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Giving Since re Advice Enjo ining right & Fo rbidding wro ng

How bad and severe can the consequences be on individuals and the society when some of the seekers of knowledge and pious youth obstruct f rom participation in all community f ields, abandoning the ref orm process by enjoining the good and f orbidding evil and get pre-occupied with other stuf f even if it was prosperous work or seeking knowledge.

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T he Spirit ual and He alt h Be ne f it s o f Ram adan Fast ing

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Prais e is due t o Allah Lord of t he worlds and praye rs and pe ace be upon Muhammad, his family and companions .

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How bad and s e ve re can t he cons e que nce s be on individuals and t he s ocie t y whe n s ome of t he s e e ke rs of knowle dge and pious yout h obs t ruct from part icipat ion in all communit y fie lds , abandoning t he re form proce s s by e njoining

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t he good and forbidding e vil and ge t pre -occupie d wit h ot he r s t uff e ve n if it was pros pe rous work or s e e king knowle dge . Allah t he Almight y had vowe d t hos e who le ave it or ignore it wit h punis hme nt as it was narrat e d according t o Hut hayfah Ibn al Yaman -may Allah be ple as e d wit h him- t hat Prophe t Muhammad -praye rs and pe ace of Allah be upon him- s aid: I s we ar by t he one who pos s e s s my s oul (Allah) t hat if you ne it he r e njoin good nor forbid e vil, Allah is about t o s e nd on you a s e ve re punis hme nt and you will s upplicat e t o him but He will not ans we r you. [Re port e d by al Tirmidhi and AlAlbani s aid good hadt h] Als o Zainab -may Allah be ple as e d wit h he r- s aid: "Oh me s s e nge r of Allah, are we all pe ris he d de s pit e t he pre s e nce of good pe ople among us ?, he ans we re d ye s , if wrongdoing s pre ads . [Re port e d by Al-Bukhari] : : - - 3598 And as Allah s aid, {If only t he re had be e n among t he ge ne rat ions be fore you pe rs ons having wis dom, prohibit ing (ot he rs ) from Al-Fas d (dis be lie f, polyt he is m, and all kinds of crime and s ins ) in t he e art h, (but t he re we re none ) e xce pt a fe w of t hos e whom We s ave d from among t he m! Thos e who did wrong purs ue d t he e njoyme nt of good t hings of (t his worldly) life , and we re Mujrimn (criminals , dis be lie ve rs in Allh, polyt he is t s , s inne rs ). And your lord will ne ve r de s t roy t he t owns wrongfully, while t he ir pe ople we re concile rs .} [Surat Hd

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11:116-117] } 117 -116 :{ Trans literation: Falawl Kna Mina Al-Qurni Min Qablikum 'l Baqyat in Yanhawna `Ani Al-Fas di F Al-'Ar i 'Ill Qallan Mimman 'Anjayn MinhumWa At t aba`a Al-Ladhna alam M 'Ut rif Fhi Wa Kn Mujrimna (116) Wa M Kna Rabbuka Liyuhlika Al-Qura Biulmin Wa 'Ahluh Mu lina And he didn't s ay who are good, in obs e rving t he hadt h and t he ve rs e has s hown t he diffe re nce be t we e n t he good and t he re forme r, as a good pe rs on wit hout re form is pe ris he d wit h t he ot he rs who pe ris h, unlike t he re concile r whos e re conciliat ion pre ve nt s pe rdit ion t he re fore t he e mine nt s he ikh Hamad At e e q - may Allah have me rcy on him s aid: if it is de s t ine d t hat a man fas t all day, pray all t he night and be as ce t ic in all worldly life , and at t he s ame t ime , he is not as hame d from Allah as he doe s n't orde r for good and forbid e vil, t his man is t ot ally be ing hat e d by Allah and als o he is t he le as t re ligious one . And t he pe ople of major s ins are be t t e r t han him t o Allah!! It was s aid by s ome one who is t rus t e d t hat t he s he ikh Muhammad Ibn Abd El Wahab -may Allah have me rcy on him- once s aid: I can s e e pe ople s it t ing in t he Mas jid we e ping while t he y ke e p re ading t he Qur`an at t he s ame t ime t he y don't orde r for good or forbid e vil, t he n t he s he ikh s aid t hat t hos e pe ople are blind and mut e . That 's what Ibn al-Qayyim -may Allah have me rcy on him- confirme d whe n he
