Murders Caused by Disbelief
…those who do not call on
any other god together with Allah and do not kill anyone Allah
has made inviolate, except with the right to do so, and do
not fornicate; anyone who does that will receive an evil punishment
(Surat al-Furqan: 68)
far from the values of Islam inflicts many harms on society. The
prevalence of mercilessness, rage and violence are among these harms.
Disbelieving people readily commit murder when they feel their interests
are at stake or when they cannot keep the rage they feel for one
another under control.
Many are the people who stab another to death for no
reason at all, who murder an immediate family member or a stranger
out of a spark of jealousy or rage. Add to this picture, serial
killers and hired gunmen. Newspapers and TV news abounding with
murder stories are indications of the degeneration consequent upon
Those failing to observe the limits set by Allah readily
All around the world, tens of thousands of people are
killed every day. There are people who kill taxi cab-drivers at
midnight for a handful of money. There are numerous hired gunmen
who earn their living by murdering people they do not know. These
people often take refuge in
irrational pretexts like "If I did not take this money, I would
die of hunger." All these are the acts of violence occurring as
a result of lives bereft of knowledge of the divine purpose.
There are those who kill only for pleasure, or serial
killers who engage in the slaughter of innocent people. There are
those who kill their own parents or hire someone else to kill them
only to inherit their fortune. There are those who commit murder
out of jealousy, and others who, driven by a desire for vengeance,
wait for years to take their revenge. There are those who kill complete
strangers because they do not like the way they look at them. There
are those who massacre an entire family, including women and children,
because of a blood feud. There are those raiding kindergartens and
terrorising little hearts. The examples are legion and there is
no end to the bad news appearing in the press everyday.
2 July 2001
Time, 19 March 2001
One of the reasons why all these happen is because of
ignoring the verse below:
Those who do not call on any other
god together with Allah and do not kill anyone Allah has made inviolate,
except with the right to do so, and do not fornicate. Anyone who
does that will receive an evil punishment. (Surat al-Furqan: 68)
As the verse above suggests, Allah threatens people
who kill a person without just cause with a grievous punishment.
Allah informs us that killing a single person is as evil as killing
all people. However, today, people frequently commit murder because
they do not obey these verses and their hearts are void of fear
for Allah. Having no faith in the hereafter and feigning ignorance
of the fact that they will give account for such violence, people
may well behave with such cruelty. It is, however, unlikely that
a person observing the limits of Allah will fail to keep his rage
under control and thus harm another person. People can escape justice
in this world but this is impossible in the presence of Allah after
one's death. One cannot escape from eternal punishment. Allah draws
our attention to this issue in the following verse:
As for those who reject Allah's
Signs, and kill the Prophets without any right to do so, and kill
those who command justice, give them news of a painful punishment.
(Surah Ali 'Imran: 21)
PEOPLE WHO HAVE DRIFTED FROM RELIGION RAISE CRUEL
These children, who are highly influenced by films,
are the unavoidable consequence of disbelieving societies.
Murders have recently risen higher on the world agenda
because of another saddening dimension, namely violence towards
children by other children. Recent school shootings by children
clearly show the vulnerability of children to cruelty. Their fresh
minds and hearts are deeply impregnated by television programmes
and films full of violence of unprecedented proportions. Especially,
murder scenes, which dominate some films, put many children at risk,
making the dark side of disbelief apparent.
What actually pushes young people into such a gloomy
condition and making them prone to cruelty is the existence of people
astray from the religion. These people do not have fear of Allah
and, furthermore, they raise cruel offspring having no fear of Allah.
They instil in their children wrong actions rather than mercy, compassion,
justice and wisdom, in brief: values of disbelief. The prayer of
the prophet Nuh, peace be upon him, mentioned in the Qur'an shows
that all disbelievers have similar cruel manners:
Nuh said, 'My Lord! do not leave
a single one of the disbelievers on earth! If You leave any they
will misguide Your slaves and spawn nothing but more dissolute disbelievers.
My Lord! forgive me and my parents and all who enter my house as
believers, and all the men and women of the believers. But do not
increase the wrongdoers except in ruin!' (Surat Nuh: 26-28)
This child who looks very innocent, despite his youth carried
out a horrible massacre. All the pain these people suffer
is because of this child. The end is nigh for any society
where children are not provided with values. The soaring number
of child murderers has become a human tragedy in every respect.