Amr Bil Ma’roof-Nahy Anil Munkar (Commanding righteousness and prohibiting evil) remains a Waajib injunction on all Muslims in terms of their respective rights and power of jurisdiction over their subordinates.
Abandonment of this compulsory obligation is an invocation for the chastisement of Allah Ta’ala. In our time this obligation has been largely abandoned by the Ulama.
Even sincere Ulama have opted for silence in the face of the evil and corruption of the Muslim community. Their silence becomes more deafening and eerie when fellow Molvis innovate bid’ah and indulge in corruption in the name of Islam. While the sincere Ulama acknowledge the evil and error of their evil counterparts, they opt for silence which they incorrectly justify as being hikmat (wisdom).
Such silence is never wisdom. If these Ulama who have abandoned their duty reflect and make an honest appraisal of their hearts, they will not fail to discern the satanic thief lurking within them. Their silence is motivated by an inordinate unjustified fear for ’controversy’.
Their ’hikmat’ constrains them to rather court Allah’s displeasure. They believe that it is better to perpetrate Kitmaanul Haq (Concealment of the truth of the Deen) than to antagonise their Molvi acquaintances. They fear the slightest ripple of controversy which the proclamation of the Haq necessarily brings in its wake.
They conveniently overlook that the greatest controversy in this world was ignited by Muhammadur Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with his Message of Tauheed. Indeed this confounded argument of ’hikmat’ has become the standard reaction for justifying concealment of the truth and abstention from Amr Bil Ma’roof and a convenient way to justify one’s weakness.
Even when there appears to be no hope of reformation, it remains the incumbent obligation of the Ulama-e-Haqq to proclaim the truth and to fight bid’ah and dhalaal. When the Ulama-e-Haqq of Bani Israaeel persisted with their Amr Bil Ma’roof, a group of people enquired about the ‘hikmat’ of offering naseehat when there appears no hope of redemption. The Qur’aan Majeed presents the response of the Ulama as follows:
"When a group among them said: ‘Why do you admonish a people whom Allah will destroy or inflict a severe punishment on them’, they (the Ulama) said: ‘So that (we can present an) argument to your Rabb, or perhaps they may (still) fear (and renounce their evil)."
The ‘argument’ in this context is a reference to the discharge of the duty of Amr Bil ma’roof. If on the Day of Qiyaamah the Ulama are interrogated regarding their duty, those who had correctly acquitted themselves by upholding the obligation of Amr Bil Ma’roof, will have a valid argument in their defence.