My Religion Has Taught Me…
…that the purpose of ordering right and forbidding wrong is to make [things] right.
So if it doesn’t lead to [that], it leads to making things bad; then [in that case], it would be an act of wrongdoing.
And [the principle] of the less harmful of two things being the more pleasing affirms that.
- So it may be that leaving a wrong [to continue without forbidding or stopping it] is [itself] the right thing to do.
- While forbidding [or stopping] a wrong is [itself] the wrong thing to do.
Consider the ḥadīth of the bedouin urinating in a part of the mosque and the Messenger ﷺ stopping the Companions from forbidding his wrongdoing:
- His urinating in the mosque was an act of wrongdoing
- The Companions wanted to forbid the wrongdoing
- The Messenger ﷺ stopped them from forbidding this wrongdoing because a greater wrongdoing would come out of that.
So it turned out that the right thing to do was to leave the wrong [to continue without forbidding or stopping it], since it was the lesser of two harms.
N.B.: Title mine (Trans.)
‘Alā Judrān al-Faysbūk. Dār al-Mīrāth al-Nabawī. Issue 2, pp. 53-4.