Why believers should enjoin what is good



Harun Yahya

Published — Friday 9 May 2014

Last update 9 May 2014 1:01 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Since someone who lives by the moral values of the Qur’an 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 Qur’an in the words “... they enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil.”
Forbidding evil and enjoining what is good is revealed in the Qur’an 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 Qur’an, is therefore one of the main characteristics of believers. This is revealed thus in the Qur’an: “The believers, men and women, are allies of one another. They enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil. They observe regular prayers, give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. ...” (Surat At-Tawba, 71)

Believers strive to spread moral virtues
“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 Qur’anic 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 Qur’an, 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)
Let us be clear that preaching Qur’anic moral values or giving advice does not mean coming between Allah and His servant. On the contrary, preaching is a duty commanded by Allah, and must be done so all people can learn about Islamic moral values. What everyone who says he is not happy with the oppression and injustice in the world must do is to remind people of the existence of Allah and the Day of Reckoning, and to call on them to live by Qur’anic moral values.

Spreading Islamic moral values requires unity
Societies that do not live by Qur’anic 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 (peace be upon him), 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 Qur’an the dark environment that will emerge if believers fail to produce this union and solidarity:
“The unbelievers are allies of one another: Unless you do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on Earth, and great mischief.” (Surat an-Anfal, 73)
Telling people who are removed from Qur’anic values about Islam is an important religious observance. Preaching religious values and calling people to Allah’s path was one of the main features of all the prophets and their followers. The Qur’an shows that the prophets spent their lives fulfilling this honorable duty and never wearied of calling people to the true path. The Prophet Noah’s (AS) words are related in the verses as follows: “He said: ‘O my Lord! I have called to my people night and day: But my call only increases (their) flight (from the Right). And every time I have called to them, that You might forgive them, they have (only) thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, grown obstinate, and given themselves up to arrogance. So I have called to them aloud; further I have spoken to them in public and secretly in private.’” (Surah Nuh, 5-9) Every Muslim must exhibit patience and determination in his preaching by living by the superior virtues of the prophets. Allah tells us that in reward for such determined and sincere endeavors, He will bring about the global reign of Islamic moral values: “Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and do righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion — the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: They will worship Me (alone) and not associate anything with Me. If any reject faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.” (Surat an-Nur, 55)

- The writer has authored 300 books, translated into 73 languages on politics, religion and science.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Two members of a Ministry of Health ambulance crew, including a doctor, were killed when their vehicle overturned along a highway in Madinah region on Tuesday, an online site reported.The driver also died and a nurse suffered injuries, 3alyou...
RIYADH: Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has exhorted the youth to seek peaceful solutions to their problems and avoid radical tendencies. “The youth have serious problems which we have to address properly so that we can come up with lasting solutio...
RIYADH: The ministers at Monday’s Cabinet meeting lauded Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s stern message to other countries to desist from interfering in the internal affairs of the Kingdom.During his address to key delegates to the Jan...
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman briefed the Cabinet, on Monday, about the message he sent to the Kuwaiti emir and the messages he received from the Moroccan king and the Qatari emir.The king also spoke about the outcome of his m...
RIYADH: The Eastern Mediterranean Office (EMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced that the region is considered a Zika virus-free zone.Dr. Alaa Alwan, the regional director of EMRO, said that it does not mean that Middle East...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Health Council is working to establish an electronic system to prevent manipulation of sick leave holidays.Dr. Yaqoob Al-Mazrouh, secretary-general of the council, disclosed this during a seminar on Sunday. He did not elaborate on h...
RIYADH: Specialized Clinics Arabia (SCA) treated a total of 9,220 Syrians at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan during the month of January 2016, according to Dr. Hamid Mufalana, SCA medical director.“Many of the patients were children who were given...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah police have solved the mystery surrounding the thrashing of a man by another, the video clip of which had gone viral.It was a Herculean task for the police to search for the victim, who had not bothered to lodge any complaint. The...
JEDDAH: The Cutoms Department at Yanbu’s Prince Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Aziz Airport recently foiled an attempt to smuggle 64,165 Captagon pills found hidden in four boxes.Saad Al-Buqami, director-general of Customs at the Airport, said: “During our c...
AL-AHSA: Plans are afoot to turn the Al-Ahsa dates festival into an international event by adopting top standards in the manufacture, packaging and marketing of the product, Adel Al-Mulhim, the general supervisor of the festival, has said.Speaking du...
RIYADH: A gang comprising two women and youth has been arrested for allegedly looting cash from pharmacies and snatching women’s handbags in malls.Col. Fawaz bin Jameel Al-Maiman, police media spokesman of the Riyadh region, said the arrests were mad...
RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar on Sunday called for conservation of water and electricity, even as the Water and Electricity minister said Saudi Arabia will need an investment of SR500 billion for power projects over the next 10 years t...
RIYADH: More than 200,000 people accused of various crimes were investigated by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP) in the financial year of 1435-1436 A.H.Among the 218,000 who were investigated, around 30 percent or 65,000 were...
RIYADH: Thousands of Saudis have visited the German pavilion at the Janadriyah festival since it was opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman last week, in the presence of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Amba...
DAMMAM: The cold wave in many parts of the Kingdom over the last week caused a decline of between 30 percent and 50 percent in farm production. This decline in turn drove prices of agricultural products at wholesale markets up by 30 percent.Farmers s...

Stay Connected

Facebook