‘Justice’, Quran and Islam

The word justice or injustice has been mentioned 40 times in Quran, such is its importance in an Islamic society. Tyranny and oppression are inimical to Justice in any society. You can weight our Islamic society by comparing it with what Quran envisions it to be:-

“Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives (Surat an-Nisa’, 135)

“Show integrity for the sake of Allah, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just”. (Surat al-Maida, 8)

 “…Be just, for it is closest to God-consciousness…” (Quran 5:8)

“Every nation has a Messenger and when their Messenger comes everything is decided between them justly” (Surah Yunus, 47) 

“And O my people! Give just measure and weight, nor withhold from the people the things that are their due” (Surah Hud, 85)

“So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.” (Surah Ar-Rahman, 9)

 “Guard yourself from oppression, for oppression will be darkness on the Day of Resurrection.”: Sahih Muslim 2578, Grade: Sahih

 “God does not forbid you from doing good and being just to those who have neither fought you.” (Quran 60:8)

 “…When you speak, speak with justice, even if it is against someone close to you…” (Quran 6:152)

“If you fear that you cannot be just, and then marry only one…” (Quran 4:3)

“The most hated of people and the furthest removed from him (Allah) will be a tyrannical leader.”

“when you rule over [or judge between] people, that you do so with justice...” [4:58]

 “And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice” 002:190-194

“(Allah will) punish you for the oaths you make intentionally Sura Al-Ma’ida:89 (5:89).[8]

“Killing any person without a just cause (is as big a sin) as killing the whole humanity (See al-Ma’idah 5:32)

“ We have placed you as a successor on the earth; so judge you between men in truth (and justice) and follow not your desire” Sura Sad (38:26)

Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, “I have forbidden oppression for myself and have made it forbidden among you, so do not oppress one another. Source: Sahih Muslim 2577, Grade: Sahih

So, Quran and Prophet Muhammad have both emphasized justice to be the basic building block of a society. Needless to say, a society cannot go far without justice. The message is that a few oligarchs’, opportunists, demagogues, crooks, and tyrants cannot lord over the fate of decent, hardworking human beings.  I hope our leaders get this message!

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