Help Your Brother

Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or is oppressed.” A man enquired: “O Messenger of Allah! I help him when he is oppressed, but how can I help him when he is an oppressor?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “You can keep him from committing oppression. That will be your help to him.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith contains a very comprehensive injunction to eliminate disturbance and tyranny in the Muslim society. It not only ordains helping the oppressed but also encourages people endowed with moral courage to stop the oppressor’s oppression. Doing so requires great courage and boldness, but Muslims would be able to do full justice to their duty of wishing well to their fellow Muslims when they develop the moral courage to stop the oppressor from tyranny, or at least protest against it verbally.

And Allah Knows Best!

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