Monday, July 2, 2012


Hilf al fudul (Alliance of the Virtuous)is one the examples of pact against bullying in the pre-Islamic era. Althought the ignorance was at large then and the clans fought each other in the sacreligious wars. There is this one time when even the Quraish agreed on protection the ones to whom the opression was being done. 

A Yemini merchant from Zabid had sold some goods to a notable member of the clan of Sahm. Having taken possession of the goods, the man from Sahm refused to pay the agreed price. The wronger knew very well that the merchant had no confederate or kinsman in Makkah, whom he could count upon for help. But the merchant, instead of letting it pass, went to the door of the Ka'bah stood there and started to cry and appealed to the Quraysh to see that justice was done.

The Prophet (peace be upon him), after his call to prophet-hood, asserted that although the Hilf al Fudul (Alliance of the Virtuous) was concluded prior to Islam, he would participate in it again because it protected the weak from the aggression of the strong.

Bullying is against Islam as it entails injustice being done towards an individual by another. Those that engage in bullying actually have a weak nature and want to compensate for that weakness by trying to be ‘superior’ to others that they deem inferior to themselves.

Bullying is a form of oppression. Islam explicitly forbids all forms of oppression and injustice. Saaiduna Jabir Bin Abdullah Radiallahu Anhu narrates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said “Be on your guard against oppression, for oppression is a darkness on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sahih Muslim)

In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah (SWA) has said: ‘I shall take revenge on the oppressor in this life and the next. I shall take revenge on someone who saw a person being oppressed and was able to help him but did not help him.’ (Tabraani)

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