It is Permissible to Supplicate Against Oppressors – Be it Against The Oppressive Ones Amongst Banee Israa’eel or Others

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] stated:

Brothers, the actions, disbelief and evil of the Yahood [i.e. those amongst them who rebel against Allaah and His Prophets] is well known, even (with regards) to (their relationship) with their Prophets. They killed their Prophets, and (also) is that which happened to Kaleemullaah Moosaa [peace be upon him]- that which Allaah has related in the Qur’aan (regarding) the story of Moosaa and Haaroon [peace be upon them]. The character, disbelief, misguidance and evil of the Yahood [i.e. those amongst them who rebel against the command of Allaah and His Prophets] is well known, even towards their Prophets; but what is obligated on us (Muslims) is that we ponder and rectify our deviated affairs and repent to Allaah, because the Yahood have not gained the upper hand against us except due to our sins. Why is it that we do not hear anyone addressing and admonishing the Muslims, whilst saying to them, ‘What has happened to you is (nothing else), but as a result of you turning away from the religion of Allaah and negligence in the affairs of the religion; so repent to Allaah in order that Allaah may aid you and avert the plot of the plotters from you’. We do not hear except insult, abuse and supplication against the Yahood, but this should be substituted with supplicating to Allaah to rectify the Muslims and to make them steadfast, mention to the Muslims that they should repent and return to Allaah, and rectify their religious (adherence) for the sake of Allaah. This is the first obligation.

As for supplication against an oppressor-be it the Yahood or other than them, there is nothing wrong with this. It is legislated to supplicate against the one who oppress you with the Sharee’ah supplications- the supplications that are found in the Book (i.e. The Qur’aan) and the Sunnah. But before supplicating against them, you should supplicate to Allaah to rectify the Muslims and to make the Muslims steadfast upon their Religion and return them to the truth. Advise, address and admonish (them) regarding Allaah [i.e. obedience to Allaah]. This is what is obligatory. [Al-Ijaabaatul Muhimmah Fil Mashaakil Al-Mulimmah. page: 202. slightly paraphrased]

Muslim Governments Oppose The Oppressive Behaviour of Oppressive Ones Amongst Banee Israa’eel 

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