Meaning of part of a Hadith regarding the character of a Muslim towards another Muslim


What is the translation of the words ‘لا يسلمه’ in the following Hadith?

المسلم أخو المسلم، لا يظلمه ولا يسلمه، من كان في حاجة أخيه كان الله في حاجته، ومن فرج عن مسلم كربة، فرج الله عنه بها كربة من كرب يوم القيامة، ومن ستر مسلما ستره الله يوم القيامة



This Hadith is recorded in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2442 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2580)


‘لا يسلمه’ means he does not surrender him/hand him over. i.e. He does not surrender him to the enemy nor does he abandon him with those who will harm him, rather he assists and defends him.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 2442)


See the translation of the complete Hadith here.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar