Whoever kills an innocent life, it as if he has killed the entire humanity. (Al-Maidah: 32)

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Just before the Hour, there will be days when knowledge will disappear, ignorance will become widespread and there will be much Harj. And Harj means killing.” (Sunan Ibn Majah 4050)

No one can truly know when The Hour will be except for Allah. But, there are many references to the Day of Judgement in the Qur’an and hadith of its major and minor signs — and one of it is widespread, senseless killings.

Violence is becoming the norm that it floods our news feed daily.

Killing today is headline fodder that sometimes doesn’t even get people to bat an eyelash.

Killings and murders remain a crime and major sin.

Such violence has no place in Islam, a religion so complete that it has a solution to every problem, including mitigating conflicts. And central to the Deen is peace and honouring the right of every human.

Allah says in the Quran, meaning: “And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives [up his right as] charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed — then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (5:45)

Embracing the meaning of this ayaah is knowing that the Islamic values and law are there to protect the rights of every individual, to honour them and to honour life.

We must condemn crimes of all forms. And remember: one may escape the judgement of this world, but one will never be able to escape Allah’s judgement in Akhirah.

An environment without violence, oppression and injustice is achievable. Each of us has the responsibility to strive for this: working collectively as a unit of the family, society and nation. The Deen has shown us the way. It’s time to practise and embed all its values as taught by our beloved Prophet (pbuh).

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