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Prophetic Parables – Parable #21 – Those who Command Good & Forbid Evil
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
Series: Kamil Ahmad – Prophetic Parables
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We move on after that to the next parable.
And this is a very, very beautiful parable where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam describes to us
a very, very important point.
And that is concerning. I'm gonna build my roof when I hear anyone come
in joining the good and forbidding the evil, commanding the good and forbidding the evil
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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in this Hadith,
of the person who abides by large orders and restrictions
in comparison to those who violate them.
So the example of the person who abides by the laws of Allah,
compared to the one who violates the light, the laws of Allah is like the example of a group of people who came, and they drew lots,
they drew lots
for their seats on a ship on a boat.
they all had to board, this boat or the ship. But there are two levels, there is an upper deck and the lower deck. So the Prophet sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam said.
So some of them got their seats in the upper deck, and the others got their seats in the lower deck.
So they drew lots to see who will go up.
And who will go down in the lower deck.
So they board this ship, this boats, everyone taking their seat. And then when they start their journey,
the group at the bottom, those who are on the lower deck
whenever they needed to get water. And what we understand from this hadith is
that this is referring to
a ship or a boat that is traveling on fresh water, and not necessarily
on sea water that you cannot drink. So what we understand is that
they would the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,
when the group and the lower deck needed to get water to drink, they would go up to the upper deck, and would get their water and then go back down.
So this group on the bottom,
they said, Look,
why should we trouble them? Why should we bother them constantly going up and down?
Let's you know, think of an idea how can we
save them the trouble and save ourselves a trouble and get access to the water from down here. So they said let us make a hole right here at the bottom, make a hole in the ship.
And we'll get our share of water, saving us the trouble and saving them the trouble and you know, not bothering them.
So then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, if the people in the upper part left the people in the bottom part to do what they had suggested,
then they would have been destroyed, meaning those on the lower deck as well as those on the upper deck. But if they prevented them,
if they prevented them from doing that, then both of them both groups will be saved. Both groups will be saved.
And so in this session
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he basically categorized
the people in a Muslim society, or in a Muslim community, he categorized them into three groups.
The first those who abide by the laws of Allah, they are upon the strict Path of Allah, they do not violate the laws of Allah subhanho wa Taala. they abide by, by these commandments of Allah and these prohibitions of Allah. On top of that, they also command the good and forbidding evil.
So they don't restrict their righteousness to themselves. But they go out and command the good and forbid the evil. The second group,
those who indulge in evil, they violate the laws of Allah, and they don't command the good and they don't forbid the evil, but rather they indulge in the evil. The third group,
those who do not command the good, and do not forbid the evil while they are righteous among themselves. So they are, they consider themselves to be, you know, righteous, and upon the straight path.
But they don't command the good and they don't forbid the evil, or they are reluctant to do so. And so these are the three groups that we find in this hadith. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam explain this, by giving the example of this boat the ship with its passengers.
And basically, the message that he was trying to get across here was a very simple
it's not enough for us to think that as long as we are righteous, we are abiding by the Quran and assume that in our personal lives, it's not enough
to think that we will be saved from the punishment of Allah. While there are people around us who are violating the commandments of Allah, and the prohibitions of Allah, and we don't say a word.
And so Allah Subhana, who would add as punishment when it comes
when the loss of Hannah who would tally decides to punish people, he doesn't selectively only punish those who are indulging in the evil directly. But rather,
he punishes the entire society.
He punishes all of them.
Especially in a society where no one is commanding the good and forbidding the evil.
And it's all the reality is
when corruption and evil spreads, and it becomes rampant in society,
its consequences will affect everyone. We shouldn't think that you know, that the people do what they want. And you know, as for us, we will be saved from we will be saved by Allah Subhana Houma data, because we are not doing what they're doing.
And so a loss of Hannah who attalla says in the Quran
what dako fitna 10 lakh to see even alladhina wala Malcolm Hassan,
Allah says Be aware of a fitna
and fitna here it means of a punishment, a trial that will not only affect the wrongdoers among you, meaning it will affect all of you.
And in Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, he was asked the Messenger of Allah
will we be punished will we be destroyed by punishment from Allah in this dunya while there are righteous people among us,
meaning we have righteous people among us, they are righteous within themselves.
Will we will we be punished? So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Yes, either cattle herders. Yes, as long as evil and wickedness becomes widespread in society.
