RNA – Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Educational and Scientific Guidance Centre at Qom’s Qods Prayer Hall, Ayatollah Hasan Mamdouhi, a member of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, referred to the enemies’ propaganda attacks against the Islamic society and beliefs and stated, “Today, there are more than 180,000 anti-Shi’ah and anti-religion bases working against Shi’ism and Islam. What have we done? We have to explain this issue to the people. For this reason, the duty of the missionaries in this situation is doubled.”
His Eminence said that the Islamic concept of “enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong” is an example of democracy and said, “Democracy means the rule of a government of the people over the people. Enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong means rule of a government of the people over the people and the people themselves are lords of each other but today some of the people consider enjoining the good as impeding freedom.”
Ayatollah Mamdouhi noted, “Enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong is one of the most progressive principles of Islamic society that must be institutionalized in society. In the democracy that is advocated by jurists today, 51% can dominate over 49% of the people of society and if 49% don’t accept the opinion of the other 51%, they should not be excluded from the system of citizenship.”
He added, “While Islam defines democracy through enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong so that all people are sensitive and supervise one another. Enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong isn’t reserved to the streets and the issue of hijab but rather it must also exist in universities, hospitals, among physicians and all strata of society.”
Ayatollah Mamdouhi noted, “Sometimes people, due to their lack of knowledge regarding enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong, consider it at against freedom while this is not the case.”
“Enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong” are two important Islamic commandments and make up two of the ten Furu’ al-Din (Ancillaries of the Faith) and is based on the command of the Holy Quran: “There has to be a nation among you summoning to the good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong. It is they who are the felicitous” [3:104].
“Enjoining the good” means encouraging people to do what is good. Good is anything that has been approved in shari’ah law.
“Forbidding the wrong” means forbidding evil by discouraging people from doing what is wrong.
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