,, As a general rule, Muslims should not harm other people, especially other Muslims. The only exception to this rule is due to the need for self-defense against aggression or to avert some greater evil.
,, The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) defined the true Muslim as one who avoids harming other Muslims with his tongue (words) and hand (actions).
Abdullah bin Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 10, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi
,, In another narration of this tradition, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the people are safe, and the believer is the one who is trusted with the lives and wealth of the people.”
Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 4998, Grade: Sahih
,, Amr ibn Absah reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is Islam?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“That you surrender your heart to Allah and that the Muslims are safe from your tongue and hand.”
Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 20, Grade: Sahih
,, We should be particularly careful to protect those within our own community, but the principle is not restricted only to Muslims. Rather, it applies to all humanity and even the animals.