Commanding the Good and Forbidding Evil
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All praise is due to Allah we seek His guidance and his forgiveness and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves, and the whispering of our desires. From Allah guides, no one can misguide and whom we allow us to be misled, no one can guide and I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, Allah and having no partners, and that Muhammad Sallallahu it you're setting them as a slave and worshiper, Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran, Oh you who believe.
Fear Allah as he deserves to be feared, and do not die except in a state of Islam. And Allah says, all mankind, Fear your Lord who created you from a single soul, and made from that soul it's made, and made from their combination many men and women, so Fear your Lord whom you ask each other by and by the ties of kinship, verily, Allah is Ever Watchful over you. And Allah says, Oh, you believe, Oh, you believe fear Allah and say that which is correct, he will correct for you your deeds and forgive you your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His messenger that they are indeed victorious.
of the self righteous
is one that most of us, if not all of us, have been exposed to
the people who are always critiquing your behavior.
The people who are always critiquing your actions,
the people who always see the deficiency in your good deeds,
the people who always look at what is wrong,
and do not notice the good that you do.
And there are different terminologies that are presented
to describe them.
The people who see the Haram, and anything that a person tries to do.
And so in our culture here, they're called the Haram police,
or sometimes the police.
And they are able to notice the false
in any goodness.
And that phenomena
gave birth to an equal and opposite reaction.
And that is a culture that we are living in now. Where it has become almost impossible to correct anybody's behavior. And we walk on eggshells before we're able to point out something that a person is clearly doing that's wrong.
And we have to for all sorts of disqualifiers to let that person know that I kind of think maybe that what you're doing is not a good idea.
But in reality, I wanted in this short video to talk about an important concept that we have in this Deen rather it is one of the pillars of this religion. And that is what is called an American model for NASA and in munkar, commanding good and forbidding evil. This, this amazing pillar is not one that we can allow for any group to hijack. But it is one rather that is part and parcel with the Ohio of iman, the brotherhood of Eman Allah subhanho wa Taala he describes the greatness of this ummah. He says contemplado nothing to reject leanness. You are the best OMA okra deadliness that emerged amongst the people. Why? He says that a moron had been murdered overturned how now and he
told me no, no. Billa
Allah says you command the good and you forbid the evil and you believe in Allah Subhan
No data. You are the best OMA out of all of the nations because you are the OMA that engages. It engages and encourages people to truth. It encourages people that calls people to the Oneness of Allah subhana data the greatest truth, it forbids evil. You see every every OMA before they had prophets who lived amongst them.
When this law was passed the law it says that cannot assume will Ambia that they always had one prophet after the other.
And yet we are an ummah, that has not seen a prophet in 1400 years. Since Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam passed away, this OMA until the end of it, there's not going to be another prophet that arrives. So who then does the work of the prophets?
This OMA collectively does the work of prophets we command good and we forbid evil, and we call to Allah subhanaw taala and believe in Allah will tecoma mean Come, Uma, Allah says, Let them arrive from function OMA, that calls to goodness, yeah, their own island, hey, and we moved on a bit motto when Hona and in monka, they call to goodness, they command to on my roof. And they prohibit munkar.
They prohibit evil. So my point is, is that this is something that is established. Now, when we do this, when we look to engage
the culture has programmed people to respond in a number of different ways. So I wanted to address those responses that you might have experienced. The first response is
worry about yourself.
Worry about yourself.
Don't worry about me you worry about you.
Mind your business.
I wouldn't mind my business.
If I thought that I could mine my business, but the province will allow you to send them says in the Hadith as reported by Muslim Mara, I mean, c'mon Koran for your Yahoo via the, the whoever of you sees an evil as them changing their head.
And if they can't change it with their hand, that familiar sign, then with their tongue, and if they can't change it with their tongue,
with any COVID-19 Man, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says that is the lowest level of faith. The lowest level of faith is that if something is brought to me,
if I see something that's wrong,
not that I see something, say something. But if I see something that's wrong, and I can't say something, and I can't engage and change it with my hand, the lowest level of faith is that I hate it with my heart.
