When legal to take life.

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In what circumstances, killing may be allowed?



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When legal to take life

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.17 Narrated by Abdullah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be

worshipped but Allah and that I am His Messenger cannot be shed except in three cases: 

1. In ‘Qisas’ (retribution) for murder,

2. a married person who is convicted of illegal sexual intercourse, and

3. the one who reverts from Islam (declares apostasy) and leaves the Muslims."


No individual has a right in Islam to kill another person.  In all of the above listed three situations, the person must be convicted of his crime in a Shariah Court of Law….and it is the Shariah Judge who alone has the right and the authority to pass the sentence of capital punishment on the convict. 


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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