Killing Believers - An Islamic Perspective
Dr. Maher Hathout, October 8, 2005
I have looked into the Quran in the area of “warning”. In my humble judgment, I haven’t come across anything like this most frightening verse that is ever delivered in the Quran.
The verse is saying:
And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell; he shall abide in it, and God will send His wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement. (Quran 4:93)
So for someone who kills a believer intentionally, God mentions four consequences:
1. Hell forever,
2. God will have His wrath on him,
3. God curses him and,
4. God prepares for him a severe punishment.
If we internalize this verse, one will wonder about some of the events we see happening around us, a person kills another person, puts a bomb in the mosque, leaves explosive packed car in the market place, goes to a crowded school, blows up a bomb and kills children, one will wonder where did this verse go? It is so frightening to the point that one will not be willing to take such a chance. Again this is not a simple warning where God won’t like that or will be upset with that person, but this is a very concentrated expression of grievance, punishment, fear, wrath and hell to be the abode forever.
Who would like to take such a risk? Only those people who are completely cut off from the Quran will be willing to do that. The claims of those who kill Muslims are “we are not killing Muslims”, “those” are not believers because they are Shias, Sunnis, infidels, co-operating with the enemies etc. When the car explodes we do not know actually who gets killed, probably the most pious person or the most outrageous person, we do not know but they callously are taking a chance. Besides, who said that a non-believer is to be killed, when he or she are not actively attacking Muslims?
The very next verse escapes the attention of the ideologues of violence:
O you who believe! when you go to war in God’s way, make investigation, and do not say to any one who offers you peace: You are not a believer. (Quran 4:94)
God teaches, not to judge a person who is not fighting against you as a non-believer .God took that right away from us.
The moment someone is not fighting against me and invokes peace, he is entitled to peace. He might be the most wicked person, but only God knows that for sure. God will take care of that, not me. I am not supposed to take a chance of killing a single person, needless to say a dozen of them, needless to say in a mosque, needless to say in the month of Ramadan!
Those who indulge in killing Muslims are the ones whose is to be questioned.
The person who has a direct connection with the Quran (not getting the Quran from the pulpit, khutbah, article, teaching, jamaah , party, hizb, but getting the Quran from the Quran), will automatically develop a taste that will resent such acts and will be so frightened that there is a chance of going to hell by indulging in such an outrage.
If we reacquire the habit of getting our guidance, directly from the Quran without the transformers (scholars, mediators) who cut down the current, our thinking and our culture will be different and will automatically exclude certain behavior, which cannot be done by a group of Muslims, anyway.
The only direct contact we have with God on this earth is the Quran. Hence we need to establish the connectivity with the Quran directly otherwise we will be at loss.