A man went to Ibn Abbas (ra) and said “O Ibn Abbas I want to enjoin people to do good and forbid them from doing evil.” Ibn Abbas said, “And have you reached that level?” He said, “I hope that that is so.” He said,”if you do not fear to be exposed by 3 verses of Allah’s book, then do so.” The man asked, “And what are they?” He mentioned this Verse.
Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture ! Have you then no sense? (Qur’an 2: 44)
And then asked, “Have you applied the implications of this Verse?” He said, “No.” Ibn Abbas then mentioned the second Verse:
O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do?Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do. (Qur’an 61:2-3)
After that he asked, “ Have you applied the implications of this Verse?” He said, “No.” He then mentioned the 3rd verse regarding Shu’aib (as):
And I do not intend to differ from you in that which I have forbidden you (Qur’an 11:88)
And then he asked, “ Have you applied the implications of this Verse?” He said, “No.” Ibn Abbas said, “Then begin with yourself.”
Gems and Jewels by Abdul Malik Mujahid