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It is Not Permissible to Violate the Honour or Wealth of a Non Muslim – Shaykh Fawzaan

Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan was asked:

(The questioner) is asking about interactions and oppressing/assaulting the non-Muslim in non-Muslim countries because they are disbelievers and are at war with the religion and it’s people, so what is the ruling on this?

Watch the full video for the answers of the Shaykh!


Do Not Oppress your Family, Your Wife or Others – Shaykh ‘Abdul Azīz b. Bāz

Do Not Oppress your Family, Your Wife or Others. – Shaykh ‘Abdul Azīz b. Bāz

Oppression is from the most disgusting, despicable of major sins, it’s evil consequences Allāh (The Glorified) has informed us of in His Tremendous Book:

وَمَن يَظْلِم مِّنكُمْ نُذِقْهُ عَذَابًا كَبِيرًا

And whoever among you does wrong, We shall make him taste a great torment. (Al-Furqān: 19)

And Allāh says:

وَالظَّالِمُونَ مَا لَهُم مِّن وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ

And the Dhālimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.) will have neither a Wali (protector) nor a helper. (Ash-Shūra: 8)

Hence, oppression is a great evil and it has evil consequences, the Messenger (sallāhu alayhi wa salam) said:

“Fear oppression for indeed oppression is darkness on the day of resurrection.” (Muslim)

Furthermore, Allāh has said in a Hadīth Qudsī (which is narrated by the Prophet (sallāhu alayhi wa salam)):

“Oh my servant! Indeed I have forbidden oppression upon myself and between you, so do not oppress.” (Muslim)

Therefore, it is obligatory to be cautious of perpetrating oppression to any of the people, whether it be your family, your wife, your brothers, your children, your mother, your father, your neighbours and other than them.

Likewise, do not oppress your employees, give them their wages in full, every month (for e.g.) give him or her their wages.

Give everyone who has a right upon you; your children, your wife and other than them; their rights.

The intent in being cautious regarding oppression of the people is because indeed Allāh has made sacred the blood, honour and wealth of the Muslims.

So, the Muslim takes himself to account and fears his Lord, so do not oppress anyone, not their honour or their wealth, regardless of whether they are close to you or not.

Paraphrased from Shaykh ‘Abdul Azīz ibn Bāz:


[Part 4] Tips for Patience on the Oppression of Others Upon You – Ibn Taymiyyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The conclusion to the advice of Ibn Taymiyyah for those afflicted by oppression and splintered hearts desiring revenge….

“The servant must also be aware that if he has been oppressed due to some action he performed for the sake of Allah, or upon performing some commandment or refraining from some prohibition, then patience is obligatory upon him, and seeking revenge is not correct for him. For indeed [in such a scenario] he has been harmed and oppressed for the sake of Allah and so his reward is with Allah.

Similarly the servant must recognise that taking revenge may actually cause a greater harm, since the oppressor may return with a greater oppression therafter, such that you are unable to defend yourself and repel it. Therefore, the intelligent one does not choose the greater of the evils [i.e. by taking revenge and causing greater oppression upon himself], and how often is it seen that the one who takes revenge causes greater harm to come to him and he cannot repel it.

Thereafter, refraining from seeking revenge causes humility,shame and regret to befall the oppressor, as well the blameworthiness of the people upon him [since they will recognise the honour you have demonstrated by not seeking revenge upon his wrongdoing]. That may cause him to become an ally to you! This is the meaning of the statement of Allah in Suratul Fussilat 34-35, “Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allah ordered the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly), then verily! he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend. But none is granted it (the above quality) except those who are patient, and none is granted it except the owner of the great portion (of the happiness in the Hereafter i.e. Paradise and in this world of a high moral character).”

Similarly, pardoning the oppressor causes him to inwardly sense that he is lower in honour than the one who he oppressed, and that will remain within him if the oppressed does not take revenge…and that is enough as a nobility for the oppressed to refrain from revenge.

Also be aware that this oppression that has occurred is either a means of expiating some sins or raising the oppressed in rank, however if he fails to remain patient and take revenge then he recieves neither of those. As for the one who does not demonstrate patience and habitualises himself upon seeking revenge for himself, then inevitably he will fall into oppression himself, since the emotion of anger [due to burning desire for revenge] exits a person from a state of understanding what he says and does, and so he may eventually end up taking more than his right.

Finally, if the oppressed one pardons and overlooks the wrongdoing then that is an action of goodness, which will then lead him onto performing another act of goodness, and then another and so on since from the reward of a good deed is the ability to perform more good deeds, and so his good deeds continue to increase…and this may become the cause for his saviour and happiness for eternity.”

[جامع المسائل لشيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية]…[via Sahab]


[Part1] Tips for Patience on the Oppression of Others Upon You – Ibn Taymiyyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In that which follows is an advice from the jewels of Shaikh-ul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله تعالى in placing at ease and rest the mind of the one oppressed or harmed by others, taken from Jaami’ul Masaa’il.

“The servant of Allah testifies to his own sins, and that Allah has allowed them [those who oppressed him/her] to overcome him and oppress him due to his own sinning, just as Allah stated in Surah as-Shoora:30, “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much”. So if the servant realises that all of that which has afflicted him from evil and disliked affairs is due to his own sinning, he will then [consequently] preoccupy his time with seeking forgiveness and repentance from the sins by way of which the oppressors overcame him – instead of using his time to blame, dispraise and criticise the ones who oppressed him.

And if you see an individual criticising the people due to them having harmed him, and not returning and examining himself with blameworthiness [i.e. his sins] and seeking forgiveness, then be informed that his calamity is a true calamity in reality. If, however, he repents [from his own sinning] and seeks forgiveness and accepts it is due to his own sins what has occurred to him, then the situation becomes a blessing for him. ‘Ali ibn abi Talib رضي الله عنه stated, “No calamity befalls except by way of sin, and no calamity is removed except by way of repentance”.

Thereafter, the servant recognises the great reward Allah promised for the one who pardons and is patient, as Allah stated in Surah as-Shoora:40, “The recompense for an evil is an evil like thereof, but whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah. Verily, He likes not the Zalimun (oppressors, polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”.

And the people are of 3 categories in reclaiming rights of oppression, 1- an oppressor [himself] by taking back greater than his due right, or 2- an individual who takes back in justice equal to his due right, or 3- an individual who pardons, overlooks and leaves his due right. All three are mentioned in the ayat, the beginning referring to those who take back equally, the middle for those who pardon, and then the end for those who oppress in over-taking rights back. And so if the servant realises the reward [for the one who pardons] is no longer applicable if he takes revenge, it [should] become easier to understand the virtue of overlooking and demonstrating patience”.

[Part 2 to follow insha’Allah]