Do Not Invite The Wrath Of God
The meaning of breach of trust is the betrayal of trust and responsibility given to a person or organisation who have been tasked to hold, administer or execute the trust given.
A breach of trust occurs when a person entrusted with the responsibility abuses the responsibility given for the benefit of himself, family members or anyone related.
Trust encompasses everything in life. Among them is trust in executing the duties and responsibilities of managing a business.
Therefore, it is obligatory for the person to carry out the trust. Remember the warning of Allah SWT in Surah al-Anfal verse 27: “O you who have believed, do not betray Allah and the Messenger or betray your trusts while you know [the consequence].”
Let us reflect upon the story of Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz Rahimahullah who was famous for his trustworthiness in every task he performed in order to receive the graces of Allah SWT and His blessings.
One night, Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz Rahimahullah was approached by an envoy from an area under his rule. He greeted the envoy politely and brought the man to sit near him. He then lit a large candle that illuminated the place.
After that, he said to the messenger; "Tell us about the affairs of your state, the market price of goods, the condition of the children of Muhajirin and Ansar (the followers of Rasulullah SAW and the local inhabitants), the travellers and the poor."
The messenger then told him everything he knew about the affairs of his state administration. When he finished answering all the questions, he looked at the caliph and asked; "O, Amirul Mukminin, how are you?"
Caliph Umar walked towards the big candle and extinguished it. After that, he called his manservant and asked him to bring a small candle to use in replace of the large candle.
Seeing the act of the Caliph, the messenger was surprised and asked him; "O, Amirul Mukminin, why did you remove the big candle when I asked about you?"
He replied; "The big candles are the properties of Allah SWT and the properties of the Muslims; therefore, they should be used to manage their affairs.
If you enquire about myself, then the candle that was bought through the property of the Muslims was extinguished and I will light my own candle. "
So great was the example shown by this Muslim leader in matters which we may consider small and trivial, but is carried by him with full trustworthiness and honesty. This is the sort of characteristic which will invoke blessings in everything that we do.
Today, news relating to breach of trust are abound in the mass media. Arrests and investigations are reported to be conducted by the authorities every now and then.
It is true what Rasulullah SAW stated about the end of days, through a hadith recorded by Al-Bukhari RHM, in a narration by Abu Hurairah RA, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: َّ Which means: "When trust is gone, then wait for the end. The person asked: How is the loss of trust, O, Rasulullah SAW? The Prophet SAW replied: If the matter is submitted not to its members, then wait for the end of time."
The character of trustworthiness is born through the strength of faith. The more fragile one's faith is, the more untruthfulness appears in one’s self.
Imam Ahmad recorded a narration by Anas bin Malik RA, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: ُWhich means: “It is not perfect the faith of one who is untrustworthy, and it is not perfect the religion of one who does not keep his promises.”
Not only would there exist a void where faith and religion should be, those who are untrustworthy and irresponsible would be nourishing the hypocritical nature within them.
Rasulullah SAW reminded us through a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah RA and recorded by Al-Bukhari RHM: Which means: “The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise, and when he is entrusted he betrays the trust.”
May Allah SWT protect us from weakness, lies, and treachery and always make us honest and trustworthy people in carrying out our duties and responsibilities as servants of Allah SWT and His vicegerents on this earth.
To end the sermon on this blessed day, let us reflect upon some of the lessons:
First: Muslims must realize that breach of trust is an act that harms the nation, scars the dignity of its citizens and plunges the offender into Hell.
Second: Those who fulfil their trust shall attain a noble standing in the sights of Allah SWT, in this world and the hereafter, with Paradise being the ultimate reward.
Third: Make ourselves persons who have strength, skill and trust to carry out our responsibilities, so that our assignments can be performed well and smoothly.
Allah SWT declared in Surah an-Nur verse 54: Which means: “Say: Obey Allah and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away - then upon him is only that [duty] with which he has been charged, and upon you is that with which you have been charged. And if you obey him, you will be [rightly] guided. And there is not upon the Messenger except the [responsibility for] clear notification."