Is Every Human Life Sacred or Could it be Merely Collateral Damage?

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The gunman who allegedly killed at least 17 people at a Florida high school in February 2018, was a former student who posted disturbing material on social media and was “crazy about guns.” Police identified the suspect as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami.

The whole nation is mourning the loss and my sympathies and prayers and of the whole of our editorial team, are for the families of the victims.

The media is extensively covering the story, but as is the routine from the usual angles of gun control and mental health issues.  The discussion always seems myopic and there are some important questions and angles that the national US media never seems to tackle!

Why do the criminals, domestic and the international terrorists not regard human lives as precious and sacred? Even if Nikolas Cruz was mentally ill or depressed how did he decide he should kill dozens randomly in the school that he was expelled from? Why did he lose the respect and awe of human life? Is every human life precious and sacred and of infinite value? Does the value of human life depend on the nationality, religion or social status? What about the lives of innocents who lose their lives in air bombings and are referred to as collateral damage? Does taking some of the human lives as less than others, affect the morbid psychology of persons like Nikolas Cruz in any way?

Do we need a broader discussion on the value of human life and its inviolability and take greater measures to educate everyone, including our political leaders and armed forces, mentally sick and healthy, about this and make a case from every perspective that humans hold infinite value, be it religion, science, social norms and whatever else anyone of us can think of?

I believe that if we want to save lives, it does not have to be an exercise only when mass shooting or some other tragedy strikes, but a continuous year around  effort.

As a Muslim I can say that my holy scripture tells me and each and every Muslim that every human life is precious and sacred and killing one is like triggering a genocide. (Al Quran 5:32/33)

As an American, I can say that our Declaration of Independence says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As a citizen of our global village, I can say that the Article  3 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

Let us go out and educate and inspire everyone and make our villages, our towns, our countries and our global village safer for our human family.

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20 replies

  1. Very well written, I totally agree. I reiterate that Islam teaches that killing of one human is the genocide of entire humanity. So may it be a white person from America, a Muslim from Iran, An African American, Canadian Indian, indigenous, South American, Hispanic, European, Asian we must remember that they are first and foremost a human and their life is just as valuable as the other. No one has the right to take life or to declare any life as collateral damage or lost cause.

  2. Riffat— My respond to you was delated—he does not like my respond, unfortunately I do not have the same right. Whereas I posted Hadith and verse from Holy Quran like below:

    Sahih Muslim 33—”I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah” Sahih Muslim 4366—“ I will expel the Jews and Christian from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim” Sahih Muslim 6922:—Those who changed his Islamic religion, kill them.

    O Prophet, carry out Jihad (struggle) against the disbelievers and hypocrites, and be strict with them. And their abode is Jahannam (Hell), and it is an evil terminus. Q.9:73.

    I ask you to respond how to PREVENT Muslim not to use these Hadith and verse 9:73 to justify his evil-act!
    Let me hear your tought.
    All ❤️

    • We have answered you before. Deleted because it is a repetition. The Qur’an says “There is no compulsion in religion”. Consequently there is no punishment (in this life) for any one leaving Islam. – Hadiths should only be quoted when they are not in contradiction with Qur’an. About Jihad: Did we not also already give you the teachings of the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi on that subject?



      Can we now hope that you do not bring up this subject again, let’s say for a year ?

      • Rafiq— these hadith are Sahih Muslim .
        How do think Sahih Muslim? Most Muslim clerics believe that Sahih Muslim are autentic with Al Quran.

        Ahmadiyyah do not believe in Sahih Muslim?
        Pleace clarify Rafiq

    • Somi first and foremost source of Islamic teachings for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the Quran and if a Hadith is in conflict with the Quran (even if it is from sahih Muslim) it is not considered authentic. Now answering your question about jihad. Jihad means Struggle, that does not mean to kill or to slaughter. One can struggle between good and bad within themselves, there is jihad of pen, jihad against oneself, jihad against disease, and many more. But somi only people with Violent mindset like yours can only imagine and translate it into jihad of sword and slaughter.