And so what we learn from this is
that, you know, evil and, you know,
The reason why a lot punishes that society is because it became widespread, why did it become widespread? One of the reasons is because there was no one among them, who was preventing that evil from taking place.
Even if there were righteous people, their righteousness was restricted to themselves and they didn't care about what the other people are doing. And so such a punishment from Allah subhanho wa Taala is completely unjust. It is fair, we shouldn't think
that, you know, why did a lot punish these people who are among them who are righteous? Who were, you know, adhering to the commandments of a lot of prohibitions of Allah? Why did Allah punish them? And so the reason is, because
they did not commend the good and forbid, evil. Now, some people they may ask,
you know, why is Islam so strict?
Shouldn't everyone have the freedom to do as they please?
Why should you interfere in the lives of others,
by commanding the good and forbidding the evil?
The answer to that is that freedom in Islam, the definition of freedom in Islam is not the definition of freedom in Western society. The definition of freedom and liberty in Western society is one that knows no limits.
The definition of freedom and liberty in Western society
is a freedom that knows absolutely no limits.
Whereas freedom in Islam,
it comes with a limit, you are free to do what you want, within, within the limit that Allah subhanho wa Taala has decided,
and not within the limit that our own human desires decide.
And so one of the objectives of Islam is to preserve society, from, you know,
becoming from a society where evil becomes widespread,
we're, wherever you go, there is sins being committed in the open.
Because when that happens, when that happens, it affects everyone else, even those who are saved from from those evil sins. And so even the righteous they'll become affected by that. And so this is why Islam comes with this command to enjoin the good, and forbid the evil, for the sake of keeping the society together, for the sake of keeping the society together, to preserve the society from evil, that is not in the interests of us human beings.
this aspect of Islam and hon maruf, when
this is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was trying to highlight, in this idea, the importance of it, that if we do not do it, then we will be destroyed all of us, and not just those who are involved in evil.
And so among the lessons that we can learn from this hadith is, first of all,
that the Sharia of Allah subhanahu wa taala is like a ship.
As long as we take care of its laws, implementing them the way they should be implemented,
the punishments ordained by Allah, on criminals, implementing the laws of Allah,
as long as we do that, then this ship will sail.
And it will be safe from every harm that may come that may come in its way.
And as long as the ship is sailing smoothly and safely, then the passengers on the ship will be safe.
So all of this shows us the importance of abiding by the sharing of Allah subhanho wa Taala and implementing it in our lives as well as in society. Because that is for our own survival.
And so if we don't do that, then the ship will be harmed, and the people on the ship will be will be harmed. The second lesson that we learned from this hadith
is, as we said, the importance of an honorable maroof when I need my car
and that's why
many of the scholars of Islam considered
legislation in Islam of commanding the good and forbidding the evil, they considered it to be the sixth pillar of Islam.
And some equated it to jihad, because of how important it is in to basically keep the Muslim society and the Muslim community intact, and to keep it together and to preserve as a society.
And as we see, in this Hadith, the importance of an admirable motto for Nahanni mukha, and how it is a means to avoiding the punishment of a loss of Hannah, who without it that will befall everyone.
And loss of Hannah, who will kind of tells us
in the Quran, about the story of how beset
the story of the Sabbath.
And how there were a group of the Jews
of Israel, who basically were forbidden from fishing on Saturday. So they found a way to get around it. They would put up their nets on on Friday night.
And, you know, Sunday morning, they would collect their fish. So they said we didn't work, they were forbidden from working and from fishing on Saturday. So they said, Look, we didn't, we didn't do any work. We didn't do any fishing. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
about three groups. Allah subhana wa tada tells us of three groups in that society.
The first group were the these people who did the evil.
And the second group were
those who didn't care about them.
In fact, they said, Why should we admonish them? Why should we forbid them? You know, let them do whatever they want. It's between them and Allah.
And the third group, who said, No, we have to commend the good and forbidding evil. And then after that, Allah subhanahu wa tada said, for them, not Nestle, not Okeechobee and Jane alladhina and Helena and his soup, what a hedonist Latina vaanam will be added in the SMB mcenery.
Allah says when they ignore the warning that work that was given to them, we rescued we saved those who were warning against evil.
And we seized the wrongdoers with a dreadful punishment for their rebelliousness.
So here a lot shows us that he saved those who were commanding the good and forbidding the evil as For everyone else, a lot destroyed.