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s a i d : Sat an has de ce ive d mos t pe ople by allowing t he m t o improve t he ir praye rs , fas t ing, re ading Qur`an, prais ing of Allah and as ce t icis m in t his world and t he y dis rupt e d t he m by not carrying t he m out by he art and t hos e t o t he he irs of Prophe t s are t he le as t re ligious pe ople . As t he t rue Is lam is t o pe rform what Allah commande d ,as ignoring t he s e commands is wors e t han commit t ing t he forbidde n in more t han 30 as pe ct s me nt ione d by our s he ikh -may Allah have me rcy on him-. The n unde rs t and t he gre at command and t ake care of be ing one of t hos e whom t he s he ikh has de s cribe d pre vious ly. Als o t he cons e que nce s can be gre at whe n t he s e e ke rs of knowle dge and pious yout h obs t ruct t he re form proce s s le aving t he fie ld of t he s ocie t y t o t he corrupt e d pe ople , act ors and act re s s e s and s port s t o compe t e wit h e ach ot he r t o achie ve t he ir goals and obje ct ive s and we jus t s it ne gat ive ly fe e ling pit y and curs ing t ime , alt hough it is our fault be caus e we didn't t ake any act ion t owards it and if t hings go bad and e vil s pre ads we 'll be s urpris e d wit h bad e ve nt s like ot he r pe ople , s o good will be de nie d and e vil will s pre ad. This is be caus e of our de re lict ion in t he dut y of re form. It is ve ry mis chie vous whe n we can find s ome good and fine yout h are us e le s s , t he y can s e e e vil wit h t he ir own e ye s and t he y have t he opport unit y t o change wit h t he me ans of re form and advocacy, but t he y are e xt inct inat t e nt ive and t he y don't care about t he s anct it y of Allah. And it has be e n s aid by Aby al Munt hir Is mail Ibn Omar: I have he ard t he fat he r of Abd El Rahman El Amry s aying: It is from unaware ne s s t o s t ay away from Allah while knowing what make s him angry and do it . And you don't e njoin good
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and forbid e vil for t he s ake of t he pe ople who can't he lp or harm you. Re ally, t he gre at s courge is whe n t he ir at t it ude t owards what t he y s e e is ne gat ive and he choos e s t he we ake s t way t o change de s pit e t he pre s e nce of s e ve ral ways t o re form and forbid e vil. And Ibn al-Qayyim had s aid t hat t he one who s e e s what Allah forbids is be ing done , His re ligion is be ing abandone d and t hat t he Sunnah of His Prophe t praye rs and pe ace of Allah be upon him- is re pe lle d from wit h a cold he art , mut e t ongue and dumb de vil, als o t he one who s pe aks wit h fals e hood is a s pe aking de vil, t he s e are t he s courge of t he re ligion as t he y care only about t he ir pre s ide ncy, mone y and t he y don't care about t he re ligion at all. The be s t of t he m are t he one s s howing pit y if s ome one t rie s t o t ake away from him his mone y or pos it ion he 'll do his be s t t o pre ve nt it us ing t he t hre e ways of e njoining t he good and forbidding t he e vil. Thos e are not only hat e d by Allah, but t he y als o had t he gre at e s t s courge in t he whole world which is t he abs e nce of any fe e lings in his he art as t he pre s e nce of any fe e ling in his he art would make him angry for t he s ake of Allah and would make him t ry t o change anyt hing t hat