You Shall Not Kill (4:92 – 4:94)

You Shall Not Kill

[4:92] No believer shall kill another believer, unless it is an accident. If one kills a believer by accident, he shall atone by freeing a believing slave, and paying a compensation to the victim’s family, unless they forfeit such a compensation as a charity. If the victim belonged to people who are at war with you, though he was a believer, you shall atone by freeing a believing slave. If he belonged to people with whom you have signed a peace treaty, you shall pay the compensation in addition to freeing a believing slave. If you cannot find* a slave to free, you shall atone by fasting two consecutive months, in order to be redeemed by GOD. GOD is Knower, Most Wise.
*4:92 Since slavery does not exist, the offender must atone by fasting two consecutive months. 

An Unforgivable Offense

[4:93] Anyone who kills a believer on purpose, his retribution is Hell, wherein he abides forever, GOD is angry with him, and condemns him, and has prepared for him a terrible retribution.
[4:94] O you who believe, if you strike in the cause of GOD, you shall be absolutely sure. Do not say to one who offers you peace, “You are not a believer,” seeking the spoils of this world. For GOD possesses infinite spoils. Remember that you used to be like them, and GOD blessed you. Therefore, you shall be absolutely sure (before you strike). GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

What is the criterion to determine if someone is a believer?
2:62 / 5:69

Unity of All Submitters

[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

As believers we should give people the benefit of the doubt that people are believers unless they confess otherwise.

It is interesting that in verse 94 God is reminding us that “we used to be like them” That there was a time when we were on the wrong path and by God’s grace He saved us and guided us. There is a term called the curse of knowledge. When we know something we forget what it was like when we didn’t know the information.

The Curse of Knowledge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPAryjQs-Pw

It is easy to read the verses in the Quran and think how this applies to other people, but we should always think how these verses could apply to ourselves and see how we can fix ourselves to do better.

[2:44] Do you exhort the people to be righteous, while forgetting yourselves, though you read the scripture? Do you not understand?
[2:45] You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent,

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