Forbid evil — with knowledge and good manners

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He, The One. I send peace and blessings upon his final messenger (Al-Mustafa), and upon his family, companions, and those that followed him in righteousness until The Day of Resurrection (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Question: We see a lot of the youth are enthusiastic to forbid evil, but they do not do so pleasantly. So what is your advice and guidance to them, and what is the way best way to forbid evil?

Shaykh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) answered: My advice to them is to be firm in this affair and to learn first so that the they can be certain if the affair is good or evil with legislative proofs. This is so that their prohibition is upon guidance, as Allah (‘azza wa jal — mighty and majestic) said,

“Say, “This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.” — Surah Yusuf 12 : 108

[Also] from my advice is that the prohibition be with softness, good speech, and [done] in a pleasant way so that it will be accepted from him. In addition, they will correct more than they corrupt, as Allah (‘azza wa jal) said,

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.” — Surah An-Nahl 16 : 125

And Allah (‘azza wa jal) said,

“So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you.” — Surah Aale Imran 3 : 159

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever prohibits softness is prohibited from all of good.” He ﷺ also said, “Indeed softness is not in something except that it beautifies the thing. And it is not removed from anything except that it spoils the thing.” And the Hadith on this subject are numerous.

So from what is necessary for the Daa’e (caller to Allah) and the one who encourages with good and forbids from evil is that he should be from the first people to be upon that which he calls to. Furthermore be from from the furthest of people from what he is prohibiting so that he will not resemble those whom Allah defamed with his statement,

“Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason?” — Surah Al-Baqarah 2 : 44

And He (subhaanahu wa ta’ala — glory and exhalation be to him) said,

“Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth exalts Allah , and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” — Surah Al-Saf 61 : 2-3

This is so he will be followed in this and benefit the people with his words and actions. And Allah is the controller of success.

This article can be found in it’s original source in Arabic:

And all praise due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.


Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Muharram 14, 1432 —December 10, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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