Why do they not study the Quran carefully?
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No one dies except by God’s leave, at a predetermined
time … (3:145)
No one survives for a long life and no one’s
life is snapped short, except in accordance with a pre-existing
record, this is easy for God. (35:11)
We learn from the Quran that God is the One who does everything.
Nothing happens except in accordance with His will:
Absolutely, He controls all creations and all commands.
Most exalted is God, Lord of the Universe. (7:54)
It was not you who killed them, God is the One who
killed them. It was not you who threw when you threw; God is the
One who threw. But He thus gives the believers a chance to earn
a lot of credit. God is Hearer, Omniscient. (8:17)
It is safe here to say, nobody has the power to kill or terminate
anyone’s life but God Himself.
If you suffer hardship, the enemy also suffers the
same hardship. We alternate the days of victory and defeat among
the people. God thus distinguishes the true believers, and blesses
some of you with martyrdom. God dislikes injustice. (3:140).
Again, we need a careful review of the verses we have just quoted
above to fully understand how the system of God works. We noted
that God grants martyrdom to a believer as a blessing from Him.
God is the One who created death to use as a means by which we all
return to Him. It is not how we die, but where we go when we die.
Imagine you are an astronaut and placed
on a spaceship for some time on space. One day some of your colleagues
on earth climbed up to get you. They informed you that you have
been appointed for a position of prominence here on earth, where
you will occupy this new position of honor in perfect security,
as a reward for your accomplishment while on the spaceship. Remember
too, that here on earth which is to be your permanent abode, you
will not carry containers of oxygen as you did in space. Furthermore,
you will get everything you ever wished for. Would this be the moment
of sadness for you? Or rather happiness?
(At the time of his death) he was told, “Enter
Paradise.” He said, “Oh, I wish my people knew. That
my Lord has forgiven me, and made me honorable.” (36:26-27)
We are told in the Quran, that the righteous who depart our planet
earth and were admitted back into paradise would wish that their
relatives knew and stop worrying. However, our question still remains:
why would the Most Gracious God punish people who commit the act
of murder? Once again, our only source of answer for every question
we raise is the Quran itself.
They never implore beside God any other god, nor
do they kill any person – for God has made life sacred –
except in the course of justice. Nor do they commit adultery. Those
who commit these offenses will have to pay. (25:68)
No believer shall kill another believer, unless it
is an accident. … anyone who kills a believer intentionally,
his retribution is hell... (4:92-93)
From the above verses, God’s laws
are clear, and anyone who defies these laws is punished. However,
it is not about the death itself that killers are punished, but
the actual intention and the wickedness in the heart of an individual
to commit the crimes. As we know, Moses killed someone by mistake.
He immediately repented to God, and God forgave him. God’s
commands and orders are the supreme laws; disobeying any of them
intentionally incurs severe consequences.
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