Hadith on Justice: Upholding Justice and Condemning Unjust

📖Sahih Muslim 2613 a
Urwa reported on the authority of his father that Hisham b. Hakim b. Hizam happened to pass by some people in Syria who had been made to stand in the sun and olive-oil was being poured upon their heads. He said: What is this? It was said: They are being punished for (not paying) the Kharaj (the government revenue). Thereupon he said: Allah would punish those who torment people in this world (without any genuine reason).

  • This hadith from Sahih Muslim 2613a, narrates an incident where Hisham b. Hakim b. Hizam saw people in Syria being punished by having olive oil poured on their heads while they were standing in the sun. When he asked about the reason for their punishment, he was told that it was because they had not paid their government revenue (Kharaj). In response, Hisham b. Hakim b. Hizam condemned the unjust treatment of people and said that Allah would punish those who torment others in this world without a genuine reason. This hadith does not directly attribute the statement to Prophet Muhammad, but it is connected to other hadiths and Qur’an verses that emphasize the importance of justice, fairness, and the prohibition of unjustly tormenting or oppressing others. It highlights the Islamic principle of upholding justice and treating people with fairness and compassion, and warns against mistreating or oppressing others, even in matters related to government revenue or taxation. It serves as a reminder to Muslims to be just and compassionate in their dealings with others and to avoid any form of unjust treatment or oppression.