TOPIC: ISLAMIC INJUNCTION AGAINST INJUSTICE
Audhu billah minash shaytanir rajeem Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem. Alhamdu lil laahi Rabbil aalameen. Was salatu was salamu ala nabiyyillah Muhammad al Mab’uthi rahmatan lil aalameen
One of the things making peace elusive in the world is injustice and until human beings do away with it a peaceful world will continue to be a mirage. This is why Islam preaches against injustice.
What is injustice? It can be defined as:
Want of fairness or equity
Violation of another person’s rights
Exceeding the limits
To be physically aggressive towards a person or his property
To work harm on man or animal
Types of injustice
To do oneself injustice by indulging into lusts and neglecting one’s duties and incriminating oneself with different kinds of sins, crimes and vices. (Q 16:33)
Doing an injustice unto one’s God by disbelieving Him. (Q2:254,31:13)
Doing injustice unto fellow human beings through devouring their people’s money falsely, acting aggressively against them by assault, insult or abuse. (Q4:10,36 and 2:177)
Some relevant Qur’an portions may include: Who does greater wrong than he who fabricates lies about Allah? These will be presented before their Lord, and the witnesses will say, “These are they who lied about their Lord.” Indeed, the curse of Allah is upon the wrongdoers.Q11:18, Do not ever think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only defers them until a Day when the sights stare. 14:42, Except for those who believe, and do good deeds, and remember Allah frequently, and defend themselves after they are wronged. As for those who do wrong, they will know by what overturning they will be overturned. 26:227, Blame lies on those who wrong people, and commit aggression in the land without right. These will have a painful punishment.42:42 and Such is the grip of your Lord when He seizes the towns in the midst of their sins. His grip is most painful, most severe.11:102
Some Hadith relevant to the topic:
n According to Abu Hurayrah (RTA) the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: whoso has caused grievance to his brother as regards his honour or his property should straighten up such grievances now before having to be exacted out of him on a day when money will be of no value. If he has a fund of good deeds they will be deducted by as much as the amount of his wrong doing. If he hasn’t the victim’s ill deeds will be added to his own.
According to Abu Musa Al ashari (RTA), the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Allah the Exalted gives a respite for the offender, but once he decides to punish him He will not let him go. Then he recited: such is the chastisement of thy lord when He chastises communities in the midst of their wrong: grievous indeed, and severe is His chastisement. (Huud:102) ……………
According to Jabir (RTA), the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Beware of injustice as it incurs darkness on the day of resurrection. Beware of covetousness as it destroyed people who came before you.it made them shed their blood and commit the forbidden.
Also relevant are the sayings of our righteous ancestors. Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (RTA) said: The top of justice is to help the injusticed. Umar Ibn Abdil Azeez (RTA) said that: If your power induces you to oppress people, then remember the power of Allah. Finally, Sufyan Ath Thawry (RTA) said that: To meet Allah, the Exalted with seventy offenses between you and Him is less grave for you than to meet Him bearing one guilt you committed against another of His servants.
May Allah make it easy for us to abstain from injustice to Him, ourselves and to our fellow human beings.