Indeed, the subject for this treatise is extremely important and most deserving of being studied closely and attentively.
This treatise deals with a summary of the etiquettes of giving advice, while covering many of its key points, and it warns against what corrupts it and changes it from its pure form – which is condemning.
And in this country, how much are the Muslims in need of understanding this subject and of transferring it into practical application in their daily affairs.
Truly, the way towards solving the problems, disputes and divisions that have spread in many masjids and Islaamic centers can only be achieved by knowing the “Difference between Advising and Condemning.”
Many people turn towards backbiting as a result of their abandonment of implementing the etiquette of advising. So when they advise, they in reality degrade, belittle and condemn.
And others leave off advising people in a direct manner, instead criticizing them from a distance, without realizing the consequences that come as a result of that.
So due to all of this, we strongly advise our Muslim brothers to read this noble treatise and gain benefit from it. And we ask Allaah that He grant us the ability to do all that He loves and is pleased with.
For The Salafi Society of North America
On August 2000
Author: al-Haafidh Zayn-ud-Deen Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee
Translator: Abu Maryam Isma’eel Alarcon