The Supplication of the Unjustly Wronged

Al-Muwatta' of Imam Malik

by Imam Malik ibn Anas
Translated by: Ustadha Aisha Bewley

60.0 The Supplication of the Unjustly Wronged

 

60.1 Supplication of the Unjustly Wronged

1 Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam from his father that 'Umar ibn al-Khattab gave a mawla of his called Hunayy charge over the hima. He said, "Hunayy! Do not harm the people. Fear the supplication of the wronged for the wronged person is answered. Let the one with a small herd of camels and the one with a small herd of sheep enter, but be wary of the livestock of Ibn Awf and the livestock of Ibn 'Affan. If their livestock is destroyed, they will bring their children to me crying, 'Amir al-Muminin! Amir al-Muminin!' Shall I neglect them? Water and pasturage are of less value to me than gold and silver. By Allah, they think that I have wronged them. This is their land and their water. They fought for it in the Jahiliyya and became Muslims on it in Islam. By Him in whose hand my soul is! Were it not for the mounts which I give to be ridden in the way of Allah, I would not have turned a span of their land into hima."

[cf Bukhari 2894]