Muhammad Bazmoul: When Not Forbidding a Wrong is the Right Thing to Do



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.