Identity-Based Killing

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  • | Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

The value of life in the cause of Allah is greater than that of death in His cause.In Islam, the value of life is really great; Islam came to emphasize that man is Allah’s vicegerent on earth who has the responsibility to rehabilitate this earth and urbanize the land. It instructs that an unjust assault against one human being is considered an assault against the entire humanity. Therefore, a Muslim is enjoined in all cases to adjust his behavior according to the general principle mentioned in the verse which reads “Enter into Islam completely and perfectly”]Al-Baqarah: 208[. The identity-based killing ongoing nowadays is a clear reflection of deep-rooted tribalism that constituted a part of the culture of the pre-Islamic age of ignorance “Jahilliah”.
 The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] forbade tribalism, saying “Leave it (tribalism)! It is a detestable thing”. (Narrated by al-Shaykhan and others).
Killing based on religious identity, among other things, is a slogan adopted by the terrorist groups who seek to ignite the fire of sectarianism against the others who belong to a different ethnicity, religion or fiction.

 

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