Shaikh Saalih Ibn Taymiyyah
Public Policy in Islamic Jurisprudence
© 1996 Khayat Book and Publishing Company
Excerpts taken from Shaykh Muhammad al Maalikees’
Advice to Those who are New to the Salafee Da’wah
6/29/02 & 7/01/02

Retaliation in connection with dishonouring others is also lawful.  If a man curses another man or invokes Allah to maltreat him in some way, the other man may retaliate (return same for it); similarly, when one abuses some other one by mentioning certain demerits of his.  Forgiveness (in all these cases), however, is better.

Allah,  سبحانه و تعالى has said:  “And the recompense of evil is punishment like it; but whoever forgives and amends, his reward is with Allah.  Surely He loves not the wrongdoers.  And whoever defends himself after being oppressed, these it is against whom there is no way (of blame).” (42:40-41).

The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, has said:  “The two who abuse each other – whatever they may say – he who has begun is to blame, unless the oppressed (abused preliminarily) has retaliated in excess:  has exceeded (lawful) reparation (satisfaction for wrong).   [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thawri, رحمه الله تعالى, may have mercy upon him, said: “This is one of the most wonderful prophetic narrations. On the day of Judgment Allah azza wa jall will hold each slave to account and pay what he owes to others from his deeds (for having oppressed or transgressed their rights) and then admits him into Paradise with the virtue of his fasting. The reward for fasting is the only thing that is not effected in this case and thus becomes the cause for the slave to enter Paradise” [End of Quote}

{Fear Allaah as much as you can}
[At-taghaabun (64): 16]

Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts.
(Al -An am:70)

” Allahumma ansurni ala man uthlimuni wa khuth minhu bi tha’ri” –
and help me over those who oppress me and take my justice

Faa’lam anahu laa ilaha illallahu, wastaghfirli thanbik
“Know that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah,
and ask forgiveness of your Lord for your sins”. 47:19

A sign of hasad (blameworthy envy) is to feel happy when your brother (in Islaam) makes a mistake, misses a class or when he is backbitten. Trying to prove one is wrong is from hasad. Changing the meaning of ones’ speech (giving a false understanding) to make him look bad is also from hasad.

Another sign is to hear him give a benefit, then you take it to another gathering and use it as if it were you own.

Knowledge is to fear Allaah. Not having it is a cause to enter the hellfire. The first to enter the Fire are those who see knowledge for fame. فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ


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