But monka evil is always supposed to be engaged and Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam says that he could admit Eema that is the lowest level of faith. So if I get to a point where I see something that's wrong, and I don't care completely, I don't care anymore. Doesn't bother me. I don't even notice it anymore. That is a heart that has been so desensitized that there might not be any faith that's left. Because Rasulullah sallallahu de Sena said, the lowest level of faith is to care.
The lowest level of faith is to be bothered. The lowest level of faith is to hate it in your heart, that you engage whether you engage in with your hand, are you engaging with your tongue? Are you engaging with your heart, and Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam he says to the Sahaba Yakama you Lucifer
beware of sitting out in the public sphere. And there was the Sahaba Yaroslav, Allah we have no place to sit other than to sit in the street. We're either in the house or in the masjid. But if you're not in your house and you're not in the masjid, then where are you going to sit? You're going to sit outside.
So the Prophet SAW Allah they said to him said Fein have a tomb, if you must sit outside,
then give the foot if it's right.
Give the trip. It's happy. It's right. And they said, Well, what is that? And Rasulullah sallallahu de Sena mentioned a number of things. Number one, he says, I do set up that you respond to people, when you're walking in the street and someone says Sit down why they come to you that you respond.
And he said a little bizarre, that you lower your gaze.
You're not looking around as every family that walks by and everybody who walks by you, you lower your gaze. Number three, he says
I'll ruin my roof. When I hear
that when something comes out to me in Islam, we have a concept we don't. Allah says, well, it just says who? I am not required to go into a person's house. In fact, not I'm not required, I'm not allowed. What you do privately on your own is your business. What you do privately in your own home, I am not allowed to go and search for what you do. That is your business. But if you bring something out to the public sphere,
if you put something online
if you put something out in public
And I, without looking for it, it's brought to me.
Now I've been commanded to engage, you're the one who brought it out.
Now don't tell me to my business after you made it my business.
So the promise of Elijah is in them says that is a write of the public sphere of public spaces is that you command good and forbid evil. And the fourth thing that he said is scuffle other,
that you protect people from your harm. If I go outside, I'm in the public sphere, I'm online. Let me protect people from my heart. Let me not harm people. Let me not show things that are vulgar to people. Let me not curse on the bus or on the train or be loud and obnoxious because that is all I'm harming people. And one of the rights of the public space is that you protect people from your harm.
But we are the best OMA because we engage. And so when someone says you mind your business worry about you, I will say I would love to my business, if you didn't make it my business if you kept it private, nobody would be asking.
But if you make it public, then it is the right of the public space. That the Prophet SAW Elijah send them enjoined on us that we challenge that behavior. You know why?
And my rufen and munkar, commanding good and forbidding evil is oftentimes described or translated as commanding, good and forbidding evil, but my roof doesn't mean good at monka doesn't mean evil.
We know that good is fair. And we know that evil is shot if I'm going to translate. So what does my roof mean? And what does munkar mean? My roof means that which is recognized and that which is known shading, my roof is something that's recognized something that's known.
And munkar is that which is unrecognized, that which is unknown. You studying grammar, Nikita and mighty for something that's definitely something that's an unknown.
And so the word, my roof actually means that which is recognizable, that which is familiar that which is mainstream. And the reason why something is my roof is because everybody does it, people encourage it, people promote it. And something that is munkar is known as munkar, it is unrecognizable, because it is something that is wrong and people suffocate it. And people don't people hide it. And people don't let it bubble up to the surface of the earth. And so the problem is, when the moon card is not challenged, when the moon card is unchecked, when the moon card is not suffocated, then the moon card can become Malph.
And we see that in many, many places in many different circumstances where the monkey out of 10 years ago or 20 years ago things that people just recognize this is wrong, that it became what
became very recognize. And now you might even be talking to your kids and you're telling them this is wrong. And they're saying you why I don't see what's I don't see what's wrong with it. What's wrong with it.
The good and evil didn't changed, but what is recognizable and that which is unrecognizable. And sometimes the mouse becomes munkar.
Sometimes that which you recognize to be good, good luck, good character, good manners, good hospitality, these things become forgotten in the next generation, and they don't even recognize what you're talking about.
And that's why the model needs to be promoted, and the monkey needs to be suffocated. And so when someone says to you just mind your business, no, no, no,
I need to recognize that there is always a social contest that is happening between these these terminologies and between these values, and I need to make sure that I am on the side of the promotion of good values. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught the Sahaba and Abu Bakr on the Allah and we stood on the mimbar and he quoted a verse that some people quote and he said, You had nothing nothing to hide then either.
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you read this verse. Some people they say Allah subhana wa Tada said, worry about yourself. Ly a guru Coleman, the lady today Tim you will not be harmed by those who are misguided if you are guided. That's what the verse says. So the verse seemingly says that if you are guided, then you don't need to worry about your brother whether he prayed issue or not. You don't need to worry about your sister. You don't need to worry about what people do.
But welcome to the law and who stood on the member and he corrected this malformed me corrected this understanding and he said no, I heard the province of Allah and he said no, I'm saying that if people see people doing wrong, and they don't stop them, then Allah Subhana Allah to Allah might encompass all of them with his punishment.
This deen is a collective Dean we pray together we fast together, even the cup we perform. It is something that the rich spend on the poor. There is a connection between all of us
and we are
We're all embedded in the righteousness of a community together. Another
argument that people present
is they say, We are all at different levels of iman, you are coming to me and you're saying that I need to do this. And I need to do this, me to do this.
But we're at different levels.
Don't expect me to be like someone who's studied. Don't expect me to be like someone who's been practicing for a long time, you don't know my journey.
The fact that we are all at different levels is true.
And that wasn't the case during the time of this habit of the alignment. But that does not negate the obligation to command good and forbid evil. All that does, is it requires me to change the tools that I use, I don't talk to my brother, like I talk to my uncle, I don't talk to someone who's a stranger, like someone who I have an incredible relationship with. I changed the tools for some people, I might be able to use a hammer. For some people, I might only have to use a screwdriver. For some people, I might have to use pliers. For some people, I have to use different things. That is part of the nuance of engaging people, you know, the famous story and has an adult who said,
well, the hola I know it has an under her saying they saw an uncle pray or he was making it wrong.
He's making it wrong.
And they're kids, they're young.
And so they can't go to this uncle and say to him, uncle, you're making Moodle wrong. You can't talk to him like you would talk to one of your friends. But you can't let him keep making will do wrong. So what do they do? They come up to me and they say, uncle
I and my brother, both are saying that we are making look better than the other. He says he makes will do better than me. And I say I make will do better than him. So why don't you judge between us? Why don't you let us know which one of us is better. And so now he says sure. They put him in a position of authority. They've made him the respected figure. And now it hasn't makes although he makes a little perfectly and uncle is watching.
And then a who said makes will do and he makes will do perfectly. And the uncle is watching. And then finally he says to them.
My nephews my sons, both of you made will do perfectly it was your uncle who did not know how to make Hulu cognitively.
It was your uncle who didn't know how to make will do correctly. But the point is, is that they changed their tools. And so when I'm dealing with different people, I have to I have to engage in a different way.
Number three, a third argument and this is very popular is don't judge me. Don't judge me. Don't judge me. Two things about that. Number one
is do not judge people every single day.
Don't judge people at work. Don't judge people at school. Don't judge aren't I judged by my professors aren't I judged by my I'm judged every single day
when someone comes to marry, or to to ask for your for your family member to get married, or you're not going to judge them. If they sat down and said to you I have no career I have no goals. I have no ambition. Don't judge me. You'd say Okay, I'm sorry, I don't want to judge you can you can marry my my daughter. No one's gonna say that we do judge. So then the question then becomes is when the judging simply in the religious sphere becomes something that's completely unacceptable. I'm supposed to be able to show you anyhow. And don't judge me you don't know what's in my heart. That's not the case.
