Enjoining Good Forbidding Evil
Ma'roof and Munkar
By Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taimiyyah
Paperback 124 Pages
With an An Introduction Enjoining right and forbidding evil one of
the things for which Allah revealed books His books, and with it He sent His messengers, and it is an
integral part of the way (i.e. the deen). The message of Allah is
composed of informative and directive parts. As for the informative, it is Allah
informing us about Himself, such as tauhid (theology), or His informing
us about His creation, such as the stories of previous peoples and Prophets in
which are contained for us lessons, threats and promises. The directive part
consists of commands to do, commands not to do, and things left to our choice
' Beacons of the Light on the Path of Dua't'
By Dr Muhammad Jamil Ghazi
Published by Al- Firdous Publishing , London UK
Thus, it has been mentioned in the hadith that the chapter of
the Qur'an which starts out: [Say: He is Allah, the One...] is equal to one
third of the Qur'an, because of its including the third of tauhid. The
Qur'an consists of tauhid, commands, and historical events.
Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam
Ibn Taymiyah al-Hanbali was born in , 661 AH (1263 AC) in Haran, which is now
in Eastern Turkey, near the border of northern Iraq..
His family had long been renowned for its learning , among his teachers, was
Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the
reform of the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taimiyah's teachers
exceeds two hundred. Ibn Taimiyah was barely seventeen, when Qadi Al-Maqdisi
authorized him to issue Fatwa (legal verdict). Qadi remembered with pride that
it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and learned man like Ibn
Taimiyah to give Fatwa. At the same age, he started delivering lectures. When he
was thirty, he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused, as he could
not persuade himself to follow the limitations imposed by the authorities.
Imam Ibn Taimiyah's education was essentially that of a Hanbali theologian and
jurisconsult. But to his knowledge of early and classical Hanbalism, he added
not only that of the other schools of jurisprudence but also that of other
He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Greek philosophy, Islamic
history, and religious books of others, as is evident from the variety of the
books he wrote.
'YOU ARE indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth for
[the good of]
mankind: you enjoin
the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and you
believe in God. Now if the followers of earlier revelation had attained to [this
kind of] faith, it would have been for their own good; [but only few]
among them are believers, while most of them are iniquitous:'
TMQ Al-Imran (The Family of Imran) 3:110
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