Disregard for the Blood of Others
All praise belongs to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon the Final Prophet.
The wise person who evaluates the condition of people throughout the world today, and the bloody revolutions which have taken place in some Islamic countries (may Allah protect them and their residents), fears that we are nearing the time mentioned by ‘Ābis al-Ghifāri, who heard Prophet (pbuh) mentioning six things he feared for his followers:
“The leadership of children, the excess of police, bribery in governing, breaking family ties, disregard for blood, and a generation who treats the Qur’an like a flute and makes a man lead them in prayer – singing for them – who is neither the most knowledgeable of them nor the best of them.”(1)
In light of this bitter reality, it is befitting that we ask a number of important questions, seeking their answers from the beacon of prophethood, so that each believer may ponder on his current position and the direction in which the Islamic nation is heading:
1. Which is greater in the Sight of Allah: violating the sanctity of a Muslim by spilling his blood or violating Allah’s Sacred House [in Makkah]?
2. What is the Islamic position toward those who join revolutions or incite others to do so, such as the preachers propagating strife from the pulpit and ignite the fires of revolution? It is as if I can look at them all telling the revolutionaries: “March forward in your path. You will either attain victory or martyrdom!!”
3. What is the position of the Sunni scholars toward revolutions in their early stages and after becoming exacerbated?
Dear reader, there is absolutely no debate about the fact that Allah reveres the sanctity of the Muslim more than His Sacred House. Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr said,
“I saw Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) circumambulating the Ka’bah and saying, ‘O how good you are and how good is your scent! O how great you are and how great is your sanctity! [I swear] by the One in whose Hand Muhammad’s soul is, respecting the sanctity of the believer’s wealth and blood – and thinking only good of him – is greater [in the Sight of] Allah than you.’”(2)
What, then, is wrong with people today – disregarding the blood of others and spilling it left and right?! What is wrong with them – acting carelessly with lives, taking them everywhere in sight?! Have they never heard, even once in their lives, that the sanctity of the blood of a Muslim is greater in the Sight of Allah than His Sacred House?!
The bitter truth which we must clarify truthfully and without stammering or hesitating – such that it is as clear as the sun at high-noon – is Islam’s stance on those who disregard others’ blood and ignite the fires resulting in bloodshed, whether they belong to loathsome and foolish organizations or are those responsible for reckless political analyses, for their minds are but naught. Usayd ibn al-Mutashammis said:
“A group of us traveled with the Ash’ariyoon and were in a hurry so we left the others behind. A young girl came riding a mule so I drew her near a tree and helped her dismount then returned to the place I was sitting. Abu Musa then said, ‘Shall I tell you all something Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) used to say to us?’ We all said, ‘Of course.’ He said, ‘Near the end of time there will be much turmoil.’ We said, ‘What kind of turmoil do you mean?’ He said, ‘Killing and lying.’ We said, ‘More than we kill these days?’ He said, ‘I don’t mean killing disbelievers as you all do.’ We became silent and none of us knew just what he meant so we asked, ‘What do you mean then?’ He said, ‘A man shall kill his own brother.’ We said, ‘Will we be sane then?’ He said, ‘No. Most of the people of your era will lose their minds, and none will remain but riffraff; they will think they are following the truth, yet they will not be. I swear by Him in whose Hand my soul is, I fear that those days will reach you and that we will not find a way out through the advice our Prophet (pbuh) gave us other than leaving them just as we entered them without innovating anything in them.’”(3)
Allah’s Messenger said, “Near the Hour (4) there will be much killing.” His Companions responded, “Even more than we kill now?! Every year we kill more than seventy thousand people!” He said, “You will not kill the polytheists; rather, you will kill one another.” They responded, “Will we be sane then?” He said, “The people of that era will lose their minds and the riffraff will remain. Most of them will believe they are following the truth, but they will not be.” ‘Affān said, “Abu Musa said, ‘I swear by Him in whose Hand my soul is, I see no way out for you and I if those days reach us other than leaving them just as we entered them without spilling anyone’s blood or taking anyone’s wealth.’” (5)
“There will be tribulations in which men will lose their minds so much that you will hardly see any sane man.” (6)
“Five tribulations have been placed in this nation: a general tribulation, then a specific tribulation, then a general tribulation, then a specific tribulation, then the total blind and deaf tribulation in which people will become like animals.” (7)
There is absolutely no comparison between a man who, in times of turmoil, loses his mind and speaks like a madman such that people hurl themselves into the kiln of mayhem, and a scholar well-grounded in the pure knowledge of the Sunnah who, in times of turmoil, solves problems with wisdom and insight in light of the prophetic methodology.