Allah hat e s . If you're fe e ling pit y and s orrow on what 's happe ning and if you care for Mus lim pe ople , I can provide you wit h me t hods of re form for t he communit y t hat we live in as you are re s pons ible for t he e vil you know about by not t aking any act ion t owards it and not forbidding it or e ve n not t aking t he chance t o us e t he me t hods of re form t o forbid e vil. The main t hing is t he imme diat e act ion in e njoining t he good and forbidding e vil a nd as s aid by Al-Qarafy -may Allah have me rcy upon him- The s cholars s aid: Enjoining t he good and forbidding t he e vil is an obligat ory dut y, as t he one who is able t o e njoin t he good t he n he is obligat e d t o do s o. (Al Furouq for AlPDFmyURL.com

Qarafy) I'll re mind you wit h t he hadt h of Aby Sae e d El Khudry may Allah have me rcy on him- In t he day of re s urre ct ion Allah will as k His s lave (a lot ) unt il one que s t ion will be "what pre ve nt e d you whe n you s aw t he e vil t o forbid it . [Re port e d by Ibn Majah s e e s ahih Ibn Majah (3244) and Al-Sils ila Al-Sahha (929)] ... : (929 ) ( 3244 ) So t ry t o do your be s t and s e e k he lp from Allah. St art wit h t he clos e s t pe ople t o you and re me mbe r t he hadt h of t he me s s e nge r of Allah -praye rs and pe ace of Allah be upon him- whe n he s aid: Among my nat ion who will be re warde d like t he pe ople who pre ce de d t he m, t he y forbid t he e vil. [Re port e d by Imam Ahmad in his book (227970 and s e e Al-Sils ila Al-Sahha (1700)] and Allah ble s s you] 1700 22797

Me ans of re form: The re 's no doubt t hat t he re are many me t hods of re form, as anywhe re and e ve rywhe re t he re are me t hods t hat s uit s t hat t ime and place , als o t he yout h t hat will work on t he re form proce s s will find ne w me t hods and le git imat e ways t hat will be a caus e of re form and s ucce s s by t he will of Allah The Ble s s e d Almight y.
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Amongs t t he Me ans of re form: 1- Supplicat ing: It is one of t he gre at e s t be ne ficial me ans of re form, t he unus e d we apon by many, t he y ne gle ct e d it , e it he r out of ignorance or lack of be lie f in it , Allah Almight y s aid: {And whe n My s lave s as k you (O Muhammad ) conce rning Me , t he n (ans we r t he m), I am inde e d ne ar (t o t he m by My Knowle dge ). I re s pond t o t he invocat ions of t he s upplicant whe n he calls on Me (wit hout any me diat or or int e rce s s or).} [Surat Al-Baqarah 2:186] 186 :{ } Trans literation: Wa 'Idh Sa'alaka `Ibd `Ann Fa'inn Qarbun'Ujbu Da`wat a Ad-D`i 'Idh Da`niFalyas t ajb L Wa Lu'umin B La`allahum Yars hudna Ibn Kat hr: What is me ant by t his is t hat t he Almight y doe s not re je ct t he s upplicat ion of a s upplicant nor be occupie d from him by anyt hing, but He is t he All-He are r of praye r, for in it is e ncourage me nt t o s upplicat e , and it is not los t , in Sahih Mus lim from Abu Dard` -may Allah be ple as e d wit h him- t hat t he Me s s e nge r of Allah praye rs and pe ace of Allah be upon him s aid: The re is no Mus lim who would s upplicat e for his brot he r (in Is lam) wit hout him knowing e xce pt t he ange l would ans we r him s aying and like wis e , t o you. : Do not abandon t his way, and e xt e nd t he palms of be gging Him, t he Almight y Allah t o re ct ify your affairs , and he lp you t o e njoin t he good and forbid what is
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e vil. Be care ful, may Allah prot e ct you, t hat one re as on for not ans we ring a s upplicat ion is ne gle ct ing e njoining good and forbidding e vil, according t o t he hadt h ... be fore you s upplicat e t he n it will not be ans we re d. [Re port e d by Ibn Majah and de clare d good by Al-Albani] ... 2 Be at t ache d t o t he pe ople of knowle dge : The re is no doubt t hat t he s cholars and pre ache rs s t anding in t he communit y wit h t he public and privat e , we t hank Allah for it , and t he impact of t he ir act ions in t he communit y are cle ar and concre t e , t he y could be occupie d for s ome re as on from following up on t he e vils in t he s ocie t y, s o be he lpful t o t he m, re minding t he m wit h Allah and t he ir re s pons ibilit y, and t he ir s ile nce is a caus e of t he s pre ad of e vil and s t rive t o forbid t he e vil t hrough t he m e it he r wit h a dire ct e ffe ct or by writ ing t o t he m. This was t he s t at e of Shaikh Al-Is lam Ibn Taymiyyah -May Allah have me rcy on him- he us e d t o go out wit h his s t ude nt s e njoining t he good and forbid t he e vil. The y we nt around t he cit y t o find bars and wine s hops t o bre ak wine jars and de s t roy alcohol pot s , more ove r warning t he dis s olut e pe ople . (Al-Bidayah WalNihayah 11/14) Be ing at t ache d t o s cholars and cle aring up re alit y t o t he m, e it he r dire ct ly or writ e t o t he m de manding advice and writ e about t his e vil t hat mus t be change d, t his is one of t he me ans of re form, by which we are he e dle s s .
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The re is no doubt t hat t he cons olidat ion of t he s t at us of s cholars , pre ache rs , and t hos e je alous in s ocie t y amongs t t he pe ople , by me nt ioning t he ir me rit s , and t o abandon what has be e n blabbe d he re and t he re of unbe ne ficial s pe e ch is a re as on t o force t he ir word, and he ar t he ir opinion. 3 Unit y of e ffort among young pe ople : Young pe ople wit h e nt hus ias m do not fade away, if t he y combine d t he ir e ffort s and have joine d in t he de nial of e vil, it has good and t angible re s ult s , and t his is obs e rve d in re alit y, t his writ e s for s cholars anot he r calls on t o e xe cut ive s and t he lat t e r re ache s t he pe rs on doing t he e vil hims e lf.Et c. If a yout h is de t e rmine d and s ought t o de ny t he e vil, e ach picking one of t he me ans of re form, Allah would have be ne fit e d us wit h t he s e e ffort s . 4 - Monit oring e vil: The re is no doubt t hat t he purs uit of e vil, and t he purs uit of it s be ginning, t o de ny, pre ve nt t he s pre ad or re duct ion in t he communit y, is t he le as t t hat you could do, may Allah prot e ct you. Writ ing about t he m and clarifying it t o t he s cholars and e xe cut ive s . One will follow what is publis he d in ne ws pape rs , magazine s , art icle s and poe ms , and anot he r obs e rve s what happe ns in t he marke t s of e vils , all t rying t o forbid t he e vil in diffe re nt ways . 5 Be ne ficial advice : If t he be ne ficial word came from a compas s ionat e t rut hful he art , Allah will ble s s
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it giving be t t e r e ffe ct in it e it he r it was a s e rmon, a word aft e r praye rs , public s pe e ch or e ve n a privat e t alk wit h one of t he pe ople . The aut hor of (Re fle ct ions aft e r dawn): one of t he yout h whe n as ke d t o pay t he price of a good he s arcas t ically s aid: t he payme nt is in t he day of payme nt (re ckoning)t he s e words found it s way t o t he he art of t he s e lle r, and it ke pt roaming in his cons cie nce t ill he found t he way of guidance wit h t he s e pas s ing words . Le t alone t hos e who pre pare d t he ir s pe e che s , picke d t he ir words and phras e s appropriat e ly, do not unde re s t imat e t he word, e ve n if a fe w words , it may be a ke y t o t he he art of s ome one . 