Surah Nisa – killing a believer intentionally

Question ID: 20622

The Qur’an states quite categorically:

“But whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.” (Surah Nisa, v 93).

With this verse in mind, history testifies that during the battles of Siffeen and Jamal, many Muslims lost their lives at the hands of other Muslims.

Our honourable ulema have informed us that regardless of what happened in the battles, as Sunni Muslims we must have good opinions of all the Muslims.

But then how would our ulema interpret Surah Nisa, v 93 in relation to the Muslims who killed other Muslims in these battles? Is the verse applicable? If not, why not?

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Asked on July 6, 2016 11:50 pm
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Whoever kills a believer intentionally, thinking that the believer has committed Kufr or Shirk.
Whoever (non-Muslim).

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Answered on July 11, 2016 1:07 pm