Quran Mentions Killing innocent Lives in Islam

It is important to know that all innocent lives are equal in islam.
There is no difference 
between the rich and the poor, the man and the woman,
the free and the slave.
All are equal in the eyes of Allah Almighty.
 “…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…” Quran 5:32
“It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light.
By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed (as in Islam)
to Allah.s will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the
protection of Allah.s book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men,
but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by
(the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers.
We ordained therein for them: “Life for life, eye for eye, nose or nose, ear for ear,
tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal.” But if any one remits the retaliation
by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by
(the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (No better than) wrong-doers. And
in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come
before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and
of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to
those who fear 
Allah. Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed
therein. If any do 
fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no
better than) those who 
rebel. “ Quran 5:44-48
Say, “Come let me tell you what your Lord has really prohibited for you: You shall not set up idols besides Him. You shall honor your parents. You shall not kill your children from fear of poverty―we provide for you and for them. You shall not commit gross sins, obvious or hidden. You shall not kill―GOD has made life sacred―except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that
you may understand.”
Quran 6:151
“You shall not kill any person―for GOD has made life sacred―except in the course of justice. If one is killed unjustly, then we give his heir authority to enforce justice. Thus, he shall not exceed the limits in avenging the murder, he will be helped.”
Quran 17:33
Those who invoke not, with God, any other god, nor slay such life as God has made sacred except for just cause, nor commit fornication; – and any that does this (not only) meets punishment.  (But) the Penalty on the Day Of Judgement will be doubled
To him, and he will dwell Therein in ignominy. “
Quran 25:68-69
Here the above Noble Verses, we see that if you kill one innocent soul (whether it was
Muslim soul or not), then it is like committing a crime against all people.
We also see that Allah Almighty considers the
innocent soul as a “sacredsoul.
Notice that Allah Almighty will double the punishment for those who commit murders
against any innocent souls.

The Major Commandments

Quran 6:151 Say, “Come let me tell you what your Lord has really prohibited for you:

 You shall not set up idols besides Him. 

You shall honor your parents. 

You shall not kill your children from fear of poverty―we provide for you and for

You shall not commit gross sins, obvious or hidden. 

You shall not kill―GOD has made life sacred―except in the course of justice. 

These are His commandments to you, that you may understand.”

While the Quran generally discourages capital punishment (2:178), murder is one of the few instances in which capital punishment is permitted.

The verse after 5:32, we see an explanation of when capital punishment may be

Discouraging Capital Punishment*
Quran 2:178 “O you who believe, equivalence is the law decreed for you when dealing with murder―the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the female for the female. If
one is pardoned by the victim’s kin, an appreciative response is in order, and an
equitable compensation shall be paid. This is an alleviation from your Lord and
mercy. Anyone who transgresses beyond this incurs a painful retribution.”
Capital Punishment: When is it Justified?
Quran 5:33 “The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate
them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter.”
*2:178 The Quran clearly discourages capital punishment. Every kind of excuse is provided to spare lives, including the life of the murderer. The victim’s kin may find it better, under certain circumstances, to spare the life of the murderer in exchange for an equitable compensation. Also capital punishment.
To conclude, while capital punishment is discouraged in Quran, in certain cases it serves justice. When an individual who fights God and His messenger, and commits horrendous crimes is involved, God tells us in Quran 5:33 that capital punishment is justified.
Thus, the operation to kill Bin Laden, is not against God’s law in Quran, and it is in the cause of justice from a Submission-related (Islamic) perspective.
The laws of murder in Islam:

Let us look at what Allah Almighty said in the Noble Quran:

Quran 2:178 “O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman.  But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord.  After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty.”
Quran 2:179 “Equivalence is a life saving law for you, O you who possess intelligence, that you may be righteous.
We clearly see that Allah Almighty used to punish to death those who commit intentional murders among the People of Israel.  This law is still effective in Islam, and killing the murderer is still a valid law in Islam, but there is however another alternative for punishment, and that is accepting by choice the blood money
If the relatives of the slain person wish to have an open and forgiving heart, then they can forgive the murderer under the condition that he compensate them with money for their slain son or relative.  The demand should be reasonable.
If the relatives do not wish to forgive the murderer, then he is to get executed by the Islamic ruling authority.

If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers. We ordained therein for them: “Life for lifeeye for eyenose or noseear for eartooth for toothand wounds equal for equal.” But if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (No better than) wrong-doers. Quran 5:44-48

The Purpose of Wudu

The Purpose of Wudu


“O you who believe, when you get up to observe the Salat, you shall wash your faces and your arms to the elbows, and wipe your heads and your feet to the ankles.” 5:6

This is the ablution decreed in the Quran. It consists of four simple steps:

1Wash the face

2Wash the arms to the elbows

3Wipe the head

4Wipe the feet to the ankles.

But is this the ablution that is performed by 99% of Muslims today?

The answer is no!

In spite of this very clear command in the Quran, the majority of Muslims today perform their ablution in a different way. The ablution they perform is taken from the “sunna” (methods of the Prophet).

They follow an ablution which they believe is how the prophet Muhammad performed. In addition to the four steps prescribed in the Quran, they also wash the hands to the wrists, the mouth, the nose (nostrils), the ears, and the neck.

They argue that since “Al-Nazafah min al-Imaan” or (cleanliness is an attribute of good faith), as their hadith says, then the more steps one performs to achieve better cleanliness is encouraged.

Performing these additional steps in ablution, none of which are in the Quran, compels us to ask the following questions:

1- Is it conceivable that the Prophet whom we are told in the Quran was a “fine example” for the believers (33:21), and who was commanded very firmly by God to follow only what was revealed to him (46:9 and 10:15), has in fact disregarded the Quranic ablution and devised his own version of ablution?

