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I was thinking about this the other day...

Lets say...(example)...there are people who are talking bad things about Islam....now these people are ignorant people..and you know that

Being the Muslim..is it better to go up to these ignorant people and defend Islam (EVEN though you KNOW you arent going to get ANYWHERE by arguing with them) OR should you just remain quiet...and just NOT waste your time with these kinds of people?

This situation can be applied in many circumstances....for example...go on Yahoo! Message boards and look under the topic "Islam"~ and the hatred that you find among these people is tremendous

Another example is seeing people in school...or (for those who work) at work.....or in the streets..etc

what is one to do?

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Salam Alaykum.

QUESTION:

I am wondering about the limitations of "enjoining the good and

forbidding the evil." I understand we should help other Muslims by

reminding them when they have done something wrong, and encourage them to

do good. But how should one deal with Muslims who respond angrily or

unappreciatively to your attempts? Even if you try to admonish in a kind

way, sometimes it will still cut a raw nerve in some people to hear what

you tell them. Should you then stop in order to keep peace in the

relationship, or should you continue to "enjoin and forbid" as issues

come up? Some examples of these issues might be: reminding a Muslima of

her duty to wear hijab, reminding a friend who is about to cheat someone

in a business deal that this is unIslamic, chastising a Muslim who has

broken a promise to another Muslim, etc.

Please answer according to rulings of Ayat. Khameini.

ANSWER:

Thank you for asking a question concerning one of the most important

tenets of Islam. Please forgive me for the delay which has been due to

circumstances beyond my control.

While your concern is confined to the difficulties encountered in

discharging the obligation of amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir, I

trust you will bear with me if I first discuss the importance of these

requirements because I feel that their importance need to be fully

understood by the ummah.

The Holy Qur'an enjoins us again and again to do amr-bil-ma'roof and

nahya 'anil munkir. In suratul aale-Imran [iII] Ayah 110 Allah says: "You

are the best community raised up for mankind. You enjoin right conduct

and forbid evil (you do amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir) and you

believe in Allah." Please also see the ayah III:104, IX:71 and XXXI:17.

At the same time Islam safeguards an individual's right to privacy in the

strongest possible terms. In suratul Hujaraat [XLIX] Ayah 12 Allah says:

"O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, for indeed suspicion (in some

cases) is a sin. And spy not, nor backbite one another. Would one of you

like to eat the flesh of his dead brother?"

Amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir inevitably involve encroachment

upon some one's right to privacy. Where the exercise by an individual of

his right to privacy is likely to adversely effect the right of another

individual or a group or the ummah or the mankind, that right of privacy

is forfeited and the ummah has the duty to counsel that individual.

A few ahaadeeth on the subject are worth noting:

The Holy Prophet (SAWAW). has said :The world is like a ship and mankind

its passengers. The welfare of all depends upon the safe conduct of each.

If anyone is found making a hole on the side of a ship, he must be

stopped.

The Holy 5th Imam (as) "Amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir are the

most important obligations because upon them depend the performance of

all other obligations. If amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir are done

the earth will become a safe place, enemies will be subdued and all other

affairs discharged satisfactorily"

The Holy Prophet (SAWAW) "He who does amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya

'anilmunkir is the vicegerent on the earth of Allah, His Prophet and His

Book."

Addressing the Muslim scholars in Mecca after he had left Madinah on his

way to Kerbala, Imam Hussain (A.S.) remonstrated with them because of

their failure to do amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir. This is a

very long hadith and is reported in Al-Tawhid Vol.VII, No.4 p.41. It also

explains Imams's stand against Yezid. I request the administration to

arrange to post the Hadith.

Now let us revert to your specific concerns. The fuqaha are all agreed on

an individual's duties with regard to amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil

munkir and the difficulties one often confronts. I am assured that

Ayatullah Khameni's views coincide with those of Ayatullah Ruhullah

Khumaini and marhum Ayatullah Khui, upon whom I have mostly relied.

Amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir are wajib-e-Kifaai. If one person

does it, it is saqit on the others. If no one does it all are equally

accountable, regardless of their financial or social status, provided the

following requirements are met:

(a) he himself is aware of what is good and what is bad from the Islamic

    point of view;

(B ) he believes that the person to whom he wishes to do amr-bil-ma'roof

    and nahya 'anil munkir will listen and follow the advice. If he is

    satisfied that the person will not under any circumstances listen to the

    advice, it is then not wajib upon him to do amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya

    'anil munkir to that person;

© he is satisfied that by his undertaking to do amr-bil-ma'roof and

    nahya 'anil munkir no personal or financial suffering will be caused

    to a third party.

Ways of doing amr-bil-ma'roof and nahya 'anil munkir:

(a) By tongue. By talking to the person and persuading him, using the

    politest posible language to start off with.

(B ) By conduct. If talking produces no result, a gradual withdrawal of

    friendship and companionship should be resorted to.

© The next stage should be to report the matter to 'alam-e-shar'a (the

    mujtahid whose muqallid you are or his duly appointed "wakil" authorised

    to decide jurisprudential matters).

I trust the above is helpful. If you need any further information or

clarification, I shall be happy to assist.

May Allah in His infinite mercy forgive us our sins.

References: Tafseer-e-Namoonah Vol.III pages 48 and 49.

            Ayatullah Khumaini's Tawzeehul Masaail (Urdu Version)

            mas'ala 2800, p.437;

            Ayatullah Gul Paigani's Tawzeehul Masaail (Urdu Version)

            mas'alas 2858 -2869);

            Ayatullah Khui's Tawzeehul Masaail (Gujerati Version) pp. 350-7

With salaams and du'aas from an humble servant of Ahlul Bayt and their

followers, and with a

request to be remembered by you in your prayers,

Bashir Rahim

http://al-islam.org/organizations/aalimnetwork/msg00304.html

Edited by faithmuslima

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I was thinking about this the other day...

Lets say...(example)...there are people who are talking bad things about Islam....now these people are ignorant people..and you know that

Being the Muslim..is it better to go up to these ignorant people and defend Islam (EVEN though you KNOW you arent going to get ANYWHERE by arguing with them) OR should you just remain quiet...and just NOT waste your time with these kinds of people?

This situation can be applied in many circumstances....for example...go on Yahoo! Message boards and look under the topic "Islam"~ and the hatred that you find among these people is tremendous

Another example is seeing people in school...or (for those who work) at work.....or in the streets..etc

what is one to do?

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Best is to have unshakeable conviction in your beliefs.

That comes from knowledge.

Knowledge also tells you much about the quality and mentality of the people concerned.

If people are just baiting you, treat them with the disdain they deserve and ignore them.

Where you feel talking can help remove misconceptions, try by all means . . . its khair -e- jaariyeh

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