What the Koran Says, Part 4

What the Koran Says about Killing and War

Crusades (Artist Unknown)

Crusades (Artist Unknown)

  • [2.190] Fight in the way of Allah those who fight against you, but do not aggress. Allah does not love the aggressors.
    [2.191] Kill them wherever you find them. Drive them out of the places from which they drove you. Dissension is greater than killing. But do not fight them by the Holy Mosque unless they attack you there; if they fight you, kill them. Like this is the recompense of the unbelievers,
    [2.192] but if they desist, know that Allah is the Forgiver and the Most Merciful.
    [2.193] Fight against them until there is no dissension, and the religion is for Allah. But if they desist, there shall be no aggression except against the harmdoers.
    [2.194] The sacred month for the sacred month, prohibitions are (subject to) retaliation. If any one aggresses against you, so aggress against him with the likeness of that which he has aggressed against you. Fear Allah, and know that Allah is with the cautious.
  • [4.91] You will find others desiring to be secure from you, and secure from their own nation. Whenever they are called back to sedition, they plunge into it. If they do not keep away from you and offer you peace, and restrain their hands, take them and kill them wherever you find them. Those, over them, We give you clear authority.
    [4.92] It is not for a believer to kill another believer, except that it is by error. Whosoever kills a believer in error, let him free a believing slave, and ransom is to be handed to his family, unless they forgo being charitable. If he belonged to a people who are your enemies and is a believer then, the setting free of a believing slave. If he belonged to a people in which there is between you and them a treaty, then a ransom is to be handed to his family and the setting free of a believing slave. But, if he does not find (the means) let him fast two consecutive months in repentance to Allah. And Allah is the Knower, the Wise.
    [4.93] The recompense for he who kills a believer deliberately is Gehenna (Hell), he is eternal there. Allah will be angry with him and will curse him and prepare for him a great punishment.
    [4.94] Believers, if you are journeying in the way of Allah, do not say to those who offer you peace, until it has been clarified:  ‘You are not believers,’ seeking the enjoyment of the worldly life, with Allah there are many spoils. You were like that before, and Allah has been gracious to you. Therefore let it be clarified. Surely, Allah is Aware of what you do.
  • [5.32] That was why We wrote for the Children of Israel that who ever killed a soul, except for a soul slain, or for sedition in the earth, it should be considered as though he had killed all mankind; and that who ever saved it should be regarded as though he had saved all mankind. Our Messengers brought them proofs; then many of them thereafter commit excesses in the earth.
    [5.33] The recompense of those who make war against Allah and His Messenger and spread corruption in the land is that they are to be killed or crucified, or have their hand and a foot cut off on opposite sides, or be expelled from the land. For them is shame in this world and a great punishment in the Everlasting Life;
    [5.34] except those who repent before you have power over them. For you must know that Allah is Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
  • [6.151/2] Say: ‘Come, I will recite to you what your Lord forbids you; that you shall associate anything with Him; that you shall be good to your parents, that you shall not kill your children because of poverty, We provide for you and for them, that you shall not commit foul deeds whether openly or in secret, and that you shall not kill the soul that Allah has forbidden except by right. With such Allah charges you, in order that you understand.
  • [9.5] When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Take them and confine them, then lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and establish the prayer and pay the obligatory charity, let them go their way. Allah is Forgiving and the Most Merciful (see also 9.46, 123).
  • [17.16] When We desire to annihilate a village, We command those who live in ease, but they commit evil therein, then the Word is realized against it and it is utterly annihilated.
    [22.39] Permission is given to those who fight because they were wronged. Allah has power to grant them victory:
    [22.40] those who have been unjustly driven from their homes, just because they said: ‘Our Lord is Allah’….


