الحمدللہ ربّ العالمین والصلاۃ و السلام علی خاتم النبیین و علی آلہ و اصحابہ اجمعین و علی کل من تبعھم ﺑﺈﺣﺳﺎن الی یوم الدین،
The more the Quran and Sunnah have emphasised the value of human life, the higher is the degree of its violation nowadays. Murdering for petty reasons has become so common that human life is now not even afforded the respect that is given to the life of a fly or mosquito. Patriotism and factional dissention regrettably lead even those who are deemed as religious into this heinous crime and some even commit this offence as a ‘service’ to the Deen. It seems that the verses and traditions of the Quran and Sunnah that have so strongly emphasised the sanctity of human life and that have pronounced unmatched warnings against its unjustified violation are not before them, or that due attention is not being paid to them. Hence, I desired to compile these verses and traditions in the present treatise. A Muslim -no matter how sinful- certainly has respect for the directives of the Quran and Sunnah at heart and thus, perhaps some servant of Allah will take a fresh look at his conduct by reading this treatise. Therefore, the fruit of this endeavour will,
Insha’allah, have been attained even if it encourages just one person to repent from this sin or from being involved in it in any way out of the fear of Allah.
The verses of the Noble Quran that discuss the sanctity of human life have been quoted in the beginning. Thereafter, forty Ahadith of the Holy Prophet ﷺ pertaining to the sacredness of human life have been narrated. This is followed by the sayings of the Holy Prophet ﷺ that provide guidance for the general Muslims when an oppressive ruler seizes control. The teachings of the Quran and Sunnah in the situation of civil strife between Muslims have been related thereafter.
May Allah Tabarak wa Ta’ala make this treatise beneficial and may He Grant us the ability to practise upon His teachings and the teachings of His Noble Prophet ﷺ. Amin, Amin.
(Hazrat Maulana Mufti) Muhammad Taqi Usmani (اللہ ورعاہ حفظہ)
Darul Uloom Karachi 4 Sha’baan 1430 A.H.