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Concept of Trust and Ethical Islamic Perspective of Breach of Trust Address the Essence of Christianity, Hinduism and Other Faiths

By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam

10 July 2021

Breach of Trust Is Breaking Of Humanitarian Ethics Advocated By Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism and All Other Faiths

Main Points:

1.    Those who do not live within the parameters of trust are the ones who are among the losers.

2.    It is the trust that has to hold the social ethics and the parameters of social essence that carries the society as a well-knit family.

3.    In trust we have peace, love, compassion, brotherhood and prosperity for humanity.


The world is running on the axis of trust (اعتماد). It is the trust that has to hold the social ethics and the parameters of social essence that carries the society as a well-knit family, once it is broken the world will reach the lowest ebb of peace, humility and brotherhood. All of us are related to each other as brothers and sisters because we trust each other to be our source of empowerment, in one way or the other. We receive our religious and social empowerment because of being spiritually united based on trust.

Trust deficit among families all over the world has brought the family’s religious and social traditions to their knees. The joint family system, a spring of spiritual teachings and a cluster of trustworthy people used to be an umbrella of safety and security for the women and kids is now lost in the debris of breach of trust. The breach of trust among the people creates a bridge that is almost impossible to bridge.


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Breach of Trust Is Breaking Of Humanitarian Ethics Advocated By Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism and All Other Faiths

We are divided into nations and communities but are spiritually closer to each other.  Religiously speaking all the men and women are children of the same parentage, Hazrat Adam (AS) and Bibi Hawwa (RA). Thus human DNA of trust among us all is the same. Intrust, we have peace, love, compassion, brotherhood and prosperity for humanity.

Those who do not live within the parameters of trust are the ones who are among the losers. Breaking trust is breaking humanitarian ethics. As Abraham Lincoln said,' cannot fool all the people all the time' hence it is proved that you cannot break the trust of everyone or anyone all the time.  Through this logic, it can easily be said that, once someone is known as ‘untrustworthy’ he will lose trust for life. God, the Almighty has sent us as His ‘trustee’ on earth to propagate His Oneness and all other holy divine wisdom among His people so that His world could be an abode of peace and tranquillity. If we do not do this, it will be like a breach of trust that asks for great punishment on the Day of Judgment. Allah, the Most Gracious says in the Holy Quran:

 “Verily, Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due…” (An-Nisa:  58)

“Indeed, He is Knowing of that within breasts. (Surah Hud: 5

Time has come for the world spiritual societies to come together, irrespective of their religious following and save the world by creating a scene of trust and reliance among the people. It is not a question of a follower of religion not trusting the followers of another religion. It is in general that people have fallen prey to trust deficits and have consequently lost peace of mind and a sense of social security. If the trend continued for a while, it may reach a point of no return.

The breach of trust is one of the most despising acts in front of God and His messenger Prophet Muhammad Pbuh. Allah, the Most Gracious has reminded people not to breach a trust for it is one of those acts that He denounces in the harshest ways and announces a punishment of hell-fire. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

So that Allah will punish hypocrite men and women and polytheistic men and women.... (Al-Ahzab-73) - Dr Mustafa Khattab

Breach of trust is a sign of hypocrisy says the Holy Prophet according to a narration by (Abu Hurairah and Ibn Umar (RA), '“Give him an Amanah (الأمانة) and he will do Khiyanah (خيانه).” - Al-Bukhari and Muslim'.

'Amanah' means 'upholding a trust' and 'Khiyanah' means 'betrayal'. This is a true sign of a hypocrite. They never stay with their words (promise). This is the betrayal of the trust both in the political and social sphere of life as well as by the self-declared religious Gurus of all the religions that man is roaming around, heartbroken and depressed unable to decide the righteous path that takes a person to the world of social milieu laced in humility, brotherhood and trust. Allah, the Most Gracious promises success in the Holy Quran for them who keep their trust intact. He says in the Holy Quran:

- and (success is attained) by those who honestly look after their trusts and covenant, (Surah Al-Mu'minun: 8) — Mufti Taqi Usmani

The same feeling that the above mentioned Ayat generates is exhibited by the following Guru Granth Sahib verse:

How can betrayal hurt when You protect me? - SGGS Page 711

Humanity carries peace, humility and brotherhood. Let us follow what the religious epics of all the religions say and create a humanity that is based on trust.

Quranic Ayaat on Hypocrisy and Untrustworthiness

“...and he who eats unfaithfully shall bring that in respect of which he has acted unfaithfully on the Day of Resurrection; then every soul be paid fully what it has earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly. Is then he who follows the pleasure of Allah like him who has made himself deserving of displeasure from Allah, and his abode is hell; and it is an evil destination.” (Surah Ali-‘Imran 3:161-162)

“Allah sets forth an example to those who disbelieve, the wife of Nuh and the wife of Lut: they were both under two of Our righteous servants, but they acted treacherously towards them so they availed them naught against Allah, and it was said: Enter both the fire with those who enter.” (Surah at-Tahrim 66:10)

“… Surely Allah does not love the treacherous.” (Surah al-Anfal: 58)

“O you who believe! Be not unfaithful to Allah and the Apostle, nor be unfaithful to your trusts while you know.” (Surah al-Anfal 8:27)

“…but if one of you trusts another, then he who is trusted should deliver his trusts, and let him be careful (of his duty to) Allah, his Lord...” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:283)

We indeed offered the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused it and were afraid of it – and man accepted it; indeed he is one who puts himself into hardship, is extremely unwise. (Al-Ahzab-72)  - Ahmed Raza Khan

So that Allah will punish hypocrite men and women and polytheistic men and women.... (Al-Ahzab-73) - Dr Mustafa Khattab

Breach of Trust Denounced In the Prophetic Traditions

Abu Umama Baahli relates that the Apostle of God said: “There is a place for any habit in the nature of a true Believer except falsehood and breach of faith.” – Musnad-i-Ahmad and Baihaqi

Sufyan bin Aseed Hazrami related to us that he heard it directly from the lips of the Apostle of God that: “A most serious form of betrayal of faith is that you tell a lie to a brother while he believes that you are truthful in what you say.” – Abu Dawood

It is related by Abu Hurairah that the Apostle of God said: “The signs of a hypocrite are three: When he speaks, he is false; when he promises, he fails; and, when he is rusted, he betrays.” – Bukhari and Muslim

..... One who does not keep his pledge is not a Muslim. - (Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tabarani, and al-Bayhaqi)

The Holy Prophet (S) says: “One who embezzles a property in his charge and does not deliver it to its owner and dies in such a condition, then he does not die in my community (he does not die a Muslim). When such a person meets Allah, He shall be infuriated with him. And one who purchases an embezzled property knowing that it is embezzled is just like the (actual) embezzler.” (Wasa’il ul-Shia)

“And it will be ordered to throw him in the fire; he will remain in the deep pit of Hell forever.”  (Wasa’il ul-Shia)

 “If one is Muslim, he must not practice deceit and defalcation. For I have heard from Jibril that deceit and cheating belong to hell.” (Prophet Muhammad Pbuh)

Then he (S) continued, “One who cheats a Muslim is not from us, and one who embezzles the believers is (also) not from us.”  (Wasa’il ul-Shia)

“There is a lady in Madinah, with whom people leave their daughters for training (and education). We have observed that she could maintain herself with so less, but we have never known her to have any financial problem.”

Imam Sadiq (AS.) remarked, “It is because she is truthful and trustworthy. These two qualities increase sustenance.”6

“Do not be deceived by the prolonged Sajda and Ruku’ of a man, they may be a part of his habits (that he could not avoid). See his truth and trustworthiness.” (Imam Sadiq (AS.)

Teachings of Christianity on the Breach of Trust

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray … (Matthew 26:14–16)

Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? (Matthew 27:3–5)

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbour in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbour or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby... (Leviticus 6:1-30)

“If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving a neighbour about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbour, (Leviticus 6:2-7)

Sikhism on the Result of Breach of Trust

The faces of slanderers turn black and they are tossed in hell - SGGS Page 755

It is not good to slander anyone; the foolish and misguided engage in it. - SGGS Page 755

Speak only that which will bring you Honour.” – Guru Nanak

Teachings of Hinduism on Trust and Hypocrisy

O Parth, the qualities of those who possess a demoniac nature are hypocrisy, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, and ignorance. - BG 16.4

 Those who restrain the external organs of action, while continuing to dwell on sense objects in the mind, certainly delude themselves and are to be called hypocrites. - BG 3.6

“It is better to live your destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.” ― Anonymous, the Bhagavad Gita

“Hell has three gates: lust, anger and greed.” ― Anonymous, the Bhagavad Gita

“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.” ― Ved Vyasa, the Bhagavad Gita

Thoughts of the Scholars on the Breach of Trust

Its funny how one person can make you never trust anybody... - Unknown

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved. George MacDonald

Trust is like a mirror and once you feel a scar in it, it will never be the same again.  - Anurag Prakash Ray

The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. ... Allyson Felix

The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. Stephen King

There is no greater breach of the public trust than knowingly misleading the country into war. In a democracy, we simply cannot tolerate the abuse of this trust by the government. - Senator John Kerry

With Berlin, I was able to set up a fortress that he could come near but not breach.  - Vladimir Kramnik

The last two of the sayings of the scholars mentioned above are the mirror of the present-day political world. Barring a few authoritarian and dictatorship regimes, the whole world is run on democracy and democracy is settled on the foundation of trust, trust between the government of the day and the people. This trust is being broken at will without blinking an eyelid and without taking into account the consequences it may create.

Trust deficit and breach of trust habit will have to be arrested for the betterment of the society we are living and will leave for the coming generations. The world should come together to fight this menace called the breach of trust.

And Allah Knows the Best.


Arman Neyazi is a columnist with


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