03 July 2013 CE | 25 Shaban 1434 AH

Hadith Explanation

Land Grabbers and Occupiers

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever seizes any portion of land unlawfully will be swallowed up by it on the Day of Resurrection, and will sink to the seventh earth.” [Bukhaari]

Be careful not to take over even an inch of land that does not belong to you. You will not be able to bear being swallowed up by it, with its suffocating weight pressing on you, on the Day of Judgement!

Some people like to take over little portions of land adjoining their houses, other times land mafias are busy in merciless land grabbing, and often government officials illegally allocate huge swathes of land to themselves or distribute it among their supporters. All those involved in such theft should realize that no one can stand up to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and they will have to pay heavily for their burglary on the Day of Judgement.

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