I begin with the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
“Verily, Allaah orders justice and kindness, and giving (help) to the relatives, and He forbids immoral sins, and evil and tyranny….” Qur’an 16: 90
All praise belong to Allaah who has commanded mankind in His Flawless Book to be Just and has forbidden them from exceeding the limits set by Him.
Living in a complex society demands that justice becomes the slogan of each individual especially those in the position of authority and whenever the building blocks of a society is based on justice then both the individuals and the entire community will live harmoniously but the absence of it will throw the society into turmoil. It is based on this that Islam has reiterated its position in promoting justice and rewarding those that champion its cause.
An apt illustration of promoting justice and prohibiting its opposite is what has been narrated in sahihul Muslim on the Strength of Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah, (may peace be upon him) said: Allaah, the Exalted and Glorious, said, “O my servants, I have forbidden oppression for myself and I have made it forbidden among you, so do not oppress one another…”
Allaah has indeed made oppression and sins forbidden for humanity. He has equally forbidden them from dealing unjustly even with non-Muslims. The ideal Muslim nation that responds to the requirement of justice has commanded by Allaah will surely honors its word even if it be in respect to non-Muslims.
Oh people! Fear Allaah the Most High and know that verily, Allaah has commanded everyone to be just in every aspect of their lives. He has equally informed mankind that it is imperative and compulsory upon everyone of them to be under the system of justice at every time and at every location.
Allaah says in His inimitable style that: “Verily, Allaah orders justice and kindness, and giving (help) to the relatives, and He forbids immoral sins, and evil and tyranny….” Qur’an 16:90
In an authentic Hadith recorded by Imam Muslim, the Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: “The just, who are fair in their decisions, families and those under their authority, will be on podiums made of light, to the right of the Throne.”
Hear this out, Allaah did not only command man to be just but He has categorically declared His love for those who deal with equity. It is incumbent upon every Muslim to know that the position of Justice in Islam is great and its reward with Allaah is huge. Justice has many headings and it is compulsory on everyone to discharge his duties justly on those below him and those he is responsible for.
As for the Imam (the leader) it is imperative and compulsory upon him to deal justly among those under his leadership according to his capacity in order to fulfill the requirement of what Allaah says: “Verily, Allaah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due: and that when you judge between them, you judge with justice….” Qur’an4:58
Furthermore, the Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: “Seven people will be under the shade of Allaah on the Day when there will be no shade but His.” of which a just leader is among.
As for a Judge, it is compulsory upon him to be just when passing judgments. Allaah says: “And Judge between them with what was reveled from Allaah.” Qur’an 5:94
Dawud (peace be upon him) was a prophet and a judge, in respect to this Allaah says: “O Dawud! Verily, We have placed you as a successor on the earth; so judge you between men in truth (and justice) and follow not your desire–for it will mislead you from the path of Allaah.” Qur’an 38:26
What about the Father, it is equally compulsory upon him to deal justly among his children. That he gifts no one among them exclusively without balancing it among all of his children. No father is allowed in Islam to show any difference among his children. The Prophet (may peace be upon him) commands Parents to deal justly between their children. No father should buy a car for one of his children, nor a house and leave the other hanging. This is injustice from Islamic perspective.
In Islam, there is no difference between a male and a female child when it comes to just dealing and equity. The father must be just.
What about the husband, it is incumbent and compulsory upon him to deal justly between his wives. This is Islam but alas! where are the Muslims?
Allaah commands the husband to relate with his wives with that which is good and with justice and equity. Never to prefer one above the other in terms of discharging his responsibilities to them.
To the husband, Allaah says: “…so do not incline too much to one of them as to leave the other hanging.” Qur’an 4:129. Qur’an is the only religious Book on the face of earth that asks men to marry only one wife on the grounds of Justice. Allaah says: “And if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then (marry) only one.” Qur’an4:3
Islam is brimming with Justice. Touch it from any angle and it will attract you by its Justice and comprehensiveness. It is equally compulsory and imperative upon the generality of the Muslims to be just in their statements.
Allaah says: “Do not allow your hatred for a people provoke you to injustice, be just, that is closer to piety.” Qur’an 5:8
Whenever anyone wants to utter anything, he has to be Just in his proclamations and sincere in his actions.
Islam encourages man to speak the truth even if it is detestable to him and the world and by so doing he will be promoting justice. His truth will rescue him in shaa Allaah.
Stand for the truth even if it be against your parents. Islam must prevail above any blood ties.
Qur’an is truthful in its stories of the past nations and its submission on the events of the future. Qur’an is just in its judgments.
Islam is a religion that does not condone injustice, transgression, oppression and sins.
Nay! Islam is consistent with truth and justice at every time and at every location.
The Word of your Lord is brimming with truth and Justice….This is Qur’an….This is Sunnah… This is Islam…
Oh humanity! This is our religion, a religion established upon justice in all of its ramifications. Alhamdulillah bi ni’matil Islam wal Eeman (All praise be to Allaah for the blessings of Islam and faith).
Architect Abdullah Musa Abdul (Penabdul) is the Chairman/CEO Sustainable Project Works (SPW) Ltd. He can be reached on Twitter: @Penabdull instagram: @Penabdul