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Passive and Active Action Against Injustice – Sa’ad Al-Faqih

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[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] So, what’s the proof that you will be saved? The proof is from the Quran. ((And when a community among them said, “Why do you warn a people whom Allah is about to destroy with a severe punishment?”)) This is the same exact question. He’s saying, “Why should we take action? Well, we’re going to be punished, so, why should we take action?” There is no one who’s going to heed to the advice or take part in removing injustice. ((And when a community among them said, “Why do you warn a people whom Allah is about to destroy with a severe punishment?”)) I.e., “It’s over. They’re doomed for punishment.”

What was the reply of those that understood Allah’s laws to them? Those that understood Allah’s laws said, ((”To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”)) This is about those that transgressed Allah’s commandments in keeping the Sabbath. The Jews that transgressed Allah’s commandments regarding the Sabbath. ((They [the advisors] said, “To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”)) Absolution. An absolution, because Allah commanded us to enjoin good and forbid evil, commanded us to strive to remove injustice, commanded us to strive to remove corruption, so, we are discharging our responsibility, by complying with Allah’s commandment, even if there is no result. Maybe this could be a last-ditch effort in the hope that these people will change.

What is the result? The result is, ((And when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We saved those who had forbidden evil, and seized those who wronged with a wretched punishment, because they were defiantly disobeying.)) When these people discharged their responsibility, and they were not successful in effecting change, what happened? What happened is that the punishment encompassed those that remained silent and those that perpetrated injustice, and those that perpetrated corruption. Who was saved? Those that forbade evil, which are those that said, ((”To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”)) You will be saved. You and all that participated in removing injustice, and all those that participated — tried, not participated. Because we said that they were not successful in removing injustice. Those who tried to remove injustice Those that tried to remove corruption, they discharged their responsibility. You will be saved.

How will you be saved? Allah knows best. Because Allah promised that. This is Allah’s Word, not ours. So, the reply to the question is that first of all, it’s for your own sake, to strive to remove injustice is a way of salvation for you. Secondly, if this culture becomes widespread, this will avert danger from the entire country, and from the entire Muslim Community. The Prophet (pbuh) says whoever disavows it has absolved himself and whoever forbids it has been saved. The one who disavows it alone but did not do anything, he disavowed it with his heart, he disavowed injustice and tyranny, he has absolved himself. This is an authentic hadith. He has been absolved from responsibility in the hereafter but this does not guarantee that he will be saved from earthly punishment. He might be affected by punishment.

Whereas the one who is saved, it’s the one that has forbidden it, “whoever forbids it will be saved.” There is a difference between disavowing with one’s heart alone and one who forbids it by attempting to effect change.