Allah commands justice and forbids injustice

By: Imam Lavdrim Hamja – Kenosha, November 11, 2011

Full Praise is to God, who raised the heavens and laid the earth and put justice in them. Glory and Greatness be to Him alone, who says in the Glorious Quran:

وَإِذَا قُلْتُمْ فَاعْدِلُوا وَلَوْ كَانَ ذَا قُرْبَىٰ ۖ وَبِعَهْدِ اللَّـهِ أَوْفُوا ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُم بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ ﴿١٥٢﴾

“And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember.”(En’nam: 152)

Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet of mankind, the Prophet of justice and mercy, Muhammad, who ordered us saying:

«اتقوا الظلم؛ فإن الظلم ظلمات يوم القيامة» (رواه مسلم

 “Do not commit injustice, because injustice is darkness in the Day of Judgment.” (Muslim)

Peace and blessings be upon his pure family, upon his companions who walked righteously in that path and upon all of those who pursue his righteous path until the Day of Judgment.

Almighty God with the revelation of the Quran brought justice on earth while considering the distribution of justice a goal of all Divine messages:

لَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا رُسُلَنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ وَأَنزَلْنَا مَعَهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْمِيزَانَ لِيَقُومَ النَّاسُ بِالْقِسْطِ

 “We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice.” (Hadid: 25)

Justice in which heavens and earth were raised, therefore injustice is contrary to all divine messages.

Our messenger, Muhammad told us that Allah (xh.sh) says in one Qudsi hadith:

عن أبي ذر الغفاري رضي الله عنه عن النبيصلى الله عليه وسلمفيما يرويه عن ربه عز وجل أنه قال : ( ياعبادي إني حرمت الظلم على نفسي وجعلته بينكم محرما فلا تظالموا

“O my servants! I have forbidden injustice to Myself and have forbidden that for you as well, then do not commit injustice to each other”. (Muslim)

While reading the Quran we understand that injustice is the root of all evil, for this God Almighty does not like unjust people and it will not guide the unjust. Unjust people are the inhabitants of hell :

“And Then We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.” (19: 72)

“So those are their houses, desolate because of the wrong they had done. Indeed in that is a sign for people who know.” (Neml: 52)

And those cities – We destroyed them when they wronged, and We made for their destruction an appointed time.” (Kehf: 59)

“Such is the punishment of your Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His punishment is painful, and severe.” (Hud: 102)

“So the people that committed wrong were eliminated. And praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds.” (En’nam:45)

There are countless verses in the Quran that forbid a Muslim to commit injustice, or to assist the wrongdoers to commit injustice:

وَلَا تَرْكَنُوا إِلَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا فَتَمَسَّكُمُ النَّارُ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـهِ مِنْ أَوْلِيَاءَ ثُمَّ لَا تُنصَرُونَ ﴿١١٣﴾

“And do not incline toward those who do wrong, lest you be touched by the Fire, and you would not have other than Allah any protectors; then you would not be helped.” (Hud: 113)

Further, to side with the injustices with our hearts, or to be silent towards injustice is forbidden in all categories, because this takes you towards the destruction of nations and peoples.

Respected brothers and sisters, let us see the difference between justice and injustice, between those Muslim leaders, in which in their works they are inspired by the word of God and His Messenger and some other leaders of our times today, who oppress and torture their own people only to maintain their dictatorial powers.

Let us begin with Abu Bakr, the closest and the most beloved to Prophet Muhammad, which once he took his duty as a leader of the Muslims said with total conviction as follows:

أما بعد أيها الناس فإني قد وليت عليكم ولست بخيركم، فإن أحسنت فأعينوني، وإن أسأت فقوموني، الصدق أمانة،والكذب خيانة،أطيعوني ما أطعت الله ورسوله، فإذا عصيت الله ورسوله فلا طاعة لي عليكم“.

 “O people, I have been elected a leader, but I am no better then you. If I do good then help me with that, but if I do bad then straighten me. Sincerity is a trust, while lying is a betrayal. Obey me as long as I obey God and His Messenger, but if I do not obey God and His Messenger, then it is not a duty upon you to obey me.”

While the recent developments, or as it is known otherwise the “Arab Spring” it shows clearly and openly that today’s leaders, not only they do not utter words as Abu Bakr did, but they have shown again and again destroying the land and spill the blood of the people while killing and massacring hundreds and thousands, only to maintain in power. Even though the people have risen to protest against them, they, the leaders still continue with their lies saying: “People like us, but those who protest are traitors”.

