Islamic Date

16 Thu al-Hijjah

English Date

25 July

Hesitation in Advising

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and thrown in the Fire. His intestines will fall out and he will continue circling pulling them behind him, just as the donkey goes around the pole. The people of the Fire will go to that man and ask him, ‘What happened to you? Did you not used to command us to do righteous acts and forbid us from committing evil?’ He will say, ‘Yes. I used to enjoin righteousness, but refrained from performing righteousness, and I used to forbid you to perform evil while I myself did it.’” [Muslim]

Ibrahim An-Nakh’i said, “I hesitate in advising people because of three Ayat:

- “Enjoin you Al-Birr on the people and you forget (to practice it) yourselves.”

- “O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is to Allah that you say that which you do not do?” [61:2-3]

- And Allah informed us that the Prophet Shu’ayb said, “I wish not, in contradiction to you, to do that which I forbid you. I only desire reform to the best of my power. And my guidance cannot come except from Allah, in Him I trust and unto Him I repent.” [11:88]