Adapted for Hiba Magazine by Tasneem Vali
“Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (Al-Mumtahna 60:8)
Al-Muqsiteen are those who deal justly and equitably:
- With themselves
- With Allah (swt)
- With others
Allah informs us:
“(They like to) listen to falsehood, to devour anything forbidden. So if they come to You (O Muhammad), either judge between them, or turn away from them. If you turn away from them, they cannot hurt You In the least. And if You judge, judge with justice between them. Verily, Allah loves those who act justly.” (Al-Maidah 5:42)
In the Ayah above, Allah (swt) describes what the disbelievers were doing when the Prophet (sa) was in the process of delivering Allah’s message. They listened (excessively) to falsehood even though the Quran was there; they did not listen to the Quran.
Allah (swt) loves those who deal justly and those who remove injustice (whether with enemies or between believers).
The Prophet (sa) is then informed: “If they come to you (Prophet Muhammad): Judge between them or turn away from them.” (Al-Maidah 5:42) The Prophet (sa) could exercise these two options when the disbelievers came to him in order to solve their problems.
If he turned away from them, they did not have the means or power to harm him. If he decided to judge between them, then he was obliged to judge between them with justice, even though they were liars. In short, Allah (swt) loves those who are just and He is praising those who deal with their enemies truthfully.
Another situation where Allah (swt) encourages believers toward justice is in the following verse: “And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both, but if one of them rebels against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which rebels till it complies with the command of Allah. Then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allah loves those who are equitable.” (Al-Hujurat 49:9)
Even though your relatives or friends might be disbelievers, you need to be good to them and deal with them equitably. With those who are not fighting you or opposing Islam, you should maintain a cordial relationship and above all, be just with them.
In a situation where both parties are believers, you need to be neutral to solve their problems. However, if one of the parties is clearly wrong, you must fight them until they return to the commands of Allah (swt). Just dispensing justice is not enough; you must remove the wrong and return the rights of the party harmed, if possible. Allah (swt) loves those who deal justly and those who remove injustice (whether with enemies or between believers).
There are three types of situations a believer might confront when dealing justly.
- With disbelievers
- With relatives or friends who are disbelievers
- With believers
Even though your relatives or friends might be disbelievers, you need to be good to them and deal with them equitably. With those who are not fighting you or opposing Islam, you should maintain a cordial relationship and above all, be just with them. Allah (swt) loves those who deal with the disbelievers (who are not your enemies) honorably and justly.
How do we recognize Al-Muqsiteen?
- They work to establish the truth, and direct others to do the same.
- They forbid evil and enjoin good, wherever they go.
- They fear Allah (swt)! Even in times of distress, they guard themselves from evil and gravitate toward good.
- They stay connected to their families, whether or not their families are Muslim.
- If people come to them, they judge between them with justice. (They don’t take sides when friends or family members are involved).
- They control their desires and judge using the Quran and the Sunnah as their guides.
- When they are among people, they do not utter words that are hurtful; they do not harm or oppress others in any way.
- They are generally nice to others. If someone is good to them, they are just. If someone talks to them amiably, they reply in the same manner; this is also justice. For example, if someone helps, they make Dua for him or her in return.
Is there a reward for being just?
Definitely! We know from the verses mentioned above that Allah loves those who are just.
It was narrated from Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-As (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “Those who are just and fair will be with Allah, Most High, on thrones of light, at the right hand of the Most Merciful, those who are just in their rulings and in their dealings with their families and those of whom they are in charge.” Muhammad (one of the narrators) said in his Hadeeth: “And both of His hands are right hands.” (an-Nasai)