Be careful about making Promises by Prof. Sabitu Olagoke
The world will know peace and humanity will no longer be at war when we put into practice our knowledge about respect for the fundamental human rights, of others including women's rights, fulfillment of promises, walking the talk of the oath taken in the transaction as well as the assumption of responsibilities and finally, when we stand by the covenant we made most especially with God the almighty.
We, therefore need to be careful when making promises.
The Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 5: 1-5 warns us against the breaking of promises. ''
1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.''
In the same manner, the Holy Quran warns vehemently, most especially on the issue of the covenant which must be made on the basis of goodness only. The Holy Quran 16: 91 refers, ''Fulfill the covenant of Allah when ye have entered into it and break not your oath after ye have confirmed them: Indeed ye have made Allah your surety; for Allah knoweth all the ye do.''
Our good disposition towards others is what our creator demands.
The Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 5: 5- 7, '' 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou, God.''
The Holy Quran, therefore, admonishes us in 16: 90 to be responsible in contributions to the growth and development of the people and the society as well.
''Allah commands justice, the doing of good and giving to kith and kin and He forbids all indecent deeds, evil and rebellion: He instructs you that ye may receive admonition.''
Remember that knowledge without the fear of God is empty, life without wisdom is meaningless and a system is driven without the divine instinct would be stagnant. All these qualities and virtues were expected to be worked on to be able to have exemplary lifestyles. Be wise.