To advise people, give them sincere naseeha (advise) was never an easy task.
And today, while living in a capitalistic society, we live in a highly individualistic atmosphere, where to advise people, warn them against evil, even to make them aware of their own personality traits, and how with such peculiar personality traits they can easily fall into doing oppression, is considered like a big “sin” by those very people whom you advise.
And is considered, “not an advisable task to do” by the people around, who are not participating into their error but prefer to stay silent.
The people who didn’t participate in the wrong but chose to stay silent, in their amazement ask the people who speak up – “that why do you advise them, when you know they will not listen, and Allah will account them ultimately?”
SubhanAllah! Often these questions can make those wonder (who speak up) why they do so, even they know that people who do not reason, will not listen to
In times of solitude,
they often end up wondering why do they do so?
Why they ask the people to avoid munkar, and even don’t go near to such acts which as per their personality issues will
lead them to destruction, and doing zulm upon themselves and upon others?
In such deep
introspective thoughts, dwindling in true quest of why comes the enlightenment to enliven our thoughts, through His light.
SubhanAllah! In the tafseer of surah A’raf ayah 164.
Allah (swt) said that the people of the village were divided into three groups, a group that committed the prohibition, catching fish on the Sabbath.
Another group prohibited them from transgression and avoided them.
A third group neither prohibited them, nor participated in their action.
The third group said to the preachers,
لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوْمًا اللَّهُ مُهْلِكُهُمْ أَوْ مُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَاباً شَدِيدًا
“Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?”
Therefore, they said – “there is no benefit in forbidding them.”
The preachers replied,
مَعْذِرَةً إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ
(“In order to be free from guilt before our Rabb Allah, for we were commanded to enjoin righteousness and forbid evil,’
(“and perhaps they may fear Allah”) for on account of our advice, they might stop this evil and repent to Allah.
SubhanAllah! Such reminders benefit the believers, who being humans need re-assurance.
May Allah Al-Aleem, As- Sami keep our intentions pure for Him.