Compensation for moral damages

Q106 :Please let me know whether according to Islamic laws it is possible to sue someone for moral damages.


A106 : The idea of recovering personal or moral damage is valid in Islam. At the time of Umar, one of his governors complained to him about a poet who slandered him and his tribe in a long poem. Umar called in a number of well-known poets and read to them the poem asking their views on what the first poet said. They confirmed that the poem contained strong abuse which was damaging to the reputation of the governor. Umar imprisoned the poet in a well, until he declared his repentance and vowed that he would never speak ill of anyone in his poetry.


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