Hadith on Muslims: Warning Against Violence with Each Other

📖Sahih Muslim 2888 b
Ahnaf b. Qais reported on the authority of Abu Bakra that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: When two Muslims confront each other with their swords, both the slayer and the slain are doomed to Hell-Fire.

  • It is important to note that it is permissible to fight against another Muslim in certain circumstances, such as in a defensive war to protect oneself or one’s community. In fact, the Quran and the Sunnah allow for the use of force in self-defense and in the defense of the oppressed. However, in cases where Muslims engage in fighting out of hatred or animosity towards one another, without any valid reason or justification, then it goes against the principles of Islam and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Such conflicts are considered to be sinful and can lead to severe consequences, both in this world and in the Hereafter. This hadith highlights the seriousness of engaging in such conflicts among Muslims, where there is no valid reason or justification for fighting. It emphasizes that both the attacker and the defender in such a scenario will be held accountable for their actions and may be punished in the Hereafter. Therefore, as Muslims, it’s important to strive towards unity, brotherhood, and mutual respect among ourselves, and to avoid engaging in conflicts that are based on hatred or animosity. We should always try to resolve our differences through peaceful means and seek to uphold justice and fairness in all our dealings with one another.