Sunday 14 April 2024

Beware! Cases of blood-shedding will be decided first on the Day of Resurrection (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

The world was created by our Creator to be a place of peaceful dwelling for the man. Yet man has turned it into a battleground for shedding blood for killing others satisfies him. Right from killing of Abel by Caine, the killing is get intensified day by day. Everyday, new weapons of mass killings are being developed and for killing of one man, thousands innocent are being killed as a tragic outcome. The World Wars have been followed by small scale, yet far deadlier conflicts, and still yet our quest for killing is not being satisfied.

The recent spate of killing of innocent Palestinians, a large majority of which have been children, who perhaps never knew from where the death descended and why. Despite the large scale blood shedding, the world watches on happily with only a few whose conscious is till alive, but perhaps they are too weak to be heard or matter, so to speak. 

Blood shedding is the least liked act of the man and man has been warned in Qur'an (5:32):

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul1 or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And Our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.

Such is the Divine disliking for the blood shedding that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had one indicated that the cases of blood shedding will be discussed first on the Day of Resurrection. This Hadith is mentioned in Sahi al-Bukhārī  (Book 81 - To make the Heart Tender (Ar-Riqaq) /  كتاب الرقاق / Chapter 48:  Al-Qisas on the Day of Resurrection / باب الْقِصَاصِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ) as Hadith 6533, given herein under:

Narrated by `Abdullah:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "The cases which will be decided first (on the Day of Resurrection) will be the cases of blood-shedding. "

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا عُمَرُ بْنُ حَفْصٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي، حَدَّثَنَا الأَعْمَشُ، حَدَّثَنِي شَقِيقٌ، سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ أَوَّلُ مَا يُقْضَى بَيْنَ النَّاسِ بِالدِّمَاءِ ‏"‏‏.
Yet despite warnings and cautions, man is obsessed with killing. From petty disputes to inter sate disputes or to merely "safe guard" interest of one mighty power, war are being waged unnecessarily with no outcome. The decades long conflict of Vietnam and Afghanistan, the freedom struggle of Kashmiris and Palestinians are but a few few examples of our present times. May sanity prevails and such blood baths come to a halt. Ameen or else those who are blood thirsty and war mongers will be ushered in first for the ward of justice on the Day of the Resurrection!
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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Please refer to our reference page: Collection of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ about Warning and Cautions for more Hadiths on the subject

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