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Blocking traffic during protests

Fatwaa ID: 2285

Question:
Assalamualaikum Mufti Saab

Is it haram to block traffic as a means of protesting? Nowadays many Muslim protestors in USA are blocking roads and highways. People are missing flights, missing crucial doctors appointments, and this is harming society. Normal people start hating the protestors and end up opposing the causes they were protesting for.

We are told it is impermissible to pray in the street, and that it is sadaqah to remove an obstacle from the street.

What about blocking roads and halting traffic for protests?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is permissible to engage in peaceful protests and have one’s voice heard provided that one does not violate the laws of Shari’ah while doing so. The laws of Shari’ah include not causing others inconvenience or harm. To cause others inconvenience or harm is haraam. Unofficially blocking roads or halting traffic for the purpose of protesting or having your voice heard is contrary to Islamic values and teachings. Two wrongs do not make a right. There are definitely people who are harmed or put into unwanted difficulties due to such irresponsible protests. This often results in negative consequences and results. One may protest in permitted and designated places whereby one does not inconvenience others.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

10/12/1445 AH – 04/21/2024 CE | AMG1-3869

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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