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Hadith on Oppression: Help the oppressor by preventing him from oppressing others

March 14, 2011

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Support your brother whether he is an oppressor or is being oppressed.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, we help the one being oppressed but how do we help an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By seizing his hand.

In another narration, the Prophet said, “By restraining him or preventing him from committing injustice, for that is how you support him.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2312, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2584

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رضى الله عنه قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم انْصُرْ أَخَاكَ ظَالِمًا أَوْ مَظْلُومًا‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ هَذَا نَنْصُرُهُ مَظْلُومًا فَكَيْفَ نَنْصُرُهُ ظَالِمًا قَالَ تَأْخُذُ فَوْقَ يَدَيْهِ

وفي رواية أخرى قال تَحْجُزُهُ أَوْ تَمْنَعُهُ مِنَ الظُّلْمِ فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ نَصْرُهُ

2312 صحيح البخاري كتاب المظالم انصر أخاك ظالما أو مظلوما

2584 صحيح مسلم كتاب البر والصلة والآداب باب نصر الأخ ظالما أو مظلوما