      • Riffat—
        1. You , Ahmadiyyah do not believe in Sahih Muslim 100 percent: I agree we are the same boat.

        2. Do you agree with me that the book of hadith ( Sahih Muslim) is the root of violence, where some Muslim use violent Hadith to kill Jews, Christian and persecute Ahmadiyyah in Pakistan as well Africa.

        Please your clarification
        All ❤️

  3. Somi, there are Muslims who celebrate Christmas, there are Muslims who eat pork, there are Muslims who believe that Quran was revealed to Hadhrat Ali (ra) snd not the Holy Prophets ( PBUH), there are Muslims who rape and kill other humans… does that make it OK??? No it does not, does that justify that they are good Muslims or that they follow the true Islam or the Quran or the Hadith in the true sense? NO. Similarly, those who use Hadith as a sorry excuse to spread hate and kill and slaughter and shed blood are simply satisfying their inner urge for spilling blood cuz they are narcissistic psychopaths who need that release. In our society we call them serial killers but in that part of the world the cowards hide behind the cape of religion and Hadith so they don’t have to rote in jail. It’s simple, they have found a loop hole around the justice system and people like you are simply beating are the bush and still barking up the wrong tree missing the point

  4. Dear Zia and Riffat—
    1. As we agree that any Hadith is against Holy Quran is not true Hadith.
    My question is do you agree these Hadith are againt Al Quran?

    Sahih Muslim 33—”I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah” Sahih Muslim 4366—“ I will expel the Jews and Christian from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim” Sahih Muslim 6922:—Those who changed his Islamic religion, kill them.

    Hamas, and other extremist Muslim and terrorist use these hadith to persecute and kill hypocrite, Jews and Christian, apostate and persecute Ahmadiyyah.
    Do you believe these Hadith are false Hadith or against Al Quran?

    If you agree, can we ( Ahmadiyyah + Progressive Muslim) declare publictly that these Hadith INVALID?

    These Hadith have caused thousand innocent life and million Muslim became victim since centuries.

    I need clear answer from you, please clarify it
    Thank you, may God blees you
    All ❤️

    • Many sources have confirmed that for instance the ISIS guys have little to no knowledge of Qur’an, not to speak of Hadith. They are a band of murderers who do not care for Islam. You and us declaring a Hadith ‘to be deleted’ would have no effect on them.

    • Somi, we keep replying to you and you keep playing like a broken player. This is useless. Please re read our comments above again and find a suitable conclusion, we can’t spell everything out for you, we can only show you the door you are the one who has to walk through it.

  5. Dear Riffat, Rafiq and Zia —
    My question is very clear:
    Do you agree these Hadith are againt Al Quran
    according to Ahmadiyyah’s teaching? Or Ahmadiyyah Khalifah never tell you all..that is why you can answer it?

    Sahih Muslim 33—”I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah”
    Sahih Muslim 4366—“ I will expel the Jews and Christian from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim”
    Sahih Muslim 6922:—Those who changed his Islamic religion, kill them.

    I want to know your possion in this issue. Hopefully we are in the same boat to fight the extremist ideology.
    If it is not it will be fine.

  6. Yes these and several others are against the Quran. The holy Quran allows only defensive war; if a Hadith is contrary to that theme then either it is misunderstood and out of context or simply false.

    Now please chill and don’t ask the same or similar questions again, as I may choose not to answer.


  7. Dear Zia—your respond a little bit clear than Riffat and Rafiq— thank you.
    You agree that Hadith are against Holy Quran
    ==Yes these and several others are against the Quran==

    Dont Ahmadiyyah need to declare publicly so Muslim can recognize that Hadith are false Hadith.

    If no one declare that hadith are false hadith, the next generation of Muslim will use these false hadith to justify their action to kill innocent people as Jihadith did.

    What do you think Zia?

  8. This article is the best I have seen and everyone should read it, think about what it says, and strive for the simple gifts it speaks of which have such a worldwide reach. This article is a gift to all humanity and I thank you for posting it.

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