Do you Order Righteousness of the People and Forget Yourselves? – Ibn Rajab

Ibn Rajab[1] rahimahullaah mentions in his ‘Lataaiful-Ma`aarif’:

“A man said to Ibn Abbaas radiyAllaahu `anhumaa: “I want to enjoin the good and forbid the evil.”

So he said to him: “If you do not fear these three verses exposing you; then do so. Otherwise, begin with yourself.”

Then he recited:

أَتَأْمُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبِرِّ وَتَنسَوْنَ أَنفُسَكُمْ

“Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves.”

[Sooratul Baqarah; (2):44]

And His saying – He the Most High:

لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ كَبُرَ مَقْتًا عِندَ اللَّهِ أَن تَقُولُوا مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ

“Why do you say that which you do not do? It is most hateful to Allaah that you say that which you do not do.”

[Sooratus-Saff; (61):2-3]

And His saying – regarding the story of Shu`ayb `alayhis-Salaam – (where he said to his people):

وَمَا أُرِيدُ أَنْ أُخَالِفَكُمْ إِلَىٰ مَا أَنْهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ

“And I do not intend to differ from you in that which I have forbidden you.”

[Sooratul-Hood; (11):88]

[Source: ‘Lataaiful Ma`aarif fil-Mawaasim al-`Aam min al-Wadhaaif’ of Ibn Rajab; al-Maktab al-Islaamee edtn. pge. 41]


[1] Zayn ud-Deen Abil Faraj Abdur-Rahmaan bin Shihaab ud-Deen Ahmad bin Rajab al-Hanbalee, al-Baghdaadee, ad-Dimishqee [736H-795H] – rahimahullaah

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