Here is how the Quran sanction the killing of innocents
November 14, 2015
By Roy Abbas
Does the Quran sanction killing of innocents?
Many argue that it does not
The truth however is the antithesis of this.
Here is the extract from Quran that has been quoted and shared by defenders of Islam in order to argue that Islam does not sanction killing of innocents and it actually values human life.
“…if any one slew a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people…”
However the truth is that the above extract is actually an act of prevarication by defenders of Islam. It’s basically a partial text
Now look at the full text from Quran
Chapter 5 verse 32 “…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people…”
It’s clear that the above verse comes with two caveats and conditions.
Notice them below:
“Unless it be for murder”
“Or for spreading mischief in the land”
Now it’s very easy for anyone to use the above verse to justify an attack on any group of people. This is because the above verse is highly vulnerable for blatant exploitation.
The pertinent question here is:
Who is going to decide the meaning of “mischief in the land” in the aforementioned verse?
What constitutes as mischief?
This could mean anything to anyone.
ISIS correctly interprets the above verse since according to their ideology, the Western freedom and culture has been “spreading mischief in the land” so it is justified to target them.
For instance, ISIS has called Paris the “capital of prostitution and obscenity” in their official statement after the Paris Attacks.
This means that ISIS had viewed “capital of prostitution and obscenity” as “mischief in the land” in their ideology and hence they carried out the attacks.
Similarly anyone can classify anything as “mischief” and use the above verse to justify an attack on anyone.
This is why I say that the religion of Islam needs a complete reformation.
Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, has reached the same conclusion by saying “as a whole [Islam] is not well geared to reviving and modernising itself so that it meets the values and the norms of a 21st Century society”.