Hadith on Brotherhood: Helping Oppressors and Oppressed

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 2444
Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.”

  • This hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari 2444 teaches that Muslims should help their fellow Muslim brothers, whether they are oppressors or oppressed. If someone is being oppressed, then it is obvious that they need assistance, but if someone is the oppressor, Muslims should still help them. The way to help an oppressor is to prevent them from committing oppression against others. It is important to stop the oppressor’s wrongdoing and make them understand the gravity of their actions. In doing so, Muslims can help bring about justice and prevent further harm from being inflicted on innocent people. This hadith highlights the importance of standing up for what is right and just, even if it means confronting one’s own brother who is committing injustice.