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(2:44) Do ye enjoin right while forget yourselves?

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Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (To practise it) yourselves, and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?

According to the Study Quran,

“Depending on context, the term rendered piety (birr) has the sense of
goodness, kindness, loyalty, sincerity, or obedience. For piety, see also 2:177,
189; 3:92. The “pious” (abrār) are often mentioned in connection with heavenly
rewards (3:193; 76:5; 82:13). Piety in this verse can mean obedience to God as
well as prayer and alms. Some mention that it could refer to acknowledgment of
the Prophet’s mission or to the previous warning to the Arabs that a prophet
would be sent among them (R). Recite here can also mean “study” (Ṭ)”

Narrated Abu Wail:

Somebody said to Usama, “Will you go to so-and-so (i.e. `Uthman) and talk to him (i.e. advise him regarding ruling the country)?” He said, “You see that I don’t talk to him. Really I talk to (advise) him secretly without opening a gate (of affliction), for neither do I want to be the first to open it (i.e. rebellion), nor will I say to a man who is my ruler that he is the best of all the people after I have heard something from Allah s Apostle .” They said, What have you heard him saying? He said, “I have heard him saying, “A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and thrown in the (Hell) Fire, so that his intestines will come out, and he will go around like a donkey goes around a millstone. The people of (Hell) Fire will gather around him and say: O so-and-so! What is wrong with you? Didn’t you use to order us to do good deeds and forbid us to do bad deeds? He will reply: Yes, I used to order you to do good deeds, but I did not do them myself, and I used to forbid you to do bad deeds, yet I used to do them myself.”


Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 3267
In-book reference : Book 59, Hadith 77
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 489
  (deprecated numbering scheme)

Nasr, Hossein (2015). Study Quran.

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