Islamic Date

09 Shawwal

English Date

31 May

Worst after Kufr

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "The killing of a believer is more heinous in Allah's sight than doing away with all of this world."

Killing without right is, after kufr (unbelief), one of the very worst enormities (akbar al-kabair), as Imam Shafi'i explicitly states in “The Epitome.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "The blood of a Muslim man who testifies that there is no god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah is not lawful to shed unless he be one of three: a married adulterer, someone killed in retaliation for killing another, or someone who abandons his religion and the Muslim community."

What justification do the armed forces or security forces in Muslim countries have, to kill other Muslims? Sometimes governments justify it in the name of protecting the 'state' against foreign Muslims. It is not a crime in Islam to be a Muslim from a different country, because there are no different countries in Islam. For the thirteen centuries that the Islamic Khilafah existed, no Muslim needed a visa to travel between any of the forty-eight Muslim countries that now exist. They were all part of one state.

Anybody who kills a Muslim, as a part of the armed forces or otherwise, will be held accountable for one of the worst crimes after kufr. Nor is it safe to be a silent spectator to such happening: Remember that the punishment that befell those who pushed the believers into the ditch of fire (Soorah Burooj), also befell those who were standing by watching the show.