the hadith I have recited: “Goodness is the thing
that brings your heart to peace and what you
are comfortable with. Evil is the thing that
makes you feel uneasy, doubtful, suspicious, and anxious even if people gave you a fatwa.” 1
Honorable Believers! Goodness means to have faith in Allah, in the Last Day, in the angels, in the divine books,
and in the prophets, as expressed by the Holy Qur’an, which is the guide of our lives. It means
to ensure one’s faith is accompanied by good
deeds. It means to spend from one’s lovedproperties for the close ones, for the orphan, for the poor, for those who were lost in a journey and, in short, for all those in need. It means to perform prayer, to pay alms, and to keep a given
promise. It means to show patience in straitened circumstances, in illness, and in wartime, and to be thankful to Allah in wealth and health. 2
Muslims are aware that they can be considered good only when they spend what they love most in Allah’s cause. They fight against evil by inviting to good and by increasing goodness. They take the following
commandment of Allah as their mantra for life, “And not equal are the good deed and the bad.
Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him
is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” 3 Honorable Believers! It is deeply saddening that evil is all over the world today and those investing in it cause great sufferings for humanity. Muslims are exposed to oppression, pressure, and violence in the oppressed corners of the Islamic geography. Particularly, women and children who are squirming in despair, imprisoned, forced to migrate are breaking our hearts despite the fact.
Every good deed done, even if small, is precious. One can do many good deeds wit one’s hand, tongue, asset, knowledge, and
experience. Even if small as the size of a date palm, the Almighty Allah (swt)makes it larger as
Mount Uhud, as long as humans favor the good and take the side of the good, endeavor to let the
good prevail the world by standing against the evil, wars, poverty, and violence. In this respect,
the Messenger of Allah (saw) says, “He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue, and if he has not strength enough to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith.” 4
Let us follow in the footsteps of the good, the betterment, the justice, and the compassion Let us stand against the evil, the depravement, the oppression, the sedition, and the violence. It is the good that will change the world and save the future. Let us not forget that Allah (swt), the Lord of the Worlds, will certainly support those who endeavor to spread the good in the world,and will never leave them alone, nor unaided.