Harun Yahya

Enjoin right, forbid wrong

Since someone who lives by the moral values of the Noble Quran knows the harm that will befall someone who does not, he will feel a responsibility to warn that person and call them to the true path; these warnings and reminders are a moral feature that all believers must exhibit. This important characteristic of Muslims is revealed in the Holy Quran in the words “... they enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil.”

Forbidding evil and enjoining what is good is revealed in the Quran and is a religious obligation for all Muslims, like regular prayer, fasting and giving alms. Fulfilling this responsibility, which is commanded in numerous verses of the Quran, is therefore one of the main characteristics of believers. This is revealed thus in the Quran:“The believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. ...” (Surat at-Tawba: 71)

“Enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong” is not only a duty that believers have toward one another: They must also summon people who are ignorant of, or are remote from Islamic moral values to abide by them.

Preaching Quranic moral values and calling people to Allah’s path is one of the main duties of all the prophets and believers. However, as revealed in the Quran, nobody can be compelled to live by religious moral values. Having faith happens through Allah’s will. Once one has been told the truth and shown the evidence, it is up to one’s conscience whether one believes and a believer who preaches in the most proper way possible has therefore discharged his responsibility. He has no responsibility if the other party refuses to accept it. This is revealed in the verses as follows: “Therefore give admonition, for you are one to admonish. You are not one to manage (men’s) affairs.” (Surat al-Ghashiyya: 21-22)

Societies that do not live by Quranic moral values are looking for a way out of their difficulties; they are waiting for a guide to bring world peace and justice. That guidance is a responsibility for people who live by Islamic moral values and must be discharged by all Muslims with that in mind. As a result of the preaching of Islamic moral values by Muslims of different races and communities and languages across the world, the number of Muslims is rising by the day; mankind has begun turning to the truth. 

In such a climate, every hardworking believer in the service of Islam is exceedingly valuable. Appreciating the services of Muslims who strive to spread Islamic values as demanded by those values and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH), and the further enlargement of that service, requires all of us to work together. That is because Allah commands believers to be united and as one. Our Lord describes in the Quran the dark environment that will emerge if believers fail to produce this union and solidarity: “The unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless you do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on Earth, and great mischief.” (Surat an-Anfal: 73)

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