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Concerning Silence in the face of munkar

The greatest contribution we can make to 'enjoining the good, and forbidding the evil' is to spend some time in introspection and then try to correct ones own faults, as 'Allah will not change the condition of a people, until they change what is within themselves', and this is the science of tazkiyyah -al nafs. This is at least the least we should do, before we attempt to take on the world...and from Allah comes hidiyah and sucess.

See at arrow out "Al-Ghazali" al-Qaradawi's words on Imam al-Ghazzali's refraint from entering military jihad in his time in confirmation of the above, par. beginning, "Another rallying-cry of the critics of the Ihya is that it contains no exhortation towards jihad and that its author remained in seclusion between the years 488-499..."

Several reports state that at the time of ʿUthman's siege and death Zayd ibn Thabit had marshalled three hundred Ansār in his defense together with Abu Hurayra, Ibn ʿUmar, al-Hasan, al-Husayn, and ʿAbd Allah ibn al-Zubayr, but ʿUthman forbade all of them to fight. He said:

The Prophet ﷺ took a covenant from me (not to fight at the time of my martyrdom) and I shall fulfill it. Narrated from Abu Sahla, ʿUthman's freedman, by al-Tirmidhi Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, al-Hakim, and Ibn Saʿd (3:66) all with sound chains.

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[ 20-06-28]


see also relatedissue:

•   Al-Ghazzali
•   The Meaning of Nafs




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