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Calling Others to Virtue


Throughout history, Prophets and believers have invited people to God's path and virtue. They told people about God, the Hereafter, Paradise and Hell, and morality, and called on them to live according to His will. One verse commands: "Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition" (Qur'an, 16:125). Other verses commend those who call others to God and virtue:

Let there be a community among you who call to the good, enjoin the right, and forbid the wrong. They are the ones who have success. (Qur'an, 3:104) Those who repent, those who worship, those who praise, those who fast, those who bow, those who prostrate, those who command the right, those who forbid the wrong, and those who preserve the limits set by God [for humanity]: give good news to the believers. (Qur'an, 9:112) The Qur'an refers to the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) who were given books of revelation by God and mentions that genuine Jews and Christians called others to virtue as well:

They are not all the same. There is a community among the People of the Book who are upright. They recite God's Signs throughout the night, and they prostrate. They believe in God and the Last Day, enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and compete in doing good. They are among the righteous. (Qur'an, 3:113-14)

Jesus' (pbuh) and his Disciples' lives are a good example of this. As the Bible relates:

And will give our attention to prayer and spreading the word of God. (Acts, 6:4) My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James, 5:19-20)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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