بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
If you’ve ever watched Pakistani dramas you will see something similar running through many of them and that is one of injustice or Zulm and this injustice is usually done to a helpless woman with no backing. Now when I used to watch these, I would always be sarcastic and very naively say why can’t she just leave or do something. Now years after, having learned some things about the deen and about the world, I realize what injustice is and what our duty is when dealing with people who are unjust.
Injustice is taking anything and putting it out of its place, whether it be someone’s rights and things or it be your own. There’s the obvious kind of injustice such as taking someone’s house away or inheritance away without due cause and then there’s little injustices that often occur daily in our lives and we must try to diminish these before we are asked about them by the Owner of the heavens and Earth, Al-Adl (the Just). What follows is a list of injustices that can happen in our personal, marital, or work life. This post was inspired by a lecture by Dr. Farhat Hashmi in which she encouraged us to write down the injustices that can and do happen in our lives so that we are aware of them and try our best to curb them.
For Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala (Exalted is He) says in a Hadith qudsi “O My slaves, I have forbidden myself oppression and I have made it between you forbidden, so do not oppress one another.” Muslim
Injustice with Allah (swt).
1. Not obeying him in all matters
2. Delaying acts of obedience (i.e. salah–prayer)
3. Expecting from other than Him
4. Not making Dua’ (supplication) to Him when you are in need
Injustice with yourself.
2. Feeding your soul only entertainment verses feeding it salah and Quran.
3. Not taking time out to rest when tired.
4. Being Loud (zulm with your tongue)
Injustice with Parents
1. Raising your voice to them.
2. Not doing what they ask (as long is it is halal)
4. Not taking care of them in their old age.
Injustice with your spouse.
1. Not caring about their sleep and being loud when they are sleeping.
2. Not caring about their eating and letting them eat unhealthy or old food.
3. Not fulfilling their intimate need.
Injustice with your Children
1. Treating one better than the other (for example, if one child is more obedient than the another don’t commit injustice by giving that child more to do)
3. Not teaching them the deen especially the Quran.
4. Putting them in an environment where you fear their fitrah will be gravely corrupted. (i.e. public schools)
5. Not providing them with righteous friends.
6. Saying I told you so when they make a mistake…let them learn their own lesson!
7. Not getting them married when they want/need to.
This list is just a starting point for readers to start thinking in what are of their life they might be committing injustice and start replacing these habits with those that will benefit. Please feel free to list more acts that might be considered unjust in the comment section.