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Killing your rapist

Fatwaa ID: 1975

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
Respected mufti, someone has inquired the following:

If a women is raped, does sharia give her permission to kill her rapist? Furthermore more if she is harassed but the person does not perform the actual deed, would she still be allowed to take the same measures against the person as long as sufficient witnesses are presented?

Jazakallah khair.

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

We sympathize with you in your unfortunate predicament and make du’aa that you heal quickly and successfully. Allaah Ta’aala grant you the strength and courage necessary.

You cannot kill your rapist or assaulter. You cannot take the law into your own hands. You would become the oppressor in this case. The courts are there to handle such cases. If you have been assaulted or harmed, it is your right to take the matter to the courts and seek justice. If justice is not served in this world, then a believer finds comfort in the fact that justice will be served in the Hereafter. No oppression will be left unaccounted. Again, you cannot take the law into your own hands. Leave that to the rightful authorities.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/28/1445 AH – 12/12/2023 CE | AML1-8607

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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