Immeasurable Offenses

Salamualaykum,

Thanks to my handy dandy NYTimes App, I get news fairly quickly and I check it pretty religiously….not that I should want to, considering that most of the news from the Muslim world is incredibly disheartening. Though this has probably been happening for a while and in many different locations, I still can’t seem to understand why or how a Muslim, regardless of his or her sect of self-proclaimed label could execute, murder, kill another Muslim; another brother or sister in Islam.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/world/middleeast/15iran.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=iran&st=cse

“It is not for a believer to kill a believer except (that it be) by mistake, and whosoever kills a believer by mistake, (it is ordained that) he must set free a believing slave and a compensation (blood money, i.e Diya) be given to the deceased’s family, unless they remit it. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you and he was a believer; the freeing of a believing slave (is prescribed), and if he belonged to a people with whom you have a treaty of mutual alliance, compensation (blood money – Diya) must be paid to his family, and a believing slave must be freed. And whoso finds this (the penance of freeing a slave) beyond his means, he must fast for two consecutive months in order to seek repentance from Allah. And Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.”

“And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.”

–Surah An-Nisa’ [92-93]

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