Among the People of Jannah Are People Who Establish Justice

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When we stand up for justice and support others, we may not notice how valuable of a deed this is for us in Islam. As we strive towards justice in all matters, and knowingly or unknowingly avoid unfairness, we are creating more opportunities for us to seek Jannah. We read in a hadith:

‘Iyad ibn Himar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The people of Paradise are three kinds: an authority who is fair, truthful, and guided, a man who has mercy and kindness in his heart towards his relatives and every Muslim, and one who refuses to beg although he has dependents.” (Sahih Muslim)

This shows us that our efforts to establish justice and fairness do indeed go a long way for us.

When a person who is in a position of leadership works to ensure they are avoiding injustice, we learn in a hadith that they will be among the seven types of people who will be in the shade of Allah on the Last Day. We read about this in the hadith:

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are seven whom Allah will shade on a day when there is no shade but his. They are a just ruler, a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, one whose heart is attached to the mosques…” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Sometimes in life we may witness or hear about injustices and people who are being oppressed. It is our duty to try and do what we can to help, but we do not need to despair and lose hope, as we read in a hadith that Abu Huraira reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘The rights of justice will be restored to their people on the Day of Resurrection, even between the hornless and horned sheep.’” (Sahih Muslim)

We learn from this hadith that all justice will certainly be restored on the Day of Resurrection by our Lord. Indeed, He is Al-Adl (The Just).

We are reassured knowing that those who were oppressed in this life, whether or not it was noticed by others, will undeniably we brought to justice. Abu Huraira reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Whoever wrongs his brother in his honour or anything else should resolve the matter today before it cannot be resolved with gold and silver coins. If he has good deeds to his credit, they will be taken from him according to the measure of his injustice. If he has no good deeds left, he will bear the evil deeds of the one he has oppressed.’” (Sahih Bukhari)

May Allah give patience and strength to those among us who are struggling through oppression, and may He reward those among us who establish justice knowingly or unknowingly. Aameen. Indeed, Allah is Al-Baseer (The All-Seeing) and Al-Adl (The Just).