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Reaction to being hurt by non-Muslims

Fatwaa ID: 1929

i was unintentionally hurt by some non Muslims and i have been hurting for long time now because of it. i cannot stop thinking about it. i want to hurt them back by slandering them. i know this is sin. however my question is are sins held to the same standard if its committed against non Muslims than Muslims? also i know i can’t wish death on my Muslim brothers and sisters but what about the non Muslims or the non believers or the kafirs? is it sinful if I wish death on non Muslims? and if i commit a sin such as slandering or backbiting, with the intention of repenting would or could the repentance still count?

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

We understand that you are hurting. May Allaah Ta’aala grant your the strength to feel better or move on. May He cure your difficulties and grant you comfort.

You state that it was unintentional. They did not intend to harm you or hurt you. Find it in yourself to forgive them and move on. That is better for your mental health. Islam teaches us to forgive and overlook, even if it was intentional. Make du’aa for their guidance and well-being. Be the better person. Allow the non-Muslims to see the teachings and values of Islam.

You ask about slandering non-Muslims. That is haraam. You will be sinful for this. This is irrespective of what they have done, intentionally or unintentionally. Retribution may only be done in the correct manner. Their wrong does not justify you to commit a wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right. You are accountable for your actions.

As for wishing death upon a non-Muslim, understand that that is futile. Death will only come to them at its appointed time. You making du’aa for death for them will not bring it ahead. Instead, make du’aa for their guidance. That is better for them and you.

When the Sahaabah (R) requested Rasulullaah ﷺ to make la’nah (curse) upon the polytheists who were persecuting them, he ﷺ refused. He reiterated that he was sent as a mercy for mankind. We are the followers of this prophet of mercy. Let us follow in his footsteps. People would hurt and abuse him but he would make du’aa for them and wish good for them.

Sinning with the intention of repentance is foolish and a form of mockery. It shows the daring and bold nature of a person. How can you intentionally and willingly disobey Allaah Ta’aala? A believer cannot fathom disobeying Allaah Ta’aala for even a moment, never mind doing so willingly.

Understand that you do not need to do anything. It brings comfort to a believer that Allaah Ta’aala is al-‘Adl, the Just. Justice will be established and granted, either in this world or the Hereafter. You do not need to worry about it.

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

05/04/1445 AH – 11/18/2023 CE | 682

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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