The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
Enjoining The Good And Forbidding The Evil
“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.”
(Surah: 3, Al-i ‘Imran, Verse No: 110)
A Muslim needs to be a good person, a truthful servant of Allah (swt), and a virtuous individual. But at the same time there is also the responsibility to reflect on the society their inherent good intentions and their spirit to fight against evil. That responsibility is called “amr bi al-ma’rufwanahy an al-munkar”, which means to enjoin the good and forbid the evil. The Almighty Allah (swt) describes the Muslim ummah, consisting of believing, conscientious, and sensible members, in the Qur’an as mentioned above.
Faith and good are inseparable parts of each other. “The essence of virtue is good morals.”, as expressed by the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Therefore, all that there is to good morals, such as justice, respect, honesty, loyalty, and tolerance, etc. are related to the good. A Muslim is a representative of the good. On the one hand, they keep the good alive with their behaviors and, on the other hand, invite others to the good by using a tongue of wisdom, good advice, and authentic knowledge. By heeding Prophet Muhammad’s advice, they make life easier and not difficult, and they give good tidings and not repulse them.
They have good thoughts (husn al-dhann) about their Muslim brothers and sisters, and know that it is a requirement of faith to think good and speak good. They assume positive intent in others and treat them compassionately. They uphold purity, honesty, and righteousness in all spheres of life. So, let us always enjoin the good and prevent the evil to the extent that our knowledge, experience, means and capabilities allow. Let us not forget that this is a religious obligation and human duty upon each one of us. Let us have the heartfelt belief that every step we take in the cause of enjoining the good and preventing the evil will have its merits.
Jobayer Al Mahmud