Number one, but number two,
correcting somebody doesn't mean that you're judging them.
correcting a person doesn't mean that it's coming from,
from a place of, of ridicule or criticism or judgment. In fact, if a person is doing it correctly, then they're challenging of your action should be coming from a place of love.
And that's why you'll find and if you ask anybody, this, the people who challenge you the most, and the people who are on your back the most. And the people who are always correcting your behavior the most most people if you asked them, they'll say that's an easy one. It's my parents. They're the ones who are always nagging and nagging and nagging and nagging and telling me to do this and telling me to do that and telling me not to do this and telling me not to do that. And then the question then becomes, why is it your parents?
Because your parents love you the most.
And they want good for you the most. And they are willing to pay the price of love the most. Because the price of love is that when someone tells you something that you don't want to hear.
You get annoyed. You get frustrated. You avoid them.
You You You respond back.
You get angry
when you don't want to hear something when you don't want to hear a truth and so a lot of times people
who don't love you? They'll just tell you what you want to hear. Yes, no, no, you should follow your heart. And no, no, no, you shouldn't do that even though it's a bad decision. And even though that's haram, follow
somebody who loves you, they're not going to tell you that. Allah Subhana Allah, Allah says what they'll also be able to also be sub.
The rights of the believers that they encourage each other to goodness, they encourage each other to truthfulness, that is the price of love.
And so these responses that people make,
to us are doing and fulfilling what Allah Subhana Allah has obligated on all of us, which is the commanding and going and forbidding the evil is something that needs to be challenged and it needs to change. We ask Allah Allah to make us vehicles of good change in every community that we're in. A Buddha Master Master was up for Allah they were looking for stuff in order for him.
hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah while sending sympathy Allah, Allah Subhana Allah Allah says lutein and livina Kufa, Rome in Venice, la isla Ali sonido de 70, Miriam, that it can be Ma So what can we do? Can who lie at our home?
Allah subhanho data says that Cursed were the children of Israel, upon the tongue of David, and upon the tongue of Jesus Christ, a 70 million.
That is because of what they transgressed. And what they used to do.
Can we lie it and I don't, I'm not getting fired. They used to never stop each other from committing evil.
What an evil thing that they used to do ALLAH SubhanA dialysis, they wouldn't stop the province of Allah they send them comments on this and he said that on day one, if they saw somebody doing something haram they would say to them, yeah, hi that tequila fear Allah don't do that.
But then that guy continues to do that, which is haram. And that guy continues to be his friend. And it wouldn't used to stop him from eating with him and spending time with them. And the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said, when that happened, they became cursed on the tongue of that would la Salaam in a certain area.
And so this is something that's very, very important that a person who truly loves their brother and sister, they would not let them continue to do that, which is how long, they will continue to challenge them, they will continue to encourage them, they will continue to guide them to goodness. Now, that being said, I wanted to end the whole row with what are a couple of things that we can do. As someone who is wanting to encourage his brother and sister, what are some of the things that I can do to make my dad or my correction more acceptable. And I want to end with a few things. Number one, the first thing is sincerity. The first thing is if loss. If I am sincere
that all I will care about is my brother or sisters behavior being corrected.
Meaning I remove my ego from the process. All I care about is that my brother stops drinking, that's all I care about. I don't care about whether he hears it from me, or whether he hears it from somebody else. And if that's all I care about, then I will seek out the best way for him to receive this advice. Maybe my brother never listens to me. I'm the younger brother. He never listens to anything that I say. So you know what, it's not about me. It's about him. And so I'm gonna go and I'm going to talk to
his best friend, somebody that he listens to. Or I'm going to send him a message or a clip or a video from somebody that he respects.
I care about him submitting to the truth, even if that truth is not spoken on my tongue.
Sincerity is the first and if a person is sincere, then they're wanting to seek out the best way to affect this individual. Whether that's your family member or whether that's your friend or whether that's your spouse, whoever it is.
And number two is yes to be gentle.
A man came to have another sheet and he said to him, I mean I'm not meaning I have some some some harsh words for you.
So endure, be patient with me and out and said No, I'm not gonna be patient.
