MUSLIM DEGENERATION AND ITS ONLY REMEDY
From the above “Ahadis” it is clear, that the abandonment of the act of “Amir bil maruf wa nahi anil munkar” (enjoining the good and forbidding the evil) has usually been the root cause of “Allah Ta’ala’s” anger and Displeasure and Hiseventual wrath. And if the “Ummat-e-Mohammadiah” becomes guilty of that neglect and omission, the punishment to be given to them will be more severe than to the earlier people, becau ethey would have failed to recognize their exclusive obligation and neglected to fulfil the sole mission in their life. For this reason, the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) has enjoined the act of “Amir bil maruf wa nahin anil munkar” (enjoining the good and forbidding the evil) “as the essence and the pivot of the faith of Islam” and the abandonment of that act as the cause of decay and decline of the faith.
In the “Hadis” of Abu Saeed Khudri, (radi Allaho anho) it is mentioned:
“When anyone of your witness the commission of evil, he should use his hands to prevent it: and if he has not the power to do this, he should use his tongue; and if he has not the power to do even this, he should use the power of his heart; and this last represents the weakest degree of faith.”
There is yet a clearer version of the same “Hadis” from Ibne Masud (radi Allaho anho);
It is usual for Allah to so arrange that every Prophet leaves behind a group of his companions who perpetuate His message, who follow it rigorously and preserve the holy message exactly in the form in which the Messenger left it. Then comes en epoch of mischief and error, an epoch that witnesses the birth of people who step aside from the path laid down by the Prophet. Their actions are at variance with their proclamations; their activities are not warranted by the holy law. So whosoever arises in defence of Truth and Law, and opposes the miscreants with his hands, is a true believer; he who cannot do this but uses his toungue, is a believer too; and he who cannot, do even this, but uses the power of his heart, is also a believer; but less than this, there is no degree of faith-(Muslims).
The vital importance of Tabligh (the task of propagation) has been further emphasized by Imam Ghazali, (rahmatullah alaih) in the following manner:
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