Supplicating Allah against an oppressor

Q 1: Is it permissible for a Muslim to supplicate to Allah to destroy those who oppress them? Does the Muslim have a right to avenge whoever oppresses him like for like?

A: One who is wronged should remind the wrongdoer of Allah and warn him of His Punishment. Hopefully, that will make him heed the advice and desist; otherwise, he should refer the case to the authorities to save and protect him. He should, meanwhile, ask for Allah's Relief and Victory. If he invokes a curse upon his oppressor that Allah may punish him with what he deserves and asks Allah to guard him against his evils and to foil his plot, there is no harm in this, for Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) states, The recompense for an evil is an evil like thereof; but whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is with Allâh. He (Part No. 24; Page No. 258) (Glorified be He) also states, And if you punish (your enemy, O you believers in the Oneness of Allâh), then punish them with the like of that with which you were afflicted. And Allâh does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.