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Qur’an 5:32 - Useless killing forbidden or not?

The Qur’an is telling us that killing of a person is forbidden, but in another verse it is allowed to kill non-Muslims.

Killing is forbidden – Qur’an 5:32

“We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.” (Qur’an 5:32) Killing one person is forbidden.

Killing of a non-Muslim is allowed – Qur’an 5:33

“or those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified” (Qur’an 5:33) Allah commands Muslims to kill someone who doesn’t believe in Allah and Muhammad.


There is a difficulty in the Qur’an about killing. One verse is telling us that it is forbidden, while according to another verse it is allowed to kill non-Muslims. There is a contradiction in the Qur’an.


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