I pondered a while ago when it is allowed to harm someone for the damage the person has afflicted upon yourself or a family member and till what extent?

Let's say someone has stolen something from you, would you then be allowed to go to the house from that person and beat that person unconscious? And what should you do when someone harms a family member of yours?

  • Read the answer here : islam.stackexchange.com/questions/10402/…
    – Crimson
    Jul 14, 2018 at 11:40
  • I don't find the reference link of much use since the only thing I can conclude out of it is that the one whom damage is afflicted to has the right to use violence equivalently. Or you go to an islamic judge which is not here in my country.
    – user24306
    Jul 14, 2018 at 12:04
  • Is it now according to your standards, sir?
    – user24306
    Jul 15, 2018 at 19:16
  • @Medi1Saif: Did you really downvote my question? For what reason? I have the changed you didn't like about my post. So I don't the problem.
    – user24306
    Jul 16, 2018 at 3:33
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    @Medi1Saif: With all due respect I first asked if you're the one who downvoted. I didn't accuse yet. My apologies if it came across as unpolite. And I'll take note of that in future questions inshallah.
    – user24306
    Jul 16, 2018 at 6:04

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Verse (2:194)

...So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you. And fear Allah and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.

Verse (16:126)

And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient - it is better for those who are patient.


فَمَنْ عَفَا وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَجْرُهُ عَلَى اللَّهِ Whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is with Allah (means, that will not be wasted with Allah.)

All of your Scenarios need a different answer, and in every scenario, being patient and expect better rewards from Allah is the best option.

  • I'll try keep my calm when I'll ever be confronted with those persons. Thank you for your answer.
    – user24306
    Jul 14, 2018 at 15:15

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