Begin with Yourself


A man went to Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) and said, “O Ibn ‘Abbas, I want to enjoin people to do good and forbid them from doing evil.”

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “And have you reached that level?”

He said, “I hope that, that is so.”

He said, “If you do not fear to be exposed by three verses of Allah’s Book, then do so.”

The man asked, “And what are they?”

He mentioned this verse:

Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allâh) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves.” (Baqarah 2:44)

And then asked, “Have you applied the implications of this verse?” He said, “No.”

Ibn ‘Abbas then mentioned the second verse:

O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allâh that you say that which you do not do. (As-Saff 61:2-3)

After that he asked, “Have you applied the implications of this verse?” He said,

“No.” He then mentioned the third verse regarding Shu’aib alayhi salaam:

“I wish not, in contradiction to you, to do that which I forbid you.” (Hud 11:88)

And then he asked, “Have you applied the implications of this verse? He said,

“No.” Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Then begin with yourself.”

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[Transcribed from: Gems and Jewels | Compiled by: Abdul-Malik Mujahid | DarusSalam]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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