Justice in Islam

Dina Essawy

06 Oct 2018

Islam teaches us to treat each other justly no matter what the circumstances are; without overstepping boundaries when exacting revenge or being biased towards those with whom we sympathize.


“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” [Al-Mai’dah, 8]


Treating others with justice is always the answer. Even if they wrong you, always be sure to respond within reason. Do not let anger or hatred overtake your actions, causing you to respond to injustice with injustice, for that is never the answer.


We must always be aware that Allah is watching over us all. If it His will, then those in the wrong will eventually receive their due punishment. It is not up to us to exact revenge at the expense of what is just.


Islam also teaches us to make sure that justice is served to those who are powerless, such as orphans.


“And do not approach the orphan's property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And fulfill the covenant of Allah. Thus has He instructed you that you may remember.” [Al-An’am, 152]


The Quran also observes justice when trading and selling. A seller or a person in charge of weighing and measuring items to determine their selling price must never cheat or attempt to trick the buyers.


Islam ensures that all Muslims, and non-Muslims, are granted equal rights and freedoms. It guarantees that there shall be no cheating, stealing or any sort of fraudulent dealings. That is why we must all follow its teachings to make better lives for ourselves and others

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