ENJOINING RIGHT AND FORBIDDINGWRONG
BY: IBN TAIMIYA
All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His aid, and seek His forgiveness.We seek refuge in Allah from the evil which is within our selves, and from the evil in our actions. Whoever Allah guides, none can send astray; whoever Allah sends astray, nonecan guide.I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah alone, and with no partner.And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His messenger. Allah sent him withthe guidance and the way of truth, that He might raise it above all other ways of life.Allah is sufficient as a witness. May Allah send His prayers and his greetings uponMuhammad and upon the people of Muhammad.Enjoining right and forbidding wrong is that with which Allah sent the revealedbooks, and with it He sent His messengers, and it is an integral part of the way (i.e. thedeen). The message of Allah is composed of informative and directive parts. As for theinformative, it is Allah informing us about Himself, such as tauhid (theology), or Hisinforming us about His creation, such as the stories of previous peoples and Prophets inwhich are contained for us lessons, threats and promises. The directive part consists of commands to do, commands not to do, and things left to our choice and discretion.