Killing robbers

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by


1- As in this time robbery is common in our society. Some time robbers snatch costly things on gun point. I want to ask what is Islamic teaching about protecting our goods. Does Islam teaches us to resist in this situation from snatching or protecting his/her life is more important? As if one resists before robbers they may harm that person or even kill him.

2- If during robbery one kills robbers is this allowed or not? Will this person be treated a killer in the sight of Islam or during defence this is allowed?



1. Though it is permissible to try and protect your family and wealth through confronting the enemy, however if you fear becoming overpowered by the enemy then the prudent thing for you to do is to part with your wealth and secure your family.

2. One will not be sinful in the court of Allah Ta’ala for defending one’s life.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)