2- And if the Prophet devised a different method for ablution, would that mean that the ablution prescribed in the Quran by God is inadequate? Has the Prophet in fact devised a better method of ablution?

3- All this ultimately leads to the crucial question: is physical cleanliness the main purpose and aim of ablution after all?

The only answer to the first and second questions must be the negative. The Prophet could never have devised or followed a different format for ablution than what God gave him in the Quran.

As to the third question one must pose and reflect on the following thoughts:

If the primary purpose of ablution was in fact cleanliness why did God not command us to wash under our arms (arm pits), or our private parts, or better still to take a bath? Surely those parts of our body are more in need of washing than ones face! If the primary purpose of ablution was cleanliness why did God only say “wipe your heads” and not “wash your heads”? Surely, wiping the head does not properly clean it!

The obvious and rational answer to these questions is that the purpose of ablution cannot be primarily for physical cleanliness. Ablution is nothing more than a simple command from God to test our obedience. Are we going to obey God in four simple steps or will the devil dupe us into changing God’s command?

This test is in fact identical to the test given to Adam and Eve with regards to the forbidden tree. Why did God place the forbidden tree among all the others and warn Adam not to eat its fruit? Obviously there was nothing wrong with the fruit of the tree because when Adam and Eve ate its fruit no physical harm befell them, however Adam and Eve failed in the simple test of obedience to God. The devil tricked them exactly in the same way he is tricking millions of Muslims today into disobeying the simplest of God’s commands!

Satan’s tricks are always the same, God Almighty has warned us that the devil will entice us with lies and illusions. In the case of Adam, the devil tricked him into believing that the fruit of the forbidden tree is better than the others saying:

“O Adam let me show you the tree of eternity and unending kingship 20:120

Similarly, in the case of ablution the devil has enticed the millions into believing that there is a better way than the one prescribed by God! To make it more convincing, he has tricked us into believing that the Prophet followed the “improved ablution“! In reality the Prophet is innocent of all these fabricated lies ascribed to him. There is no doubt whatsoever that the Prophet must have followed God’s commands in the Quran by the letter without altering them.

If cleanliness was the issue exploited by Satan to instill his poison, we find that God has given us sufficient indications in the Quran to confirm that ablution is merely a test of obedience and not a matter of cleanliness, they are:

First: The parts of the body addressed in the Quranic ablution (5:6) are not the parts of the body that need cleansing the most (under the arm pits and private parts are more in need of frequent cleansing).

Second: Why did God command us to wash the faces and arms but only wipe the heads? Since wiping the head does not really clean it, it must be taken as another indication from God to confirm that physical cleanliness is not the main issue, and that obeying God’s simple commands is the real issue and test.

Third: The third confirmation is found in the following verse:

“………… if you are ill or travelling, or you had urinary or fecal-related excretion, or physically contacted the women, and you cannot find water, you shall observe “Tayammum” (dry ablution), by touching clean dry soil, then wiping your faces and hands therewith.” 4:43

The very important observation here is that the one who has just been to the toilet or has just had sex with his/her spouse really needs to wash their private parts and not the face and hands! However, and in the absence of water, the command from God is to wipe the face and the hands in dry ablution (which obviously will not clean the private parts). Once again this confirms that the whole issue of ablution is not one of physical cleanliness, but simply a test of obedience.

Sadly, this is the route taken by millions of Muslims throughout the world. Not only do they add their own innovations to God’s simple commands, but they also add the most ridiculous conditions possible. Some will tell you that if the water slides from your elbow to your wrist that your ablution is void, and that the correct method is for the water to slide in the opposite direction! Others will quote hadith stipulating ridiculous things like the importance of sneezing upon waking up, and the method of sneezing .. etc!

God tells us in the Quran two pieces of knowledge that come to mind in connection to the issue of ablution and the arguments of such people:

1- God has created the human being, and thus God knows us perfectly well. God knows that no matter how simple His commands may be, yet the human being will always argue unnecessarily …..

“We have cited in this Quran every kind of example, but the human being is the most argumentative creature.” 18:54

2- Reference can also be made to the story of the people of Israel when they were commanded to sacrifice a heifer (young cow), but they went on dithering and demanding all sorts of unnecessary clarifications, when the command was very simple for them to execute (see Sura 2, verses 67-74)

Finally, we must also mention the word “taharah” (purification) and its connection to the subject of ablution. Does “taharah” mean physical cleanliness as many Muslims believe or does it have a different meaning?

Let us read some of the Quranic verses that speaks of “taharah“:

– “The angels said, “O Mary, God has chosen you and “tahharik” (purified you). He has chosen you from all the women.” 3:42

It is obvious here that God did not take Mary and physically clean her! The word “tahharik” used here is related to spiritual purity.

– “Take from their money a charity to “tuttaherahum” (purify them) and sanctify them.” 9:103

Once again it is clear that this command, which is directed to the messenger, is to take a donation to charity from the believers so as to purify them spiritually (and not to clean them physically).

– “God does not wish to “yotahir qulubahum” (purify their hearts). They have incurred humiliation in this world, and in the Hereafter, they will suffer a terrible retribution.” 5:41

Once again, the meaning here is of spiritual cleansing and not the physical cleansing of the heart.

The Quran stresses that the concept of “taharah” (spiritual purity) is attained through worshipping God and submitting to His commands and to His Will, and not through scrubbing away at our limbs!

Through our obedience to God and His law (the command in 5:6 is one example) and without arguing, amending and altering His commands, we would indeed attain the “taharah” (spiritual purity) which moves us closer to our God and our Creator.