Hajjaaj was delivering a sermon one day and took very long to complete. Someone stood up and said to him,
"Perform the salaah, Hajjaaj because time waits for no one and you will have no excuse to offer before Allaah." Hajjaaj immediately had the man imprisoned.
The family of the man later went to Hajjaaj and asked him to release the man because he was insane. "I shall release him if he admits to being insane," Hajjaaj said.
Hajjaaj then sent for the man and asked him whether he was insane. The man truthfully replied,
"Allah forbid! I can never say that Allaah has afflicted me with such an illness when He has given me perfect health." Because of his honesty, Hajjaaj released the man.
It is because of this that our elders say that we should always speak the truth even if we are threatened with being burnt.
We must always strive to please Allaah because the most foolish person is the one who pleases others while displeasing Allah.
Allaah has placed a person's success in the truth. We should therefore always speak the truth to be successful in this world and in the Aakhirah.
Because the man in the story did not show ingratitude to Allaah, Allaah gave him honour and placed compassion in the heart of Hajjaaj.
If we obey all Allaah's commands, Allaah will place love for us into the hearts of our parents, teachers and others. In fact, Allaah will also make all the other creations love us aswell.