{“O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves. If you follow the right guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who are in error…”} [al-Ma’idah; 105]

Abi Tha’labah said:

“By Allah, I asked the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) about this.And, he (s.a.w.) said:

“Rather, what this means is enjoin the good and prevent the bad until you see

  • people succumb to covetousness (greed)
  • follow their desires,
  • become corrupted by the worldly life,
  • every one impressed with his own opinion,

and you see that there is nothing else you can do. At that point,

  • take care of yourself
  • and don’t worry about the affair of the general populace,


  • there are indeed ahead of you days that require patience.
  • Whoever is patient during those days will be like someone holding to a burning coal. 
  • And the one who does this from them will have the reward of fifty men who do what he is doing.”

The Companions asked: “Messenger of Allah, the reward of fifty of those with him?” He said:

“The reward of fifty of you.

(Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah)