Here is how the Quran sanction the killing of innocents

November 14, 2015

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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”.

 

5 Responses to “Here is how the Quran sanction the killing of innocents”


  1. […] 5:32 of the Quran, which states that Islam forbids killing of innocents. But this verse has an evident loophole which is easily manipulated by ISIS and similar Islamic extremists to justify terror attacks. […]


  2. There is another caveat. The children of Israel. Does this verse apply to muslims at all.


  3. Sir, 5:32 is meant for Jews and not Muslims. Full text is here: YUSUFALI: On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that 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. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.


  4. Why don’t you share the whole verse?
    I think we both know why.

    This verse says, “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.”

    Nothing in there about laws for Muslims or what they are ordered to do by the Koran, nothing at all.

    The verses for Muslims say, “For those who believe”, meaning for believers aka Muslims.

  5. Tauseef Khan Says:

    This article totally misrepresents Islam. ISIS are but anything close to Islam as presented by the Holy Quran and practiced by the founder of Islam Prophet Muhammad (as).

    The disorder in the land in the Quran does not “mean anything to anyone”.

    The beauty of the Quran is that it explains everything itself. It does not need an external book to explain itself.

    The explanation of disorder (or mischief/corruption – the word used is فَسَادٍ ) in the land is given in the second Surah:

    2:206 And when he is in authority, he runs about in the land to create disorder in it and destroy the crops and the progeny of man; and Allah loves not disorder.

    Meaning those who destroy livelihoods (crops, food) and those who kill people (men,women and children) are creating disorder.

    ISIS is creating disorder in the land and are thus are a total Anti-thesis of Islam.


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