18:This Ramadan. . . Enjoin Good and Forbid the Evil


The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy upon them. Verily, Allah is Almighty and Wise.
Surat at-Tawba 9:71

Many of us take this act of enjoining good and forbidding evil as something that only the scholars and sheikhs should be doing;  We assume that we have to be extremely knowledgeable or pious to correct others when they err.

This Ramadan let’s change that attitude. Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil is the responsibility of all of us as stated in the verse above. It doesn’t mean that we’re saints or perfect if we correct somebody, we just genuinely care for them and want to remind so they can be better.

The Messenger of Allah, (SAW)said:
Whoever among you sees evil should change it with his hand. If he is unable to do so, then with his tongue. If he is unable to do so, then with his heart and that is the weakest level of faith.

Maybe you have a friend, a colleague, a sibling or even your spouse or parents and you saw them doing something you know is wrong and you’ve been wanting to correct them, use this Ramadan as an opportunity to do so. Have a strong backing to support your points and speak to them privately. Be gentle, smile and show support. It is hard to correct those closest to us as most times they may see our own wrong so do not sound judgemental.

As you build your mindset to correct others, have an open mind towards correction you may receive. Appreciate it and accept it. If you need help dealing with it, ask for support or an accountability partner. We are constantly in need of Allah’s mercy.

May Allah make us beneficial to the Ummah of Rasulullah. Amin.

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