Grace has been kind enough to don the Hazmat suit and delve into the toxic world of Islam Q&A. As you read today’s fatwa, please keep in mind what it means to have a peace treaty with Muslims. It does not mean not attacking them. It means what concessions you have to make to have them not attack you. In essence, it means you have to be their farm animals. Remember, Islam treats the word peace much like it treats the word ‘martyr.’ Having little or no semblance to how we perceive the word.
I’ve read that in Islam it is a greater sin to kill a Muslim than a non-Muslim. However, on death a Muslim will be in Paradise whereas the non-Muslim will be in Hell.To kill a non-Muslim is to deny them forever the chance of becoming a Muslim, and condemns them to Hell. Is this not then a greater sin?
Praise be to Allaah.
Killing a non-Muslim when he is a mu’aahid (one of those who have a peace treaty with the Muslims) is a sin, one of the major sins. Al-Bukhaari narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever kills a mu’aahid will not smell the fragrance of Paradise, even though its fragrance may detected from a distance of forty days.’” But with regard to non-Muslims who are at war with the Muslims and do not have a peace treaty with the Muslims or are not living under Muslim rule, then Muslims are commanded to kill them, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you” [al-Tawbah 9:123]
But this should be in the case of jihaad under the leadership of one of the leaders of the Muslims, or his deputy.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr