Judgement.
Those who fulfil their trusts will be given Jannah as a reward.
Allah will punish those who have betrayed their trusts very severely in Jahannam.
Trustworthiness is a quality that is essential if a neighbourhood or society is to function properly.
When there is no trust among people then they cannot work together and are unable to achieve beneficial and great things.
Lack of trust between people leads to suspicion, fear and hatred for each other.
Trust between people leads to confidence, security and love for each other.
For that reason always fulfill your trusts.
Never take on a responsibility that you cannot fulfill.
If you do so you will be breaking a trust.
We have to take care of everything that has been placed in our trust, even if the trust is given to us by someone we dislike.
Trustworthiness is a characteristics of a true Muslim.
Untrustworthiness and betrayal is completely contradictory to iimaan (faith).
One cannot exist along with the other.
If you have one you will not have the other.