Day 6: Do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” (Surat Al-Maidah, 5:8)
As Muslims, we are raised knowing that justice is intrinsic to Islam. God’s Names include al-Adl (The Most Just) and al-Muqsit (The Most Equitable). The Qur’an severely warns us against committing even an atom’s weight of injustice.
Of course, none of us would consider ourselves to be unjust. We find ways to excuse or justify our behavior. In this verse, Allah warns us against committing injustice against a people we hate, because that is the easiest form of injustice to commit.
Now ask yourself: do you readily believe rumors against someone you don’t like? Do you accept assertions about people you hate? Does a person’s bad deeds make you more ready to accept gossip about them without being presented with evidence?
These are all forms of injustice, and they point to a disease in the hearts. This Ramadan, ask yourself: Am I being just?

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