Because Allah Subhana Allah Allah sent those who are better than you to someone who is worse than me.
He sent Musa and how to turn around
and they said, Allah commanded them to say for Kula Allahu colon, Lane and the Allahu Yetta Dr. O Yaksha. Allah subhana wa Tada said to Musa and now don't go into the worst tyrant. Speak to him with gentle words. Speak to their own with gentle words, perhaps he will remember and perhaps you will have Hashem of Allah fear of Allah subhana data. And so the importance of gentleness. You don't come to people harsh. You come to allowing for people to say face, you give them excuses.
Do you challenge but you challenge gently. Number three is privacy.
If you embarrass a person in public, if you put someone on blast in public then you've made it that much more difficult for them to accept your advice. Imam Shafi I'll do
what he might he says, time money because HCA fulfilled it. Would you need me mercy Hatoful Gemma for a non must have been a nurse in northern Manitoba de la out of the steamer. Fade her left any water that Emery fella, Papa.
He says, Speak to Me alone if you want to advise me. And spare me from public recommendations for public censure is a type of criticism. That's not my persuasion. And if you defy me and disobey my words, don't be mad if you meet the same equation.
You don't advise me privately.
Then don't be upset if I don't listen to you.
Allowing and removal of ego both of the removal of your ego
and protecting that person's ego by speaking to them privately speaking to them gently. Number four, and this is the last and this is very, very important.
And I'm Robyn model for night. And sometimes all we do is we focus on at night and in monka. We focus on prohibiting evil, but we never encourage the good.
How many a young person seven years old, eight years old, nine years old. 10 years old. 11 years old. They come with their dad to the salon, they come with their dad to the salon, they come with their dad to the salon. One time I went to measure it in California, it was slotted February was Saturday morning.
Maybe it was two rows one and to slog through failure on a Saturday morning random.
And I prayed there and then after the Salah was over, the Imam got up. And there was a 10 year old boy
who had been coming with his dad for Fudger on the weekends for six months. And so the Imam had a certificate ready for him.
And he was celebrated. They did an award show for this 10 year old boy, because he came to find you for six months was his and it was just the muscle live. The uncles from the ministry, they shook his hand they gave him some sweets. But this boy was being celebrated for an act so that it could then be he could have a positive experience anchored to the salon.
And at 1112 1314. This is a memory that he's going to have. He's going to have a positive attachment to the masjid. A lot of times we don't celebrate when people do things that are good. That sister who's wearing hijab properly, nobody praises her. Nobody celebrates her nobody. And then we just wait as a community for her hijab to slip and then when her job slips now all of the attention is coming on her. A lot of times our brothers and sisters are coming to the masjid and they're participating and they don't get celebrated. Nobody helps them nobody assist them. Nobody praises them. Nobody praises them. And yet you will find that Rasulullah sallallahu sallam was the most
generous in his praise. He was the most generous in his praise. You take any of those Sahaba and you know you yourself know a hadith about the praise of Abu Bakr and the praise of aroma and the praise of Asha and the praise of beloved Minerva and the praise of Amara Mia said and the praise of all so who's the one praising them but also to Allah listen.
And He praises them for qualities that they have. So he praises Earth man for his higher and he praises Ramadan Mahatama the Allah and who for his for his strength and he prays he praises builiding robot for praying to rock hours after after will do he praises any for any praises Abu Musa lash it for his re citation of the Quran. And he praises the live news for Israel. The Prophet SAW I said it is infusing in all of these companions.
He's refusing with them with confidence and praise for the attributes that he loves and that Allah Subhana Allah loves. And so don't forget to encourage the good when you see people doing good, encourage them, thank them, praise them. Guess what Allah Subhana Allah says Allah and Sheikh Abdullah as either Naco and human beings are exactly the same. If you show them gratitude for the good things that they do, they will only do more of those good things. We ask Allah Azza to allow us to hear the speech and follow the rest of it. Allah who may notice a local General Makarov at home and call it normal when our older becoming a narrow Macromedia Makoto Amel. Allahumma tiene Fuson at
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