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Hudhaifah ( May Allah bepleased with him ) reported:
The Prophet ( may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) said, "By Him in Whose Hand my life is, you will either enjoin good and forbid evil, or Allah will certainly soon send His punishment to you. Then you will make supplication and it will not be accepted".
Enjoyning what is good and forbidding what is evil is one of the most important foundations on which this religion is based. It is the pure monotheism which Allah chose for his slaves since their creation.
It is well known that this religion is based on four main foundations: the correct doctrine based on the pure monotheism, the good deeds as proof of its validity and integrity, the virtuous manners; the fountain of good deeds, and the noble behavior; it is a translation of the virtuous manners and the expression of it.
Hence, the meaning of enjoyning what is good and forbidding what is evil is to call upon people to comply with what Allah has commanded and to avoid what Allah has forbidden, with wisdom, good exhortation, constructive dialogue and convincing arguments.
The way of Allah is to abide by his commands, to avoid his prohibitions and calling to him. with the most convincing argument; this enjoyning what is good and forbidding what is evil. The insight is the convincing argument which is based on the diagnosis of disease and the prescription of the medicine, then to call to the way of Allah with wisdom and fair preaching, all of this must be based on the pure monotheism.
Allah has gathered all the virtues to this nation, completed the religion and completed the grace, and made it the best nation brought out to people; because they enjoin the virtue and apply it, and forbid evil and abstain from it, and renew faith in Allah through the repentance and good deeds.
The adresse in the hadeeth is every person who is able to enjoin what is good and forbid evil without exception. According to his capacity.
It is not accepted to say: The addressee are the Muslim leaders and scholars but not the common people; it is a general commandment with no specification.
The common people know instinctively what is permissible and what is forbidden. They necessarily know that this act is good and that act is evil, what meets the customs and what is contrary to the customs. Therefore, he will simply order what is good once he is sure that it is good and will forbid what is evil when he considers that this is evil.
Anyone who is unable to do what is good and forbidding evil must deny it with his heart - as we have mentioned - or migrate to another land where he finds good people.