بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

PROPHETIC WARNINGS

PROPHETIC WARNINGS

Sent by: Br. Abu Ammar Khalil

Islam was revealed to protect the natural rights of all human beings, their inalienable rights to life, property, and freedom. Violating these rights for any reason without a just cause is a major sin and it is a betrayal of Islam if Muslims claim such injustice is legislated by the Quraan and Sunnah.

One reason we should be fearful of committing oppression is that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) will always respond to the supplication of an oppressed person.

Hadhrat Mu’aaz ibne Jabal reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

وَاتَّقِ دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ فَإِنَّهُ لَيْسَ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَ اللَّهِ حِجَابٌ

“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah.” (Bukhari)

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

ثَلَاثَةٌ لَا تُرَدُّ دَعْوَتُهُمْ الصَّائِمُ حَتَّى يُفْطِرَ وَالْإِمَامُ الْعَادِلُ وَدَعْوَةُ الْمَظْلُومِ يَرْفَعُهَا اللَّهُ فَوْقَ الْغَمَامِ وَيَفْتَحُ لَهَا أَبْوَابَ السَّمَاءِ وَيَقُولُ الرَّبُّ وَعِزَّتِي لَأَنْصُرَنَّكِ وَلَوْ بَعْدَ حِينٍ

“The supplications of three persons are never turned away: a fasting person until he breaks his fast, a just ruler, and the supplication of the oppressed which is raised by Allah above the clouds, the gates of heaven are opened for it, and the Lord says: By my might, I will help you in due time.”(At-Tirmizi)

Hadhrat Ibne ‘Umar reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

اتَّقُوا دَعَوَاتِ الْمَظْلُومِ فَإِنَّهَا تَصْعَدُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَأَنَّهَا شَرَارٌ

“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for it ascends to Allah as if it were a flare. (Al-Mustadrak)

Hadhrat ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, the Second Pious Caliph, said:

وَاتَّقِ دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ فَإِنَّ دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ مُجَابَةٌ

“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for the supplication of the oppressed is answered.” (Al-Muwattaa)

If we commit an act of oppression against someone, that person has a free supplication he can use against us. Will he ask Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) to punish us? Will he supplicate for evil against us? When we oppress him, we are actually turning ourselves over to his mercy, and oppressed people are not often interested in compassion or forgiveness for their oppressors.

On the other hand, if we ourselves are the victims of injustice, we can take comfort in the fact that we have a supplication that is guaranteed to be answered. We should use it to supplicate for goodness, rather than wasting it on vengeance.

The supplication of an oppressed person is always answered even if that person is an unbeliever or a sinner. Justice and the fulfillment of human rights are to be enjoyed by all people regardless of their religion.

Hadhrat Anas ibn Malik reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

اتَّقُوا دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ وَإِنْ كَانَ كَافِرًا فَإِنَّهُ لَيْسَ دُونَهَا حِجَابٌ

“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, even if he is an unbeliever, for there is no barrier between it and Allah. (Musnad Aḥmad)

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

دَعْوَةُ الْمَظْلُومِ مُسْتَجَابَةٌ وَإِنْ كَانَ فَاجِرًا فَفُجُورُهُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ

“The supplication of the oppressed is answered, even if he is wicked for his wickedness is only against himself. (Musnad Aḥmad)

A person’s religion, then, is absolutely no excuse to harm them in any way. Islam exalts justice as a universal value through which human beings must relate to one another and forbids the oppression of all people.

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) said:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَأۡمُرُ بِٱلۡعَدۡلِ وَٱلۡإِحۡسَٰنِ وَإِيتَآيِٕ ذِي ٱلۡقُرۡبَىٰ وَيَنۡهَىٰ عَنِ ٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ وَٱلۡمُنكَرِ وَٱلۡبَغۡيِۚ يَعِظُكُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَذَكَّرُونَ (90)

“Verily, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and he forbids immorality and bad conduct and transgression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. (An-Nahl 16:90)

And Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) said:

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٰمِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَآءَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِۖ وَلَا يَجۡرِمَنَّكُمۡ شَنَ‍َٔانُ قَوۡمٍ عَلَىٰٓ أَلَّا تَعۡدِلُواْۚ ٱعۡدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقۡرَبُ لِلتَّقۡوَىٰۖ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ (8)

“O you who believe! Be persistently standing firm for Allah as witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just, for that is nearer to righteousness. Fear Allah, for Allah is aware of what you do. (Al-Maaidah 5:8)

Al-Qurtubi comments on this Aayah (Verse), saying: “This Aayah shows that the unbelief of the unbeliever does not prevent him from enjoying justice.” (Tafseer al-Qurṭubi 5:8)

Hadhrat Abu Zarr reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

قال الله تبارك وتعالى يَا عِبَادِي إِنِّي حَرَّمْتُ الظُّلْمَ عَلَى نَفْسِي وَجَعَلْتُهُ بَيْنَكُمْ مُحَرَّمًا فَلَا تَظَالَمُوا

“Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) said: ‘O my servants! I have forbidden oppression for myself and I have made it forbidden among you, so do not oppress one another.’” (Muslim)

Hadhrat Jabir ibne Abdullah reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:

اتَّقُوا الظُّلْمَ فَإِنَّ الظُّلْمَ ظُلُمَاتٌ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ

“Beware of committing oppression, for oppression will be darkness on the Day of Qiyaamah (Resurrection). (Muslim)

The strength of the Muslim community is in its care for the natural rights of everyone including the weak, the wicked, and the hated. Justice is the true metric by which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) supports or rejects a community. If our community is weak, then we must critically examine our failure to fulfill justice.

Ibn Taymiyyah said: “Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) will support the just state even if it is led by unbelievers, but Allah will not support the oppressive state even if it is led by believers.” (Majmoo’ ul Fataawaa 28/63)

In sum, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) will always respond to the supplication of the oppressed even if the oppressed person is an unbeliever or sinner. Justice is a universal right for all people in Islam. People have the right to be protected in their lives, wealth, and freedom. If we fail to fulfill their rights, then we have surrendered our fate to their supplication.

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.