Condemning oppression

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By Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph

Only a Meranaw

Monday, July 14, 2014


SINCE I was a child, I was brought up in the idea that everyone is equal.

This may be due to the belief of my parents that Islam is a religion of justice and equality.

In my previous articles, I was able to discuss how women and men are treated equal in Islam, and how people from different races or ethnicities are treated equally in a just society.

Ideas about equality and justice in Islam inspired me to write this article because of the daily news I get to hear and read about the conflict in Gaza.

The continuous bombardment that caused the lives of innocent people disturbs any sane human and a Muslim from any part of the globe.

This international conflict has captured a lot of attention because of the injustices seen along the course of this conflict.

As Muslims, we understand how Islam has condemned oppression.

In fact, in the many narrations about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), he once answered this lines to an inquiring man, “The real bankrupt one of my nation would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection having (performed) prayers, (observed) fasting and (spent in) charity, (but he will find himself bankrupt on that Day due to depleting these good deeds) because he despised others, uttered slanderous terms against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others, and beat others. Therefore his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds are exhausted, their sins (i.e., those he oppressed) will be entered in his account and he will be thrown into the (Hell) Fire.” [Muslim]

Indeed Islam has even warned Muslims not to help oppressors.

Islam prohibits a believer to assist an oppressor.

It is a mandate upon every Muslim not to help an oppressor. People must prevent him and make him realize the wrong that he is doing.

Hence, as Muslim in this part of the globe, this article is my way of condemning the injustices done to anyone especially to the innocent victims in Gaza.

Let all Muslims in the world who can read this article be reminded that Islam is a religion of justice and it demands equitable treatment for all irrespective of their race, gender, color, creed or social status. God says in the Quran:

“Indeed God commands Justice and good conduct…” (An-Nahl, 16:90)

In simple words, justice, as defined in all dictionaries and as interpreted by Islamic scholars, it is “the awarding of what is due.”

However, this entails “integrity,” necessitates “impartiality” and in some cases requires “the use of authority and the administration of law to uphold what is just.”

Nonetheless, as Muslims in this part of the globe, we have to pray intensely in this month of Ramadhan to ask for God’s guidance so we couldn’t oppress and be not oppressed.

Let oppression and inequality never rule in the hearts of anyone in this country and we pray for the souls of the victims of injustice all over the world, be they be Muslims or non-Muslims.

[Email: sorlatipyusoph@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 14, 2014.

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