How to command to good – Imam Habib Bewley

And it is also necessary that the action for which you take your brother to task is one that you have seen him do openly, and not in the privacy of his own home. Commanding the right and forbidding the wrong is limited to the public domain – what a man does behind closed walls is between him and Allah alone. It is not our place to spy on others and pry into their private affairs.

And finally, that we cover up the faults of our brothers. When we see them doing something wrong, we remind them of the straight path, but at the same time keep what we have seen them do to ourselves. When a man brought someone who had committed a wrong action to the Prophet, the Prophet said,

“If you had covered him up with your cloak, it would have been better for you.”

And on another occasion, he said,

“If you cover up the faults of a Muslim, Allah will cover up your faults in this world and the Next.”

If you hold to these principles when commanding the good, forbidding the wrong, and reminding people of Allah, then you will have brought benefit to yourself, your Muslim brother and to the community in which you live. So we ask Allah to realise them all in our hearts, increase us in love and compassion for one another, and guide us all back to the sirat al-mustaqim.

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~ by The Murabit Blog on 06/10/2010.

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