On 22nd May 2017, four days before Ramadan, there was a Jihad attack at concert in Manchester, UK, where mainly young girls and most likely a guardian would be attending. At this present time it’s reported 22 people are dead and over 100 injured, many in intensive care, the youngest person who died was an 8 year old girl. Although the concert would allow all ages and genders, it could be assumed, mainly girls, some being young would be attending this particular concert.
It will be said by Muslims and apologists that Islam forbids the killing of children, and you will be presented with Qur’an verses which loosely state this. This is an omission of the conditions which surround the killing of children in Islam.
The Qur’an verses you will be presented with are these:
“And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin” (17.31)
“Say, Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.”(6.151)
If you look at the verses carefully, there are three things you should note.
- The verses are referring to Muslim children only.
- The verses forbade only the killing of Muslim children due to poverty: It is believed Allah will provide and the path a Muslim’s life takes is preordained by Allah anyway.
- The last verse does not say, do not kill at all, it says, “do not kill a soul, which Allah has forbidden, except by legal right”, detailed here is legal right to kill.
Within the shari’ah it specifically states there is no punishment for a parent or grandparent for killing their child or grandchild.
It says in the Qur’an.
“Oh you who have believed, indeed, among your wives and your children are enemies to you, so beware of them.”(64.14)
“Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward.” (64.15/8.28)
The reward is paradise, for which a Shaheed (martyr) will obtain direct ascension to, this is not a guarantee for all Muslims, only Shaheeds.
You may think, why is this verse relevant?
The verses were revealed to encourage men to migrate and to go to Jihad, to not allow their responsibilities to their children be put before Allah.
Children in Islam are viewed as property, as is a woman, a child is born a Muslim and has no say whether they are Muslim or not.This presents problems if the child, when grown up rejects Islam, as rejecting Islam is a major sin and punishable by death by Allah’s decree through Allah’s messenger Muhammad.
But what about non-Muslim children?
Within Islamic law there are specific conditions for Jihad, including Jihad on children.
One condition is:
- Jihad cannot be enacted against women and children.
That can’t be right, surely?
The Islamic law goes onto say, “unless they are fighting against the Muslims” (Islamic sacred law, Reliance of the Traveller)
The West has rejected the call to Islam, many videos have been released by the Islamic state stating they are at war with with non-Muslims because they oppress the true laws of Islam and reject the call to convert to what all Muslims believe is the true religion. The purpose of Jihad is to condition people to submit to the rule of Islam.
Also, as detailed in my Jihad article, if non-Muslims attack Muslim land, Muslims have a duty – to Allah – to defend the land.
Islamic state supporters or even Islamic state themselves said the attack in Manchester was due to air strikes on Syria and Iraq, this ties in with the conditions for jihad.
There are no concessions made for our belief that the Islamic laws are oppressing people: because Allah’s word can be the only authority in Islamic belief.
And what does the Qur’an say?
“Whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter,”(3.85)
“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ.”(3.19)
“So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds.”(47.7)
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.”(9.29)
So non-Muslim children can be attacked during Jihad? Where is the evidence for this in the Islamic scriptures?
This is from the book of ‘Jihad and Expeditions’ in the ahadith.
“Messenger of Allah, we kill the children of the polytheists during the night raids. He said: They are from them.”(Sahih Muslim, 4322)
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used not to kill the children, so thou shouldst [sic] not kill them unless you could know what Khadir had known about the child he killed, or you could distinguish between a child who would grow up to he a believer (and a child who would grow up to be a non-believer), so that you killed the (prospective) non-believer and left the (prospective) believer aside” (Sahih Muslim, 4457)
Whatever Muhammad ordained or remained silent about is believed to be ordained by the Messenger of Allah. Muhammad was very vocal if he disapproved of something.
But it’s not in the Qur’an?
As detailed in my Sunnah article Muhammad was chosen by Allah to bring the final message from Allah and to teach the Qur’an. The words and actions are believed to be a revelation of Allah and to reject Muhammad’s words proven to be authentic (Sahih) or to be known as attributed to Muhammad, is to reject a revelation of Allah.
Muhammad made a clear distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims and the Islamic scriptures even went as far as to distinguish between Muslim and non-Muslim children.
One point which will be completely overlooked by our government, media, apologists and even by some people who are aware Islam is a threat. The ages of children in Islam are classified differently to non-Muslims.
The age of a child is classified by puberty and Muhammad married a six year old and “consummated that marriage at nine years old”. As Muhammad is seen as the perfect example of a human being, this why this time period is chosen.
“It was narrated that ‘Aishah said: “The Messenger of Allah married me when I was six, and consummated the marriage with me when I was nine, and I used to play with dolls.”(Sahih Muslim)
“It was narrated from ‘Aishah that the Messenger of Allah married her when she was six years old, and consummated the marriage with her when she was nine.” (Sahih Muslim)
Aishah is viewed as a very reliable narrator by Islamic scholars and Aishah herself said this took place, ahadith pertaining to this are Sahih or Hasan (good/accepted). Similar narrations are numerous, this particular narration is detailed within ‘The book of marriage, Chapter; a man marrying off his young daughter’
It is also in Islamic law a girl can be married before puberty.
At the point of puberty a female is viewed as able to bear children, if in an Islamic court the judgement would be as an adult.
Although we see a targeted attack on a concert where children would surely be, the laws decreed by Allah condones – within the Islamic texts, with conditions – the killing of children, whether they be Muslim or non-Muslim children, but most importantly, the evidence above confirms they were not children at all within Islamic belief.