Comparison between killing in Islam and Christianity
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
The Prophet Muhammad said “don’t kill women and children”
There is no doubt that the prophet Muhammad was a great man, and a great example to mankind, he was kind, honorable, and always cared for others. Yet anti-Islamic’s try to paint a different picture of this blessed man, they claim he was a TERRORIST! Quite an absurd claim really, especially when one reads the authentic hadiths with an open heart.
Here we shall post a couple of hadiths which show direct orders from the prophet that Muslims should not kill women and children, by doing so we shall refute many of the lies and distortions that have been thrown against the blessed prophet on supposedly being a cold-hearted killer.
Bukhari Volume 004, Book 052, Hadith Number 257.
Narrated By ‘Abdullah: During some of the Ghazawat=expeditions of the Prophet a woman was found killed.
Allah’s Apostle disapproved the killing of women and children.
“I advise you ten things| Do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place. Do not slaughter sheep or camels except for food. Do not burn bees and do not scatter them. Do not steal from the booty, and do not be cowardly.”
Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab that a son of Kab ibn Malik (Malik believed that ibn Shihab said it was Abd ar-Rahman ibn Kab) said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, forbade those who fought ibn Abi Huqayq (a treacherous Jew from Madina) to kill women and children.
He said that one of the men fighting had said, ‘The wife of ibn Abi Huqayq began screaming and I repeatedly raised my sword against her. Then I would remember the prohibition of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, so I would stop. Had it not been for that, we would have been rid of her.’”
Ibn `Abbas says: The Messenger of Allah, when dispatching his troops, would tell them, ” ..Do not behave treacherously, nor misappropriate war-booty, nor mutilate [those whom you kill], nor kill children, nor the people in cloisters.” (Musnad Ahmad, Sunan At-Tirmidhî)
Another narration records that he said, “…Do not kill a woman, nor a child, nor an old-aged man’ (Sharh as-Sunnah Al-Baghawî)
Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Prophet said: Go in Allah’s name, trusting in Allah, and adhering to the religion of Allah’s Apostle. Do not kill a decrepit old man, a young infant, or a child, or a woman; do not be dishonest about booty, but collect your spoils, do right and act well, for Allah loves those who do well. (Sunan Abî Dawûd)
And again, “Do not kill a child, nor a woman, nor an old man, nor obliterate a stream, nor cut a tree…” (Sunan Al-Bayhaqî)
Now let us view current Bible teachings:
let us compare these noble sayings of the prophet of Islam with that of the Bible:
17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
1 Samuel 15:2,3
2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.3 Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy [a] everything that belongs to them.
Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels, and donkeys.’ “
Can you even compare the two?
I ask you who really is the ruthless murderer.
Again, use logic and the answer will be very easy for you. In fact, there is not one order by Jesus in the NT that commands his believers to not kill women and children.
In conclusion we have seen how merciful and noble the prophet was, a true prophet of God would never order the slaughter of women and children, a true prophet would spare them since they are innocent of what their men do, and that is exactly what the prophet did.