I would like to know if its ok to make duaa and pray for someone to receive the same as they did to me whether it is good or bad.

Someone did something bad and is continuing with their evil practices with others. Basically stealing from under peoples noses but in the most unimaginable way and than moving to the next. I am not seeking revenge or trying to do something bad to them. But I would like to include in my prayer that this person(s) goes through whatever he/she did to me, both good and bad, nothing more, nothing less.

I know to pray for something bad is not allowed and I know we should pray and forgive. I tried at first but I have since found they are continuing to do this.

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Nothing wrong. It has been done by the Prophet and his Companions.

Sa'id supplicated: "O Allah! If she is a liar, deprive her of her eye sight and cause her to die in her land." 'Urwah said: "She did not die till she became blind. While she was walking in her land (concerning which the dispute arose) she fell down into a pit and died." [Al Bukhari dan Muslim]

Someone who has been wronged has the right to curse someone.

Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing. (An-Nisa 4:148)

In fact, the dua of someone who is oppressed is extremely powerful:

“And be wary of the supplication of the oppressed, for between it and Allah there is no barrier.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (1496, 2448) and Sahîh Muslim (19)]

But if you can forgive, it's better to do so.

O you who have believed, indeed, among your wives and your children are enemies to you, so beware of them. But if you pardon and overlook and forgive - then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (At-Taghaabun 64:14)


You can pray for them to stop and have whatever they stole returned to the rightful owners.

But it's not haraam to pray AGAINST someone. The Prophet prayed against people and for people.

Just be reasonable. It is up to Allah to accept your duas.


Yes, it is permissible to make dua against someone who has wronged you or wronged someone else - especially if you do not have any other means of stopping or punishing them. This madhab has been adopted by most scholars, see al-Adhkaar, Mawaahib al-Jaleel , Mughni al-Muhtaaj, Kashshaaf al-Qinaa’ etc.

Evidence for praying against wrongdoers and opressors:


Prophet Noah عليه السلام made the following dua against the disbelievers of his time:

لا تذر على الأرض من الكافرين ديارا ... ولا تزد الظالمين إلا تبارا

My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant ... and do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction.

Quran 71:26-28

And Prophet Moses عليه السلام made the following dua against Pharaoh and his establishment:

ربنا اطمس على أموالهم واشدد على قلوبهم فلا يؤمنوا حتى يروا العذاب الأليم

Our Lord, obliterate their wealth and harden their hearts so that they will not believe until they see the painful punishment.

Quran 10:88

And Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was instructed to do Mubahala with the delegation of Najran:

فقل تعالوا ندع أبناءنا وأبناءكم ونساءنا ونساءكم وأنفسنا وأنفسكم ثم نبتهل فنجعل لعنت الله على الكاذبين

Say: "Come, let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then supplicate earnestly [together] and invoke the curse of Allah upon the liars [among us]."

Quran 3:61

Additionally, making a supplication against one who oppresses you comes under the meaning of the following verse:

ولمن انتصر بعد ظلمه فأولئك ما عليهم من سبيل

And whoever avenges himself after having been wronged - those have not upon them any cause [for blame].

Quran 42:41

Since it often happens that an oppressed person does not have the ability to take revenge himself, but rather they have to rely on Allah.

It also comes under the meaning of the following verse:

لا يحب الله الجهر بالسوء من القول إلا من ظلم وكان الله سميعا عليما

Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing.

Quran 4:148

Since this is done as a form of complaining, and it includes complaining to Allah as also evident by the attributes of Allah that are mentioned in the verse. It is reported that Ibn Abbas, Hasan al-Basri and Qatada noted that it means dua against an oppressor.


The following hadith implies that supplicating against an oppressor is permissible:

اتق دعوة المظلوم، فإنها ليس بينها وبين الله حجاب

Be afraid, from the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah.

Bukhari 2448

And there are many examples in ahadith where Prophet Muhammad ﷺ made dua against the disbelievers who had wronged him:

ملأ الله قبورهم وبيوتهم نارا كما شغلونا عن الصلاة الوسطى

May Allah fill their (the infidels') graves and houses with fire, as they have kept us so busy that we could not offer the middle prayer till the sun had set

Bukhari 6396

اللهم منزل الكتاب، سريع الحساب، اهزم الأحزاب، اهزمهم وزلزلهم

O Allah, the Revealer of the Holy Book, and the One swift at reckoning! Defeat the confederates; Defeat them and shake them.

Bukhari 6392

اللهم عليك بأبي جهل، وعليك بعتبة بن ربيعة، وشيبة بن ربيعة، والوليد بن عتبة، وأمية بن خلف، وعقبة بن أبي معيط

O Allah! Punish Abu Jahl, Utba bin Rabi'a, Shaiba bin Rabi'a, Al-Walid bin Utba, Umaiya bin Khalaf, and Uqba bin Al Mu'it

Bukhari 240

اللهم اشدد وطأتك على مضر، اللهم اجعلها عليهم سنين كسني يوسف

O Allah! Be hard on the Tribe of Mudar; O Allah! Inflict years of drought upon them like the years (of drought) of the Prophet (ﷺ) Joseph."

Bukhari 6393

وانقل حماها فاجعلها بالجحفة

O Allah! ... Transfer the fever that is in it (Medinah) to Al-Juhfa

Bukhari 6372

And there are also cases where he prayed against specific sinners, such as:

أن رجلا أكل عند رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بشماله فقال كل بيمينك قال لا أستطيع قال لا استطعت ما منعه إلا الكبر

A man ate with his left hand in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). He said: "Eat with your right hand." He said: "I cannot."

He said: "May you never be able to," for nothing was preventing him from doing so but arrogance.

Muslim 2021 (107)

Actions of the Sahaba:

It is also corroborated by the actions of the Sahaba. For example there are reports that some of them made dua against those who had made false accusations against them.

اللهم إن كان عبدك هذا كاذبا قام رياء وسمعة فأطل عمره وأطل فقره، وعرضه للفتن

Saad bin Abi Waqas said: O Allah! If this slave of yours is a liar and got up for showing off, give him a long life, increase his poverty and put him to trials.

Bukhari 755

اللهم، إن كانت كاذبة فأعم بصرها، واجعل قبرها في دارها

Sa'eed bin Zaid said: O Allah, if she is lying, take away her sight and make her grave in her house.

Muslim 1610 b (138)


I agree that if someone does something you hate you have a right to curse them even though it's bad, but a sensible solution is just to talk to them and stay away from them instead.

  • This answer really needs more meat to it; as phrased, it appears to be just a personal opinion rather than an actual Islamic ruling like the questioner is asking for.
    – goldPseudo
    Jan 9, 2015 at 20:03

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