Is It Allowed to Delay Prohibiting an Evil?
Shaikh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh have mercy on him, said: “Allāh the All-High says:
ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ
Call to Allah’s path with wisdom. (Al-Naḥl, 125)
The way of wisdom is what must followed by a person, so if he sees that he shouldn’t confront this person he associates with [immediately] with al-inkār [prohibition of evil] and that he should hold off for a bit and then use al-inkār with him, then this is good.
Liqāʾ Al-Bāb Al-Maftūḥ, 7.