Is it certain that the curses a person utters and evil deeds he commits will return to him in this world? For instance, I have heard that when a person curses/damns another person, it will return to him.

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

The following hadith exists regarding the issue:

"Do not condemn others. You will not die until you do the thing about which you condemn others." (see Tirmidhi, Qiyamah, 53, no: 2507; Bayhaqi, Shuabul-Iman, 5/315, no: 2778; Kashful-Khafa, 2/265)

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Cursing/damning a believer is like killing him." (Bukhari, Adab 44) He also said, "When a curse is uttered and reaches the intended place, it will return to its utterer when it sees that it is unjust." (Tirmidhi, Birr 48; Abu Dawud, Adab 45)

Thus, a person is hit by a misfortune as a result of condemning or cursing another person. However, only Allah knows how that misfortune will be manifest. If that person has repented or if he has done a charitable deed for Allah’s sake, that misfortune might be prevented.

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