As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالْقِسْطِ
وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا
اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ
“Oh you who believe, stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses with justice
and do not let your enmity and hatred for a people prevent you from being just.
Be just, it is closest to Taqwa, so be conscious of Allah.
Verily, Allah is well-acquainted with what you do,”
(Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:8)
Justice is one of the key characteristics of the Shari’ah, and one of the attributes of Allah. Allah calls us in this verse to complete and total justice even against those whom we may dislike or even hate. Justice should never be blinded by emotion, whether it is negative emotion in being unjust to those we dislike or positive emotion by being unjust in favor of those whom we love.
It is a common practice in some Muslim cultures to defend your family even when they are wrong, simply because they are family. This is injustice and completely against Islam. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said regarding the justice of Islam that even if his daughter Fatima has to steal, he would cut off her hand. This shows that Islam leaves no room for favoritism.
Before jumping to support our family in any issue, we must first investigate the issue in an unbiased manner and make sure we are not supporting the one who is wrong. If our own family is oppressing someone else, then Islam demands that we take the path of the oppressed, even if our family members dislike it.
Before demanding justice from others, let us first question how just are we in our dealings with others?
Source: Verse of the Day Collection by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar