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Protests, rallies and riots

Fatwaa ID: 1770

Question:
Assalamualaikum Mufti Saheb,

What is the Islamic perspective on public protests and riots? Is it of any benefit or does it invoke Allahs anger all the more..

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

It is permissible to peacefully protest and have our voices heard provided that one does not violate the laws of Shari’ah while doing so, such as performing one’s salaahs, adhering to the laws of hijaab and inter-gender interactions, adhering to Islamic values and ethics, etc. There is no need to violate the laws of Allaah Ta’aala to have our voices heard. Allaah Ta’aala does not need us to do that. There is no khayr or benefit in such protests.

One should also remember that Allaah Ta’aala controls the hearts of the people and the ultimate control is in His Hands. Therefore, it is necessary that we turn to Allaah Ta’aala first before resorting to other avenues. We use protests and other avenues as a means and place our trust in Allaah Ta’aala. Turning to Allaah Ta’aala includes ensuring that our lifestyle is in accordance to the sunnah of Rasulullaah ﷺ, thereby pleasing Allaah Ta’aala. These atrocities that we are facing are nothing but the results of our own actions. We can continue protesting but if we don’t change our lifestyles, then it’s foolish for us to expect goodness and change. If we go and protest but are careless of our Islamic obligations and the teachings of Islam, then we cannot expect much.

As for riots, that is not permissible. It is impermissible to hurt or cause inconvenience to the innocent ones. Likewise, it is impermissible to destroy or vandalize private and public property.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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