Sufyan on Enjoining: Forbid evil with gentleness, justice, knowledge

Al-Khallal reported: Sufyan al-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “There is no enjoining good or forbidding evil except for one who has three qualities: gentleness in what he enjoins and forbids, justice in what he enjoins and forbids, and knowledge of what he enjoins and forbids.”

Source: al-Amr bil-Maʻrūf wa Nahy ʻan al-Munkar 32

عَنِ الخَلَّال قال سفيان الثوري رحمه الله لا يَأْمُرُ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَلا يَنْهَى عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ إِلا مَنْ كَانَ فِيهِ خِصَالٌ ثَلاثٌ رَفِيقٌ بِمَا يَأْمُرُ رَفِيقٌ بِمَا يَنْهَى عَدْلٌ بِمَا يَأْمُرُ عَدْلٌ بِمَا يَنْهَى عَالِمٌ بِمَا يَأْمُرُ عَالِمٌ بِمَا يَنْهَى

32 الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر للخلال