The Evil Consequences Of Not Forbidding The Evil, By Shaykh Hamad Bin ‘Atiq
And a trustworthy person told me that Shaykh al-Islam, the leader of the da’wah in Najd (Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab), once said:
I saw some people sitting in the mosque with their Qur’ans, reciting and weeping. However, they didn’t enjoin the good if they saw it and they didn’t prevent evil if they saw it. I saw people sitting near them saying: “These are the source of benefit,” and I said: “These are the source of disgrace.” Someone heard me and said: “You can’t say they are a source of disgrace!” So, I replied to him: “They are blind and mute.”
And this is supported by what some of the Salaf said:
The one who is silent about the truth is a silent devil, while the one who speaks falsehood is a speaking devil.
So, if the one who compromises by remaining silent comes to know that he is from the most hated of people to Allah even if he thinks he is good, he would speak openly. And if the one who seeks the approval and pleasure of people came to know that by not speaking out against their evil that those who fall into major sins are better with Allah than him – even if he assumes himself to be religious – he would repent from his compromise and would retreat from it. And if the one who is stingy with his tongue from openly proclaiming the command of Allah came to know that he is a silent devil even if he fasts, prays, and is a zahid, he would do all that he could to avoid being similar to Satan.
[Taken from “ad-Durar as-Saniyyah” of Hamad bin ‘Atiq an-Najdi, 8/75-79]