Forbidding the Evil

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Sunday 28th June 2020. Let’s talk about ‘Forbidding the Evil’ today.

One of the most difficult actions is to stop someone committing a sinful act. This is known as ‘Nahi ꜤAnil Munkar’. It is very important that we handle this aspect of Islām very carefully, with a very sensitive approach. It is indeed a very delicate matter.

First and foremost, we ourselves have to stop committing the sins. Thereafter, using a lot of wisdom and getting the timing correct, we should work on our immediate family members, and then the wider community. According to the beautiful teachings of our religion, there are 3 ways of stopping evil actions.

The first, usually the most difficult, is by the hand, if it is possible. It’s late at night and your son or daughter insists on going out. You may stop them by using your hand to hold them back, sit them down and explain. However, that is next to impossible.

The second is, by the tongue. If adopted correctly, this method is very effective. When the family is sitting, talking, and everyone is in a good mood, it is the ideal time to mention any sins being committed by family members, and how detrimental they are in this world and the Hereafter. Speak with love, affection and a caring approach and see how positive the results are. Once the other person realises that it is for their own benefit, they will not just listen to you but also thank you for guiding them and giving them good advice اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ.

The third, weakest of the three methods, is to think in the heart and mind that the action being committed is bad. Sometimes it may be necessary to ask other people to help out if family members are committing sins and you cannot stop them. Don’t be shy, swallow your pride, and ask for assistance.

On many occasions, professional help may be required. Again, don’t back out. Use every method possible to correct the actions of as many people as possible.

Almighty Allāh protect us from all kinds of evils and sins and guide us to the Straight Path, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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