Sunday 3 March 2024

Beware of the curse of the oppressed (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

The world we live in is unfortunately dominated by the powerful, demagogue  cruel godfathers and men of position. And it is them on whose mercy every weak and meek seek for wherever the former go  they leave behind tales of misery, cruelty and injustice.

These are either men or countries flexing their muscles to dominate the defenseless weak and poor,who cannot stand up to the powerful for fear of severe retribution. But the curse they hurl on the cruel reaches the heavens far earlier than the tales of injustice meted out to them.

Oppression has many a face: It may start from oppression of one's spouse or children at home, oppression by a street gangs of a community, oppression by a tyrant politician to snub and subdue the people, and or oppression of smaller states by powerful countries. Thus, the curse of any people or countries that are oppressed pierce through the heavens and are specially listened to by our Lord.

And it is for those oppressed whom Allah promises lifting the veil between Him and them and always listens to them and promises that every dog has its day and will be accounted for.

This is the subject of the hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ mentioned in Sahi al-Bukhārī  (Book 46 -   Oppressions /  كتاب المظالم / Chapter 0: The curse of the oppressed / باب الاِتِّقَاءِ وَالْحَذَرِ مِنْ دَعْوَةِ الْمَظْلُومِ) as Hadith 1145, given herein under:

Narrated by Ibn `Abbas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) sent Mu`adh to Yemen and said, "Be afraid, from the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah."

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ مُوسَى، حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ، حَدَّثَنَا زَكَرِيَّاءُ بْنُ إِسْحَاقَ الْمَكِّيُّ، عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ صَيْفِيٍّ، عَنْ أَبِي مَعْبَدٍ، مَوْلَى ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بَعَثَ مُعَاذًا إِلَى الْيَمَنِ، فَقَالَ ‏ "‏ اتَّقِ دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ، فَإِنَّهَا لَيْسَ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَ اللَّهِ حِجَابٌ ‏"‏‏.

So my brothers and sisters in Islam, never ever hurt a poor or being unjust to anyone  for wrath of Allah is too severe to be borne
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

Please refer to our reference page: Collection of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ about Warning and Cautions for more Hadiths on the subject

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