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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Stopping a Wrongdoer

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There is no people among whom acts of disobedience are done, and they are able to change them but they do not do so, but soon Allah will punish them all.” [Sunan Abu Dawud]

Ibn Abi ad-Dunya reported from Wahb bin Munabbih that he said: “When Dawud made a mistake, he said: ‘My Lord, Forgive me!’ So, Allah said: ‘I have forgiven you and placed your sin on the Children of Israil.’ Dawud asked: ‘Why, O Lord? How can this be when You are the Just who oppresses nobody? I fall into error and You place the sin on others?’ He said: ‘When you did this error, they didn't criticize you for it.’”

In today’s world of liberalism it is not acceptable to use revelation (Wahy) from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) as the basis to tell people that what they are doing is wrong. One may only suggest based on humanly conceived standards of acceptable behaviour. One is not allowed to infringe on another’s freedom to define good and bad for themselves and live according to their self-defined standards of right and wrong.

However, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has granted freedom in only one of two places. You may have it either in this world, or in the Hereafter. If you live according to Allah’s standards in this world, then you are free to live as you please in the next. But if you insist on living as you please in this world then there is no freedom for you in the next world, in which death provides no relief.

We are required to try to prevent people from committing acts displeasing to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). If we are not able to do so then we should at least warn them of the consequences. If we don’t have the courage to do even that, then we should try to put as much distance as we can between us and them, so that when Allah’s punishment comes on them it doesn’t encompass us in it.

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