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Reconciling between people is one of the best acts of worship in Islam through which a Muslim draws closer to Allah and achieves His satisfaction. It is a branch of faith and an Islamic moral code through which grudges are eliminated, hearts are purified, and flames of fitnah are extinguished. Allah Almighty said about this quality in the Qur’an:

{فَاتَّقُوا اللهَ وَأَصْلِحُوا ذَاتَ بَيْنِكُمْ{ (الأنفال:1)

{So fear Allah and amend that which is between you} (Qur’an 8:1).

Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated that reconciling between people is better than engaging in some acts of Nwafil (voluntary acts of worships), because of the great effect it has on achieving social cohesion and maintaining cooperation and love among the Muslims, he (peace be upon him) said:

["ألاَ أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِأَفْضَلَ مِنْ دَرَجَةِ الصِّيَامِ وَالصَّلاَةِ وَالصَّدَقَةِ"‏‏؟‏ قَالُوا بَلَى.‏ قَالَ: ‏"‏إِصْلاَحُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ وَفَسَادُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ الْحَالِقَةُ"].

 [“Shall I not inform you of something more excellent in degree than fasting, prayer and almsgiving (sadaqah)”? The replied:Yes, Prophet of Allah! He said: “It is putting things right between people, spoiling them is the destructive”] (Sunan Abi Dawud 4919).

In order to achieve this noble purpose, the Shari`ah has permitted lying and Najwa (holding secret conversations) on such occasions that ensure peace and harmony, and prevent disputes and disintegration among Muslims. i.e. one is permitted to tell a lie if one has to do it for reforming one's society or family or in the interest of Muslims in general. This does not come under the heading of lies that are haram(forbidden).

Allah, the Exalted, says:

}لَّا خَيْرَ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّن نَّجْوَاهُمْ إِلَّا مَنْ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوْ مَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ إِصْلَاحٍ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّهِ فَسَوْفَ نُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا{ (النساء: 114)

{No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking the pleasure of Allah - then We are going to give him a great reward}  (Qur’an 4:114).

Umm Kulthum bint `Uqbah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

[‏ليس الكذاب الذي يصلح بين الناس فينمي خيرًا، أو يقول خيرًا].

[The person who (lies) in order to conciliate between people is not considered a liar, when he conveys good or says (something) good] (Sahih al-Bukhari 2692).


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