6 Role mode l: The s ile nt Dawa (call t o Is lam), re pre s e nt e d in doing what had be e n commande d by Allah and avoid what He Had forbidde n, at t ribut e d wit h good morals , how many yout h calle d wit h his e xample , s o pe ople kne w virt ue s and t he Sunnah whe n he hims e lf applie d it , and le ft t he e vil whe n he ne gle ct e d it , and fe lt angry for de fe at ing Allahs boundarie s , by t his , his s t ance from e vil was known s o he was re s pe ct e d by t hat . On t he ot he r hand, whoe ve r ne gle ct e d t his obligat ion, his re s pe ct and mode l will we ake n, t he re fore pe ople will be bold in doing s ins , as it was s aid whoe ve r doe s not conque r will be conque re d. It was narrat e d t hat Abu Mundhir Is mail Ibn Umar s aid: I he ard Abu Abd alRahman al-Omari Said: Whoe ve r abandons e njoining good and forbidding e vil, he
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will be s t rippe d of his fe ar of Allah Almight y, if he orde re d s ome of his childre n or s ome s e rvant s t he y will be lit t le him. (Sifat As -Safwa 181/2) 7- Me s s age s : How gre at is t he impact of me s s age s on it s re ade rs , as long as it was writ t e n in a re s pe ct ful manne r. It s a calm dire ct dialogue t hat give s a pe rs on a chance t o cont e mplat e and re vis e t he n corre ct , according t o t hat he will me s s age t he pe ople of knowle dge , t he pe ople re s pons ible and s inning individuals , e it he r in a s hop, gove rnme nt office and whoe ve r is re s pons ible for t he affairs of Mus lims . Through t he s e le t t e rs you are s e nding a privat e me s s age t o your brot he r dire ct e d t o his fait h, t o t his s cholar re minding him t hat he is t he mos t e nt rus t e d in t he way of re form and t o t his official re minding him wit h Allah and his re s pons ibilit y in front of Allah Almight y wit h what he was e nt rus t e d from t he affairs of Mus lims . So you s e nd, your brot he r s e nds and t he ot he r e t c.And wit h re pe t it ion you pe ne t rat e s t e e l. How gre at was t he doing of t his young man whe re he wrot e a me s s age t o a re ady-made garme nt import e r. He s howe d t he grie f re pe rcus s ions be hind promot ing t he s e dis grace ful garme nt s be t we e n Mus lim girls . It had a gre at e ffe ct , but t he que s t ion is whe re are t he re s t of t he yout hs from t he wrongdoe rs ? 8- The Is lamic t ape : The t ape s have playe d a gre at role in s pre ading t he Is lamic aware ne s s in t he s ocie t y wit hin it s diffe re nt clas s e s . Through pre paring t he s ubje ct re corde d in t he t ape which count e rat t acks s ome of t he wrongdoings , or t o dis t ribut e it
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amongs t e ach clas s of t he s ocie t y, e ach according t o it s ne e ds . Look t o how many t ime s have we he ard and s aw it impact ; a pe rs on was guide d be caus e one of t he s e t ape s was give n t o him as a gift , t o Allah all t he prais e and favor. What a gre at doing t his yout h did by put t ing s ome t ape s and flye rs in his car s o he could give it whe n he ne e ds t o ot he r yout hs and ot he r pe ople . 9- The book or t he flye r: Eit he r t hrough writ ing one yours e lf or point it out t o an aut hor t o writ e about t his s pe cific wrongdoing, or s t rive t o dis t ribut e it . The re we have a 13 ye ar old child t hat we nt t o barbe r s hops and e xchange d t he dis s olut e magazine s wit h ot he rs of be ne fit . May Allah ble s s him, whe re are t he ot he r yout hs ??! 10 Flye rs : Are e xact ly like what is be t we e n your hands , e as y t o handout , s hort words , do not t ake t ime t o re ad, t he y addre s s a s pe cific t opic, e it he r t hrough compos ing one and dis t ribut ing it yours e lf or point out t o an aut hor t o writ e about t his s pe cific wrongdoing and how t o re s olve it . Some publis hing hous e s have is s ue d a numbe r of t he s e flye rs in a ple as ant and at t ract ive appe arance , s o do not s lack be hind from be ne fit ing from it or dis t ribut e it . 11 - Part icipat ion in t he me dia: The s cum s pre ad in it be caus e we re t ract e d from cont ribut ing t o it , e it he r by writ ing in ne ws pape rs , magazine s or t he like . It is publis he d in t hous ands and no
