Lesson Forty Seven: Truth and Falsehood

Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:

إنَّ الْحَقَّ ثَقِيْلٌ مَرِىءٌ، وَ إنَّ الْباطِلَ حَفِيفٌ وَبِىْءٌ


Truth is heavy and difficult but pleasant, and falsehood is light and easy but painful and dangerous. 1

Brief Description

How eloquent and interesting is this one short sentence of Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) to describe truth and falsehood! Usually truth has a harsh appearance and occasionally a bitter taste but has very pleasant results. It is easily absorbed by the body and society is strengthened thereby.

On the other hand, falsehood comes easily and sometimes tastes very sweet, but its effect is fatal . It is like a delicious but poisonous food whose destructive effect on the heart, stomach, and intestines becomes manifest when it is swallowed. The poison of falsehood also destroys different organs of society.

  • 1. Bihar al-Anwar, volume 70, page 107