So once again, it shows us that there are three groups in this owner. One is the group that indulges in the evil directly. The second is the group that doesn't care. They say, as long as we're righteous, who cares about what others are doing? And the third, those who command the good and forbid the evil. The third lesson that we learned from this hadith is that a loss of hair to who Allah
protects the owner through the Muslim
and not the solid thing. What's the difference between the two? The Muslim scene and the solid chain?
In the Hadith that we mentioned, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked Yasuda law. I know how Li qu. Will Faena a solid hain that will we be destroyed? While there are Salim righteous people among us. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam answered in the affirmative, yes, if you know evil becomes widespread.
Notice he was asked about the slyly when the solid when are the righteous, those who the righteousness is restricted to themselves. How would the Muslims who they are the reformers, they are those who
their righteousness is within themselves and also they are reforming others. They are commanding the good and forbidding the evil. And Allah mentions in the Quran
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Allah says Andrew Lord would never have destroyed the towns unjustly while their people were reformers. So as long as there are Muslims in the society, commanding the good forbidding the evil reforming others, then Allah will not destroy them, Allah will not punish them. And this further emphasizes what we have already mentioned. Concerning the importance
Have an admirable model for animals, and how it is a means of avoiding the general punishment of a lot upon a society. The last and final
point that we can mention here is
that I'm rubbing my roof on the honeymoon car.
Just like every other legislation in Islam, it has its rules, and its conditions.
One of the most important of which is ability.
And this is seen in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where he said, Man ROM increment Quran for you or your deity,
that whoever among you sees an evil, let him forbid it. Let him denounce it. So this is an animal, forbidding the evil. Let him do that with his hand, meaning, let him physically go and remove that evil. You see something evil happening, go and forbid it, physically make it to stop for Islam yesterday, fabulous. But if he is not able to do that, he doesn't have the ability. You know, for example, he lives in a society where he is not able to physically condemn the evil and change it with his own hands, then let him do so with his tongue. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, if he's not able to, then let him denounce it with his tongue, forbidding evil, denounce it,
tell the people what you're doing is how wrong
and wrong and these are the consequences of this, say, with your tongue, you know, and, you know, unfortunately,
evil is so rampant
in the world today, whether it be in a Muslim society or in a non Muslim society, and no one is doing anything about it. While we have the ability to do so. We all know people, whether it be friends are otherwise who, you know, they go to clubs, they commit Zina. They do all kinds of evil things, and we don't care. We say, you know, what can I do to change it?
Let them live as they want.
And so, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Yes, okay, if you're not able to do anything, physically to change that evil, then do so with your tongue. We do have that ability. We do have the ability to advise to warn. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, in lemmya Stelter, filby lb, he went, Daddy, god awful man. And if he is not able to do even that, then let him to denounce it with his heart. And then he said, that is the weakest form of email.
So if you're, if you're in a society where you're not able to even denounce it, you see an evil and you're not able to, you know, denounce it, otherwise, you'll get in trouble.
Then hate it with your heart, denounce it with your heart. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, that is the lowest form of email.
What that means is that there is no lower level of email after that. And unfortunately, there are Muslims out there today, who don't even do that much. They don't even denounce it with their hearts, they see an evil, and they become so accustomed to it. That,
you know, they don't even denounce it with their hearts, they don't hate it with their hearts.
Nothing happens to them, it doesn't shake them.
You know, it doesn't do anything to them, because they become so used to it. And so this is the danger of abandoning an honorable Maha roof. When nahan mukha, commanding the good and forbidding the evil, even if it be, you know, in a state where we don't have the ability to do so we have to at least hate it and denounce it with our hearts. And so ability, as we can see in this video is extremely important when it comes to commanding the good and forbidding the evil. And so we are not vigilantes, nor are we asking the people to become vigilantes where they take the law into their own hand, but rather,
the condition of ability must be there,
based in this order, in the sequence that Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned and so we asked Allah subhanahu wa Tada. To
grant us beneficial knowledge we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us to see
what is right as being right and truth and to make us to see what is wrong as being wrong.
To make us to see falsehood as being falsehood, whatever I have mentioned that was correct. Then it was from Allah subhanho data and whatever I mentioned that was incorrect than it was for myself or Trey bond. With that we come to the end of tonight's session. So panicle long will be
learned. Estelle Furukawa tuberculate was Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh