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Virtues and Vices, Commanding and Forbidding
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Forms of the phrase al- amr bi-l-maʿrūf wa-l-nahy ʿani l-munkar, literally “commanding right and forbidding wrong” (hereafter usually abbreviated as “forbidding wrong”) appear eight times in the Qurʾān. Just what is intended in the relevant qurʾānic passages is somewhat unclear, and the exegetes interpret them in more than one way. By far the most widespread interpretation relates them to the duty of the indi…

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Cook, Michael, “Virtues and Vices, Commanding and Forbidding”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00212>

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