Umer Ibn Hatab, of which the Prophet have said: “The truth is with Umer, wherever he might be”, he feared injustice towards people, further, even towards the animals he believed that he will give an account in front of God, saying: “If an animal were to fall in Iraq, I fear that God will ask me: O Umer, why didn’t you fix the road for that animal?”

While the today’s leaders, while the whole world denounces these killings of hundreds and thousands, among them children, they still continue with their misleading propaganda. We fight to protect the country.

Umer In Hatab, the leader in who’s hand came the wealth of the world, before he died said to his son, Abdullah Ibn Umer “O my son, see if you are able pay the debt of your father!” So, he died with debts. While today we hear of staggering figures, of which the leaders of the so called muslim countries have stolen from their people, 50, 70, 100’s of billions God knows how much they have taken and stolen.

Umer ibn Abdulaziz, the fifth righteous Muslim Khalifa, when someone said to him: If you were to give to your family as you give to your administrators? He replied: I will not neglect their fairness which belongs to them nor will I give them the fairness of someone else.

While today, the families of the leaders benefit and collect millions and millions of money on the backs of the poor people.

But, God is just and He does not forget, but he gives respite until His punishment catches with them, then he cannot escape God’s punishment. The Prophet (a.s) has told us about this while saying:

وعن أبي موسى الأشعري رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «إن الله ليملي للظالم، حتى إذاأخذه لم يفلته، ثم قرأ: {وكذلك أخذ ربك إذا أخذ القرى وهي ظالمة إن أخذه أليم شديد} » (رواه البخاري ومسلم).

 “Indeed God gives some time to the unjust but when He punishes him there is no escape, then the prophet read: “Such is the punishment of your Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His punishment is painful, and severe.” (Hud: 102)

Brothers and sisters, Injustice is of 3 kinds:

1. Injustice towards the Creator, God, which is the greatest injustice. God tells us in the Quran this kind of injustice saying ” Indeed shirk is a great sin and injustice” and “The curse of God be upon the wrongdoers”.

تِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللّهِ فَلاَ تَعْتَدُوهَا وَمَن يَتَعَدَّ حُدُودَ اللّهِ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ)

“These are the limits of Allah, so do not transgress them. And whoever transgresses the limits of Allah – it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (Bakare: 229)

2. Injustice towards people:

وَجَزَاء سَيِّئَةٍ سَيِّئَةٌ مِّثْلُهَا فَمَنْ عَفَا وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَجْرُهُ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ} (سورة الشورى:40) ، وبقوله: {إِنَّمَاالسَّبِيلُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَظْلِمُونَ النَّاسَ وَيَبْغُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ أُوْلَئِكَ لَهُم عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ}

“And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah. Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers.” (Shura: 40) and “The cause is only against the ones who wrong the people and tyrannize upon the earth without right. Those will have a painful punishment.” (Shura: 42)

3. Injustice to yourself

“Then of them are some who wrong their own selves.” (Fatir: 32) While Musa addresses God saying: “My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me.”(Kasas: 16) in fact all these injustices are injustices to ourselves, because when a person transgresses he in fact has transgresses against himself and no one else.

وَمَن قُتِلَ مَظْلُومًا فَقَدْ جَعَلْنَا لِوَلِيِّهِ سُلْطَانًا فَلَا يُسْرِف فِّي الْقَتْلِ ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ مَنصُورًا ﴿٣٣﴾

“And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported[by the law]. (Isra: 33)

This is the law of God for every Muslim who believes in Him, he who believes in Him must implement it. But, day and again we see that the Muslim society is infected by their tyrannical leaders and they pass from doing wrong to one person to the masses, they return evil with evil and this is totally forbidden in Islam.

When people seek and protest to gain their rights with transgression then they will not have the help and assistance of God, that is why we see transgression and injustice, specifically in the Muslim world continues for months and years. This is in no way from God’s wisdom to destroy one transgressor and to bring and army of transgressors. Injustice does not help the people, which have been oppressed for years.

We know that the Prophet have said:”The best war is the right or the best word to your leader who is a transgressor”, however the Prophet have not said to burn, loot, break, destroy everything with a pretext of overthrowing unjust leaders. In Islam it is forbidden to massacre people and the dead bodies and it is not befitting for a Muslim to boast on such things which are contrary to the laws of God. I pray to God Almighty to help the oppressed people and to guide them in the straight path, far from transgression and injustice.

Brothers and sisters, this is an important topic and indeed fundamental to every Muslim, but time does not permit to continue any further but I will close this speech by bringing you the Quranic verse, where God says:”

“Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. (90)” (Nahl: 90)

May God protect us from injustice and transgression and may He guide us in goodness and justice. AMIN!

 

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