Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi elaborates on the Islamic principle of commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil, as depicted in the story present in verses 163-164 of Surah Al-A’raf.
These verses are about a group of people committing sins and another group that warned them but they didn’t listen. They were instead criticized for warning them because their advice was falling on deaf ears. They were told to not waste their time because they will be punished by Allah anyway in the end . but the group maintained that they were doing this so that they would have an excuse on the Day of Judgement in front of Allah SWT that they tried commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil. It is this characteristic of Muslims that sets us apart from the rest of mankind and this is why we are the best Ummah.
Allah has His La’nah is on people who do not stop each other from doing evil and who do not preach what is good, although they are very well aware about it. We should forbid evil by usage of tongue, hand and then ultimately, hate from the heart.
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah, he was a happy woman, whether hammerberg we just recited suits that are off versus 163 and 164 and in them we read a story about a group of people who are committing sins, they were breaking the Sabbath, they were breaking the laws of Saturday, and another group commanded them warn them advise them and they didn't listen. So the people who are advising were then criticized by the other groups and they said Why are you bothering to keep on advising a group of people who are not listening to Why do you keep on advising them when you know what was gonna punish them when you know it was gonna destroy them stop wasting
your time. All you limit it una cama de la Hola, como como de vida de de, they said, Why do you keep on advising a group of corrupt people, they know that all we know is going to destroy them. We know that Allah is going to punish them. So stop wasting your time. And the people who are advising said Paul Romer, the rotten er have become one. I love him. Yes, we are advising them so that we will have an excuse on the day of judgment that we did our job. And also maybe they might listen, maybe they might come back and be righteous people. So this verse tells us the importance of an Islamic principle, commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil? It is a principle that is enshrined
in the DNA of Islam. Walter comin Come on man. Let them arise from amongst you. And oma, what is the purpose of the oma? Yeah, Marina Del Mar, bluefin tuna and Moncure. They are commanding people to do what is good, and they are forbidding people to do what is bad. In fact, this characteristic is why our oma is the best oma kuntum hydromet in Odisha Trina's you own Mata Mohammed are the best oma that Allah has created for mankind. Why morona Dilma Rousseff? Eva 10 owner and the moon curry, what do you preach what is correct? you warn against what is wrong and you believe in Allah subhana wa Tada. So preaching what is correct, commanding what is good, forbidding what is bad is why Allah has
chosen us to be the best oma, it is this characteristic as well. That Allah subhanho wa Taala told to the companions, that if they want it to be established in the land, if they wanted to conquer Morocco, they wanted to have Temkin or political power. Allah subhanho wa Taala described for them before they had that power. Allah said the righteous are those who when we give them power in the land, or levena imechanica, whom fill out our karma salata Otto was Takata, rubella roofie. When did Moncure they established the site, they pay this guy and they command what is good and they forbid what is evil. Therefore brothers and sisters, the commanding of what is good and the forbidding of
what is evil is why our own is the best oma, it is why Allah created us it is why are the profitsystem told or Allah told us that they should have establishment in the land. In fact, in the Quran, we learn that any nation who abandons this principle who doesn't care about commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil, they have earned the wrath and the punishment and the hubbub and worst of all the line of a law allows law is the worst punishment and Allah says in the Quran, Lorena levena cafaro Minh Bani Israel in the people who disbelieved from the children of Israel, Israel, they have been cursed either Elisa neither who there were so many Imodium, even their
prophets David and Jesus, they curse them. Why can hula tena hona moon Curran falou they didn't stop one another when the public was doing evil when they're evil and there was evil everywhere. They didn't do anything that did some kind of I don't how evil was it, that they didn't stop the evil in their midst? So brothers and sisters, it is a fundamental principle of our religion to preach what is good to warn against what is bad. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in that famous Hadith that
you're going to command what is right, or you and you are going to forbid what is evil, or else Allah subhanho wa Taala will give a punishment that encompasses everybody. In other words, once evil becomes rampant, and nobody says anything, nobody wants to stop it. Then when a last punishment come, everybody is equally guilty. But if you spoke out if you did something to try to stop it within your realm, and we're going to get to the point that everybody does within his realm, then you will be excused on judgment day that at least
