“It is somewhat easy to selectively “enjoin in good” these days by handing out roses and samosas whilst wearing apologetic sloganised t-shirts. But to consistently “forbid the evil” in public is arguably more difficult, and requires a certain level of conviction, courage and wisdom, especially at such heightened times.
Theological and political differences aside, I have much respect for the dying minority of brothers who still hold dawah stalls and fearlessly call the people to Islam, whilst delivering stern reminders to Muslims.
I’m not saying other styles and approaches don’t work in softening the hearts of the people, I’m sure they do. But the point here is *consistency* and *uncompromising*.”
~ Muhammad Dilwar Hussain
“Instead of citing the example of Yusuf (as) to justify participation in the democratic process, why not cite the example of Rasool’Allah (saw) agreeing to rule Makkah in alternating years with Quraysh in order to ease the pain and suffering of the early Muslims instead?
Surely this is a much better example of a Prophet opting for a “lesser evil” and a “greater benefit” to “prevent further harm”?
It’s not cited because it didn’t happen.
What did Rasool’Allah (saw) say to his uncle Abu Talib who made the offer on behalf of Quraysh to rule Makkah as a King, alternating leadership with the chiefs of Quraysh?
“Even if they place the sun in my right-hand, and the moon in my left-hand in return for giving up this matter (Islam), I will never stop until either Allah makes it (Islam) triumph or I die defending it.” [As-Seerah an-Nabaweyyah, Ibn Hisham (vol.1, p.265-266)]
Just saying…no beef.”