Once a group of people were considering revolting due to a problem that had taken place in Baghdad so Abul-Ḥārith asked Imam Aḥmad about it saying, “What is your opinion on joining them in revolting?” He disapproved saying, “Glory be to Allah!! This is blood we’re talking about! I do not support or encourage such actions. Patience with our circumstances is better than turmoil in which peoples’ blood is shed, their wealth is seized, and women are raped. Don’t you know what people faced (in the times of turmoil)?!” I said, “Are the people not in turmoil now?!” He said, “This type of turmoil only affects individuals; but if the sword falls, turmoil will affect everyone and mass destruction will take place. Being patient and preserving your faith is better for you than that.” He also denounced revolting against leaders saying, “I do not encourage bloodshed.” (8)
Imam Ibn Ḥazm al-Andalusi wrote enlightening words after gaining profound first-hand experience upon witnessing the turmoil of the Berber revolts against the Umayyad Dynasty in al-Andalus. He saw how the hopes of every revolutionary eventually turned into regret, sadness, evil, and corruption. He said, “The flowers of turmoil do not bloom.”(9) He meant that turmoil has a glittering and deceptive appearance at the beginning and people become enchanted with its beauty, hoping to witness its positive outcomes, yet it dies and withers away ever so quickly just like a flower that dies before ever blooming.
Every individual should fear Allah when it comes to the blood of Muslims and beware of meeting Allah having unrightfully spilled the blood of a Muslim, even if only doing so by a word, a gesture or something less; this is a predicament that very few people can escape – may Allah protect us from such.
In conclusion, I beg Allah to safeguard the blood of Muslims in the East and the West of the earth, and to protect us all from apparent and unapparent trials, tribulations, and turmoil; indeed, He is the Most Kind, the Most Gentle, and the Most Generous.
1 Related by al-Ḥāfiẓ aṭ-Ṭabarāni in “Al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr,” (14493) with an authentic chain of narration.
2 Sunan Ibn Mājah, (#3932), it’s chain of narration is authentic.
3 Musnad al-Bazzār, (1/461, #3047); its chain of narration is authentic on the authority of al-Ḥasan.
4 The Hour: the end of time.
5 Musnad al-Imām Aḥmad, (19492); its chain of narration is authentic.
6 Related by Na‘īm Ibn Ḥammād in his book “al-Fitan,” (1/62, #107); graded authentic by al-Hindi in “Kanz al-‘Ummāl,” (11/179 #31126).
7 Mustadrak al-Ḥākim, (8350); on the authority of Ṭāriq Ibn Shihāb, who narrated from Munthir ath-Thawri, who heard it from ‘Āṣim Ibn Ḍamurah, who heard it from Ali. Al- Ḥākim said, “This ḥadith has an authentic chain of narration, although [Bukhari and Muslim] did not narrate it.” Ath-Thahabi agreed with him on this point.
8 Narrated by al-Khallāl in “as-Sunnah,” (1/132, #89) with an authentic chain of narration on the authority of Muhammad Ibn Abi Hārūn and Muhammad Ibn Ja’far.
9 Al-Akhlāq was-Siyar, (84).