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A Hadith regarding killing an innocent


Is this Hadith reliable?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Those who kill [in retaliation] other than a murderer, have severely transgressed on Allah Ta’ala”



This is part of a longer Hadith recorded in the following Hadith collections with variations in the wording:

  1. Musnad Ahmad, vol. 2 pg. 179
  2. Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 38059
  3. Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 349
  4. Musnad Abu Ya’la, Hadith: 4757
  5. As Sunanul Kubra of Imam Bayhaqi, vol. 8 pg. 26

Imam Hakim has declared the Hadith authentic and ‘Allamah Dhahabi concurs.

(Also see: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 6 pg. 292)



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar