In the light of the Holy Hadith
Only Through Goodness
We Can Prevent Evil
“Goodness is what gives your heart peace and your conscience comfort. Evil is what gives your heart unrest and your conscience worry and doubt, even if other people approve of it.”
(Ibn Hanbal, IV, Hadith No: 227)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Wabsa bin Mabad, a companion of our Prophet (pbuh), was a new Muslim. He wanted to ask some questions to our Prophet (pbuh). One of these questions was about what is good and what is evil. After listening to his question, our Prophet gave this answer: “Wabsa! Consult your heart and your conscience about good and evil! Because goodness is what gives your heart peace and your conscience comfort. Evil is what gives your heart unrest and your conscience worry and doubt, even if other people approve of it.”
Goodness is existence, evil is emptiness. Goodness is peace. Evil is darkness. Goodness is to seek our Lord’s countenance. Evil is to walk step by step towards His anger. Goodness is the behaviour befitting to the traits of having a sound mind, a sound heart and a sound nature, that is the trait of being the most honourable of all creation. Evil is the behaviour that lowers a person, the atrocity that reduces his worth both in the sight of Allah and other people. Goodness is a noble trait our Great Lord has put within the fitrah (natural disposition) of man. Evil is a black spot that stains the heart. True goodness is to believe in our Lord, who delivers us from all evil. True goodness is to give wealth, despite love for it, to the needy, orphans and the poor. It is to free man from all kinds of slavery.
As believers with a cause to spread goodness and prevent evil, we have a very important responsibility. Regardless of the circumstances, we have to keep the belief that there are still good people in this world alive. We must never let evil defeat goodness. We must not forget that serving the goodness and preventing the evil lead to happiness in this life and hereafter.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey