Praying for a non-Muslim who refused to forgive a wrong
Fatwa No: 300991

Question

I have asked a disbeliever to forgive me for wronging him, but he has refused. I wronged him through violating a certain legislative act. I live in Britain and according to the law, if I contact that person again, I will be charged for violating the Harassment Act and will get taken to court. A solicitor told me this. Therefore, should I again seek forgiveness from the disbeliever and thereby get taken to court, or should I refrain from ever contacting the disbeliever? What is the most Islamic course of action in my specific case?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We have already clarified in Fataawa 281386, 284845, 287968 that injustice is forbidden even if the person treated unjustly is a non-Muslim, and that a person must repent from injustice and seek forgiveness from anyone he has wronged.

If the injustice was related to something besides property, like the moral rights related to honor and the like, and you sought his forgiveness and he refused, then the only thing that you can do is supplicate for him as much as possible concerning matters that are permissible to supplicate for a non-Muslim, like guidance.

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “As regards supplicating for him (i.e. the non-Muslim) for guidance and converting to Islam, this is permissible.

You can also supplicate for him to have worldly favors, as this is permissible according to the view of some scholars since it is permissible to give condolences over tragedies that non-Muslims experience by praying for them to receive something in place of the thing lost or the like.

Hopefully Allaah will make him satisfied with you on the Day of Resurrection.

Allaah Knows best.

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