LET’S ENJOIN WHAT IS GOOD
By Athiya Maulvi
AssalamuAlaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
03.200 O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that ye may prosper.
013.021 Those who join together those things which Allah hath commanded to be joined, hold their Lord in awe, and fear the terrible reckoning;
090.017 Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion
103.003 Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy
In these Qur’anic Ayahs Allah commands us to call each other to patience and perseverance, and to do good deeds. Here ‘call each other’ are the key words.
Accepting the above commands of the Qur’an we know that it is not enough for a person, who ‘submits to the will of Allah’ i.e. a ‘Muslim’, to do righteous deeds and to keep himself away from the things that displease Allah… it is also obligatory on every Muslim to call his fellow companions to be patient and to persevere, and call them to do good deeds.
Unfortunately, most of us Muslims are happy being patient with others, living lives according to Allah’s commands, reading the Qur’an, and doing all those wonderful things that Allah has commanded us to do… but when it comes to certain commands of Allah, where we may have to get out hands into a sticky situation, we blissfully pretend as if these weren’t meant for us. We say ‘this is none of my business’… we Muslims are too ‘civilized’. Sometimes we even walk away from them in our self-righteousness.
We don’t want to have anything to do with those who are making a big fuss about their aching stomach, complaining about their pathetic conditions, about their poverty, people who are fighting each other, those who seem to be giving up on their husbands/wives/children/jobs… ‘look at them… complaining, fighting, losing hope in Allah… and they call themselves Muslims!’…
That is how we ‘civilized’ Muslims react to our fellow brothers’ who are straying. This is not to say that those who are going astray are not at fault and that we are solely to blame… they are very wrong and will be judged accordingly by Allah. But we have to remember… no one is perfect. We all have our flaws. If we do something wrong we all so want to be guided, forgiven and to be accepted. So why not do the same for others? We as Muslims have certain obligations towards them… the obligations given in the Qur’anic ayahs quoted above.
Is it not obligatory on us to correct our fellow brothers when we know that they are straying from the Right Path? When they are going against the teachings of Islam?
28.054 Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered, that they avert Evil with Good.
Do we think that we are eligible for Allah’s promised double-fold reward? Have we yet averted Evil with Good… or instead scoffed at these misguided souls who are indulging in wrong and have we walked on? Have we helped them realize their mistake? Have we called them to patience? Have we asked them to persevere? Have we guided them to do good deeds?
Now to get round these more tricky commands of Allah, what we ‘civilized’ Muslims often do is quote the Qur’an:
25.63 and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!”
73.010 And have patience with what they say, and leave them with noble (dignity)
But we have to remember that this is applicable only after we have attempted to get the message across. If all else fails… then we walk away.
If we all Muslims were to end up ‘minding our own business’ and living in this pretence of ‘civilization’, Islam would soon cease to ‘live’.
Let’s do our best to change all sorts of unpleasantness that we see around us and no, walking away or ignoring the situation isn’t Islam’s solution. Let’s try to do what the Prophet (saws) told us to: Whosoever of you sees and evil action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do , then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.
041.033 Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, “I am of those who bow in Islam”?
AssalamuAlaikum Wr Wb
Athiya January 2, 2001