Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice

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By Amil Imani:

Amil Imani

Islam has many strange verses in the Quran.

There are two significant commands which exist in the Quran that gives Muslims authority to look out over an Islamic society for any signs deemed indecent or un-Islamic in public. One of many of these strict rules, is hijab – obligatory rules requiring women to cover their hair and bodies and avoid make-up. Normally, from better off social groups – who try to push the limits of the dress code. This involves wearing the headscarf as far back on the head as possible, or by wearing baggier clothing, particularly in the heat of summer, though men sporting “Western” hairstyles are also at risk. These commands are called Amr beh Maroof va Nahi az Monker. “you enjoin what is right and forbid what is reprehensible”

These two short commands are the central part of Islamic doctrine for all Muslims. It encourages all Muslims, whether men or women, to question anyone if they notice un-Islamic appearances in public. The Quranic injunction of enjoining good and forbidding wrong, suggests to the duty of Muslims to promote moral decency and interfere when another Muslim if they perform improperly.

What are some of the consequences if people refuse to obey?  Women get attacked with acid thrown on their face, men are flogged for non- compliance with Islamic haircuts. These are only a few barbaric examples of what Islamists routinely do based upon the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, many Iran’s laws oblige women to completely cover their hair and wear loose garments to hide most of their body and skin.

“Amr bil Ma’roof and Nahi ‘anil Munkar is a Fard Kifaayah, collective responsibility of the Islamic Umma.”

The Iranian people, almost every day, are subject to severe interrogation, intimidation, harassment and frightening situations by the beasts of Allah who on their motorcycles look for anyone who does not appear Islamic enough and especially those who have challenged the Ayatollah Khamenei’s direct order. That’s precisely why Iranians leave Islam by the thousands.

Promoting virtue and preventing vice is mandatory by all Muslims to do what is thought good according to Islamic law.  The Islamic Republic of Iran routinely terrorizes its peaceful population. These Bedouin Islamic rules have taken the society over the edge of the cliff. Angry people refuse to obey these non-Iranian Arab worshipers who despise anything Persian and they continue to challenge their command.

“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the people of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. (Quran, Surah Aal Imran 3:110)”

These orders come directly from the Quran and Sunnah.

Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri reported that the prophet Muhammad said, “Whoever amongst you sees an evil, he must change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then with his heart, and that is the weakest form of faith” 40 Hadith Nawawi 34

The importance  of Amr Be Maroof Va Nahi Az Monkar in Quran and Hadith

“Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, and slay the prophets wrongfully, and slay those of mankind who enjoin equity: promise them a painful doom (Al-e Imran/21). Recommends of Quran to Muslims many:”

“Ye are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scripture had believed, it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-livers (Al-e Imran/110).”

“The committee’s rationale is based on the classical Islamic doctrine of hisba, which is associated with the Quranic injunction of enjoining good and forbidding wrong, and refers to the duty of Muslims to promote moral rectitude and intervene when another Muslim is acting wrongly.”

The Hisbah  has the following major aspects:

  • An obligation of a Muslim.
  • An obligation of a state to ensure its citizens comply withhisbah such as sharia.
  • In a broader sense,hisbah also refers to the practice of supervision of commercial, guild, and other secular affairs. Traditionally, a muhtasib (al-Muhtasib) was appointed by the caliph to oversee the order in marketplaces, in businesses, in medical occupations, etc. The position of muhtasib may be approximately rendered as “inspector“. See Hisbah (business accountability) for this aspect.”

“For example, in Saudi Arabia the state establishment responsible for hisbah is the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, or Hai’a.

“In a minority of Islamic states, namely Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the Aceh province of Indonesia and Iran, there is an establishment of Islamic religious police. In some places, it is state-established; in others, it is independent of the state.”

“Hisbah doctrine has been invoked by Islamic prosecutors in cases of apostasy and acts of blasphemy. For example, in EgyptNasr Abu Zayd, a Muslim scholar “critical of old and modern Islamic thought” was prosecuted under the doctrine when his academic work was held to be evidence of apostasy.”

Conclusion:

According to the Ummah, all Muslims are responsible for commanding good and forbidding evil, or promoting virtue and preventing vice. If Muslims avoid and ignore and follow those commands, it then is interpreted as a great sin because it was ignored. Muslims are obligated to regulate and watch over their community non-stop. They are also responsible for removing what is perceived by Muslims as evil, although Islam itself is an evil ideology.

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Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, satirist, novelist, essayist, public speaker and political analyst who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. He has become a formidable voice in the United States against the danger of global jihad and Islamization of America. Amil maintains a website at www.amilimani.com. Imani is the author of Obama Meets Ahmadinejad and Operation Persian Gulf and is currently working on his third and fourth book. He is 2010 honoree of EMET: "The Speaker of the Truth Award" at the Capitol Hill.

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