Anecdotes from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad

by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui

Sanctity of Property

Abu Huraira relates that a person came before the Prophet and said:

“O Prophet of God, if a person comes to steal or snatch away my property by force, then should I yield to him?”

The Prophet replied,

“Don’t let him take your property, even if you have to fight for it.”

The man said:

“Supposing he kills me?”

The Prophet replied,

“You would then die the death of a martyr.”

On this the man said:

“But what if I kill him?”

The Prophet said:

“The thief would go to Hell, while there is no charge against you.”