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Assalamu Alaikum. Many cities and towns and villages in Nigeria are being attacked by armed bandits day and night, travellers are being kidnapped for heavy ransom. People are being killed by the bandits everyday and their economy is being weakened as a result of banditry. My questions are: In such a terrific situation, what can we do to ward off that evil from among us? What is the punishment of kidnappers in Islam? What can someone who is kidnapped recite to regain freedom? What Du'a can we do to destroy the bandits? Secondly, is it permissible to enter into a treaty with those bandits so that peace can reign? What does Islam say about entering into a treaty pack with bandits who have killed many people before?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

This is Zulm (oppression) and a grave sin. The punishment is severe both in this world and the Hereafter.

Allah Ta'ala says,

اِنَّمَا جَزٰٓؤُا الَّذِيۡنَ يُحَارِبُوۡنَ اللّٰهَ وَرَسُوۡلَهٗ وَيَسۡعَوۡنَ فِى الۡاَرۡضِ فَسَادًا اَنۡ يُّقَتَّلُوۡۤا اَوۡ يُصَلَّبُوۡۤا اَوۡ تُقَطَّعَ اَيۡدِيۡهِمۡ وَاَرۡجُلُهُمۡ مِّنۡ خِلَافٍ اَوۡ يُنۡفَوۡا مِنَ الۡاَرۡضِ​ؕ ذٰ لِكَ لَهُمۡ خِزۡىٌ فِى الدُّنۡيَا​ وَ لَهُمۡ فِى الۡاٰخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيۡمٌ ۙ‏

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment..(5:33)

May Allah protect the oppressed from the harm of the oppressors. Ameen.

And Allah knows best

21 ٍRajab 1441/ 16 March 2020

Answer last updated on:
15th March 2020
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