  • [4.74] So let those who sell the worldly life for the Everlasting Life fight in the way of Allah, whoever fights in the way of Allah, and is killed or conquers, We shall give him a great wage.
    [4.75] So why is it, that you do not fight in the way of Allah, and for the abased among men, women, and children who say: ‘Our Lord, bring us out from this village whose people are harmdoers, and give to us a guardian from You, and give to us a helper from You. ‘
    [4.76] And those who believe fight in the way of Allah, but those who disbelieve fight in the way of the idol. Therefore, fight against those guided by satan. Indeed, satan’s guile is always weak.
    [4.77] Have you not seen those to whom it has been said: ‘Restrain your hands, establish your prayers and pay the obligatory charity. ‘ Then, as soon as fighting is written for them, there is a party of them fearing people as they would fear Allah, or with stronger fear. And they say: ‘Our Lord, why have You written fighting for us, why not postpone us to a near term? ‘ Say: ‘The pleasure of this life is little. The Everlasting Life is better for the cautious. You shall not be wronged a single tissue (of the fine skin that covers a date stone).
    [4.78] Wherever you are, death will overtake you, even if you shall be in the fortified, high towers. ‘ If bounty reaches them, they say: ‘This is from Allah, ‘ but when evil hits them, they say: ‘This is from you. ‘ Say to them: ‘All is from Allah! ‘ What is the matter with this people that they scarcely understand any statement.
    [4.79] Whatever good reaches you, it is from Allah, and whatever evil reaches you, it is from yourself. We have sent you (Prophet Muhammad) as a Messenger to humanity. Allah is sufficient for a Witness.
    [4.80] Whosoever obeys the Messenger, indeed he has obeyed Allah. As for those who turn away, We have not sent you to be their protector.
  • [78.31] But, for the cautious [duteous] a place of prosperity,
    [78.32] and gardens and vineyards,
    [78.33] curvaceous (virgins), of equal age
    [78.34] and an overflowing cup.
    [78.35] There, they shall neither hear idle talk, nor yet any falsehood,
    [78.36] a recompense from your Lord, a gift, a reckoning,


  • [37.40] But for the sincere worshipers of Allah,
    [37.41] there is waiting for them a known provision;
    [37.42] fruits. And they are receivers of generosity
    [37.43] in the Gardens of Delight,
    [37.44] sitting face to face upon couches,
    [37.48] And with them will be maidens (houris) who restrain their wide glances
    [37.49] as if they were hidden pearls.
  • [38.50] the Gardens of Eden whose gates shall be open to them,
    [38.51] in which they will recline, and call for abundant fruit and drink therein.
    [38.52] And with them will be maidens of equal age with modest gaze.
    [38.53] ‘This is what you are promised on the Day of Recompense,
    [38.54] this is Our unending provision.’
  • [44.40] The Day of Decision is the appointed time for all.
    [44.51] Indeed, for those who feared (Allah) is a secure place
    [44.52] amidst gardens and fountains,
    [44.53] dressed in silks and brocade, set face to face.
    [44.54] As such, We shall wed them to wide-eyed houris (the virgins of Paradise).
    [44.55] There in security, they will call for every kind of fruit.
    [44.56] There they shall not taste death, except the first death, and He will shield them from the punishment of Hell,
    [44.57] as a bounty from your Lord.  That will be the mighty triumph.
  • [52.17] But in the Gardens the righteous shall live in bliss,
    [52.18] rejoicing in all their Lord has given them, and their Lord will guard them against the punishment of Hell.
    [52.19] (It will be said):  ‘Eat and drink with a good appetite because of that which you did.’
    [52.20] (They shall be) reclining on couches ranged in rows and We shall wed them to houris (virgins of Paradise) with large wide eyes.
  • [55.56] Therein are maidens who restrain their glances, whom neither human nor jinn have touched before.
    [55.72] Maidens (of Paradise, Houris) in cloistered cool pavilions.
  • [56.1] When the Event (the resurrection) comes
    [56.16] they shall recline, facing each other,
    [56.17] (and there) shall wait on them immortal youths
    [56.18] with goblets and ewers, and a cup from a spring
    [56.22] And wide-eyed houris
    [56.23] like hidden pearls,
    [56.24] a recompense for all that they did.
    [56.35] Indeed We formed them (the houris and all believing women),
    [56.36] and made them virgins,
    [56.37] chaste, loving companions of the same age
    [56.38] for the Companions of the Right
  • [78.31] But, for the cautious a place of prosperity,
    [78.32] and gardens and vineyards,
    [78.33] curvaceous (virgins), of equal age
    [78.34] and an overflowing cup.

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