t is a grave error for someone who sees the suffering which people inflict on one another, who is aware of and distressed by the immorality, ruthlessness and lack of faith all around, who wishes to see a society full of peace and love, to remain inactive. Every human being must contribute, to the extent of his or her powers, be they great or small, to the dissemination and adoption of the moral values of the Qur'an, the sole solution to evil, and must strive to do good deeds.

In the present day, Muslims must explain the moral values of the Qur'an to other people, paying no attention to others' approval nor what they might say, and "having no fear of the condemnation of those who condemn them," in line with the Sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh). This is moral and godly behavior of which Allah approves and which He rewards with paradise. Our Prophet (pbuh) has told Muslims to comply with that stipulation:

Convey my teaching to the people even if it were a single sentence. (Bukhari)

However, Satan will always be an obstacle in the path of everyone who seeks to act for the good, and will seek to make them abandon that intention. One of the doubts which Satan may instill in the minds of people who strive to do good is the idea "What good will my efforts do?". A person may regard himself as weak and powerless in the face of the wickedness, cruelty, conflict and slaughter in the world. Yet the truth is very different. First of all, no human being can bring peace, security, love, compassion, tolerance, humanity, friendship and understanding to prevail in the world. Neither the individual, nor society, nor any other force can manage this. It is our Almighty Lord, He Who knows what people say and think in their hearts, Who will bring this about.

The endeavors that believers make in this direction are an indication of their pure and devout intentions. It may be that good words said by one person, another's tolerant attitude, patience or fortitude will inspire others and turn their hearts towards the moral values of the Qur'an, thus increasing the ranks of the good. These are part of the endeavors made by the faithful as their service of our Lord. However, it must not be forgotten that it is Allah Who will strengthen the good and cause goodness to prevail in the world. The idea "What good can I do?" is thus a misgiving inspired by Satan, and those who listen to it are avoiding their responsibilities.

There is a great deal that every individual possessed of proper moral values and conscience can do on behalf of goodness. For instance, when a heavy load is to be lifted, if only four out of 15 people standing around actually pick it up and the others just say "We are weak, what good will it do if we help?" it is clear that this is not a correct attitude. If, however, all those 15 people help with the load to the full extent of their individual abilities, then the burden on the first four will be lightened considerably. What counts is not how much a person does, but how he or she uses his strength.

In the Qur'an Allah has revealed that He will never impose a burden on anyone which he or she is unable to bear, and has indeed lightened the burden of the good:

Such people are truly racing towards good things, and they are the first to reach them. We do not impose on any self any more than it can stand. With Us there is a Book which speaks the truth. They will not be wronged. (Qur'an, 23: 61-62)


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