إن شر الناس ذو الوجهين الذي يأتي هؤلاء بوجه وهؤلاء بوجه
Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, “Surely the worst of the people is the two faced person, who comes with one group with one face and to others with another face.” (Saheeh Muslim)
One of the realms in which two faced people are plentiful is in the political world. The two faced politicians come to one group promising certain things when they feel that the majority sentiment is a certain direction. The same politicians will then go to another group with a watered down version of what they’ve said before or apologetically dismiss their previous positions.
During this election season, the two faces are in abundance. “We must fight them wherever they are including Iraq…I was never in favor of invading Iraq…” “I truly believe that Islam is a religion of peace…We have a war against the Radical Islamic Jihadis, who dominate the Middle East…” “I’m for limited government and cutting spending…I’m in favor of increasing defense spending, increasing Coast Guard and Border Patrol at the borders, and having a National I.D. including the bureaucracy to sustain it…”
Unfortunately, the a large percentage of the public, who are like sheep, support such two faced people knowing that their not being candid, but people like hearing what makes them feel good or agrees with their sensitivities.
The candidates that represent their true sentiments are normally labeled as extreme to the right or extreme to the left and never win the larger elections. Two such candidates are in the election hunt now with very low percentage points in the polls within both major parties.
If you’re straight with people from the beginning, there will be no need to put up two faces and get caught in lies like the one that the former President was just caught in. The Islamic position is to “speak a straight word” as the Qur’an states.
And surely G’d knows best.