I did what I was supposed to do. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, mandra Min, c'mon current value of a Yoruba deity, whoever amongst you sees an evil, let him correct it with his hand, if he's not able to do it with his tongue, if he's not able to do it, then at least with his heart, and let him hate that evil, and that is the weakest level of a man and Hadith, this Hadith, our scholars have discussed it in a lot of detail. And what it means is that each one of us is obliged at all times to do one of these three things, which one we do depends on who we are, and the circumstances and the people and the context. So in our households, we are in charge. And if we see
our family members have suffered a lot of drinking or taking drugs, or a major sin, it is our physical responsibility. We cannot allow our wives our children, we cannot allow people in our house to be drinking alcohol in front of us and doing nothing is our responsibility. Even by our physical force, you cannot do this. If it's not in our physical control. If it's amongst extended family and friends, we cannot force them. But then we speak out your your brother, your cousin, your friend, you cannot force him if he's doing a sin, you cannot do something, but what can you say? Yeah, he Why would you do this, you have to answer Allah, you know, we're all sinners, but we shouldn't do
this sin at least you try your best in your gentleness in your sweet ways, whatever. But you have to speak out amongst family and friends. And if there are people that they're not going to listen to you, I mean, or or they have bigger priorities. For example, if a person is not even a Muslim, you're not going to be worried about what they're eating and drinking, the bigger issue is to guide them to Islam, and that will be your main power to them. So if even the verbal is not going to help, in this case, in your heart, you hate it, if you see somebody taking drugs, and he's not related to you see in the street, or what not the least you should hate this in your heart. This is not good.
It's not healthy for society. And as long as that is done, then at least as the process of said, you have the weakest level of a man and brothers and sisters, this is a fundamental difference between some segments of Western culture and Islam, some segments of Western culture, they teach to each his own, live and let live. They teach a hedonistic selfish lifestyle, only worry about yourself, it's not your business what anybody else is doing. That's their version. In our version, you care about everybody. You care about everybody, at least in your heart, even if you cannot change, at least your heart should want good for other people. You see your neighbor in trouble, you would want to
help them? Well, what if the trouble is a different type of trouble? What if the trouble is a sin? What if the trouble is something that is spiritually harmful? Wouldn't your heart at least feel some type of discomfort? So when we tell Muslims that they should command what is good forbid what is evil? What this does is that it shows Muslim should have concern for other people, Muslims should have a love, Muslim should be selfless, not selfish, they should want good for others as they want good for themselves. And therefore brothers and sisters, our Prophet sallallahu wasallam said, a dino and naziha the whole religion is sincere advice is sincere advice. You give sincere advice to
yourself, to your family, to your friends, and everyone. When we have this attitude, it is a healthy attitude for us, for family for society. And brothers and sisters as this is in suits that are off shows, at least on Judgement day you will have an excuse. Or you might be rotten in our ob come we'll have an excuse Oh Allah, at least we tried. We said something, whether they listen or not, it's not my business, at least we said something. So it is a matter of it is an excuse on judgment day and also why give up so easily while I live on your own, maybe just maybe somebody will be guided maybe out of 10 people one will give up this in. So you have got that benefit and you have
benefited society in doing this. The last point brothers and sisters commanding what is good forbidding what is evil. Of course, there are techniques and methods there is a hierarchy, there is wisdom, you do not command what is good, when it will lead to something even more evil, there is a language there is a time there is a place there is an attitude, there is a gentleness all of this must be done. And overall, you must believe that the good that will come out of your action will be more or else you move down to the next level. If you cannot change it with your hand in your household, you move down to the level of the tongue, if you feel speaking out will cause a bigger
issue. Then you move down to the level of the heart and that is the lowest level. The commanding of what is good and forbidding of what is evil must always be done build it here is and with the manner that is the best. The goal is not to antagonize The goal is not to make people irritated at you. The goal is to benefit others and the best way to command what is good and to forbid what is bad is to become a role model.
yourself not just to speak or to talk to talk, but to walk the walk to demonstrate what it means to live a pure, wholesome life. And if you live such a life, then your actions will speak louder than your words and when you do speak, it will be backed up by your own actions. May Allah subhana wa tada make us of those who are practicing what we preach and who command what is good and forbid what is evil was sent out to LA what Baraka