Injustice and Punishment
Ẓulm is an Arabic word. It means torture or injustice. In the general sense, to oppress someone unjustly physically, mentally, financially or in any other way is called Ẓulm.
Ẓulm is a social disorder. In today’s world, it has taken a huge shape in the family, society, and the state. The zaalim (oppressors) bring about their downfall and destruction by doing injustice to others. That is why Allah forbids Ẓulm.
Welfare and justice is the key to success in human life. The Holy Qur’an said, “Indeed, Allah commands justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and Ẓulm. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” (Surat An-Nahl [verse 90])
It is a great injustice to deprive people of their rights and to mislead their prosperity. Such injustices create chaos across the world and destroyed peace and harmony. The rich oppress the poor; the powerful mistreat the common people. At one point many risks appeared in the life of the wrongdoer. The Prophet (SAW) said about those who oppress people and deprive them of their due rights, “Allah would punish those who torment people in this world (without any genuine reason).” (Muslim, Hadith: 2613).
In many verses of the Holy Qur’an, Allah has warned mankind about injustice. Allah says, “And those who have wronged are going to know what [kind of] return they will be returned.” (Surat Ash-Shu’ara [verse 227])
Injustice has horrific consequences. The unjust will not be judged only on the Day of Resurrection, but Allah (SWT) will return their wrongdoing from this world. Abu Bakrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “There is no sin more worthy of Allah hastening the punishment upon its practitioner in the world – along with what is in store for him in the Hereafter – than tyranny and severing the ties of kinship.” (Sahih) (Jami at Tirmidhi Hadith 2511)
Ẓulm is the root cause of society’s barbarism. Allah (SWT) has imposed this unrest on the people as a result of various injustices against each other. Allah said, “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” (Surat Ar-Rum [verse 41])
The prayers of the oppressed will never fail. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3598)
May Allah Almighty protect us from the oppressors and save us from the curse of the oppressed. Ameen.