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doubt t hat writ ing in it or re plying t o what is writ t e n e ve n if it was not publis he d, t he n it would be a s ignal t o it s owne rs t hat t he re are clas s of re ade rs t hat de mand t o re s pe ct t he ir int e lle ct , and t hat t he y are aware t o what would t hre at e n t he re ligion, it s pe ople and t radit ions . This is e nough t o make t he m re ckon t he ms e lve s be fore t his re ade r t hat re ads t he ir publis hing. Cont ribut ing in t he Is lamic magazine s t hat are s t rict wit h right approach, e it he r by mone y, moral or int e lle ct ually is cons ide re d, in it s e lf, s upport t o it as it is one of t he me ans of re form. 12- Phone calls : This me an doe s nt ne e d much of an e ffort , only t o s it wit h t he phone s e t and t alk t o t he wrongdoe r or me s s age him t o re t ract from t his s in, t hrough re minding and warning him wit h Allah. Or e ve n re port it t o t he s cholars and t he officials . 13 Boycot t ing t he wrongdoe r: A right e ous clie nt we nt in a s upe rmarke t , be fore he got t o pay t he price he s aw cigare t t e boxe s in t he s hop s o he re t re at e d from buying t he product s aying: By Allah not hing s t oppe d me from buying e xce pt your s e lling cigare t t e s . If e ve ry one of us boycot t e d t he e vildoe rs , ne ve r he would s e ll t he s e product s nor could promot e t he like , but we are t he one s who he lpe d t he m while not knowing. 14 - Thanks and prais e : The Prophe t (praye r and pe ace of Allah be upon him) us e d t o apply t his rout e
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wit h his companions -may Allah be ple as e d wit h t he m- which is t he mos t e ffe ct ive way in t he me ans of re form, and a fe w who apply it , s ince it is one of t he re as ons of s t e adfas t ne s s , in a t ime of e vil is rampant , as we de ny t he e vil done by t he e vildoe r, we s hould t hank and comme nd t he good doe r, t o find pride in s t icking wit h virt ue and be s t e adfas t on it .

Similarly, if e ve ry one of us is re s pons ible , in advocacy and re form, and us e t he abilit ie s and pot e nt ial, in t he re form of s ocie t y, be ginning wit h hims e lf and his family, t he n t o all e vil doe r, ne ve r would have t he e vildoe rs dis play t he ir e vil. This is a dis s olut e magazine , obs ce nit y in a ne ws pape r, dis playe d s in in an are a, a s t ore s e lling forbidde n goods , anot he r made a s in or did it t o s ome one e ls e e t c.. If we inve s t e d all t he me ans of Dawa s uch as s upplicat ion, me s s age , unit y following up e t c t oge t he r it would le ad t o fruit ful re s ult s . We s e e k re fuge wit h Allah from be ing amongs t t he us e le s s . So kind brot he r be ware of be ing amongs t t he pe ople me nt ione d e arlie r and dont le t your pract icing be a hollow one wit h no Dawa or re form. In t he e nd I would like t o s ay: Dont be an unne ce s s ary burde n t o your nat ion or e ls e t he s hip will s ink. And know t hat you are on a gap t hat ne e ds t o be fille d, whe t he r you are import ant or not . By Allah be care ful from be ing a caus e of de fe at . May Allah prot e ct you and cle ar your pat h. And praye r and pe ace of Allah be upon our Prophe t Muhammad, and upon his family and companions .

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