Hadith on Harm: Prohibition of Harming and Retaliation

📖Sunan Ibn Majah 2340
It was narrated from ‘Ubadah bin Samit that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) ruled: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.”

  • The meaning of this hadith is that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) emphasized the importance of avoiding harm to others and not seeking revenge or retaliation in response to harm done to oneself. It encourages Muslims to refrain from causing harm to others through their words, actions, or intentions, and to avoid responding to harm with further harm. Instead, Muslims are encouraged to adopt a peaceful and forgiving attitude, and to seek ways to prevent harm and promote good deeds in their interactions with others. This hadith highlights the principle of non-harm (la darar) in Islamic ethics, which emphasizes the importance of preventing harm and promoting well-being in all aspects of life, including social, moral, and legal matters.