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Weapons of Mass Destruction and Islam

Less than a century ago, first atom bomb was dropped by America on japan. In the result, not only did the land die but people literally evaporated. Those who survived developed new un curable diseases. Even the generation today, in japan has those effects in their DNA. Thus, just two bombs has made such a huge destruction in that land. Is this justified? Weapons of mass destruction have been developed from simple bombs to chemical and biological weapons. Today, we see that Syrians are being killed by the release of the gas containing toxins. There have been developed many harmful and incurable germs in laboratories which are been released in poor countries to eradicate population. Thus, weapons of mass destruction has now been evolved from machines to living organisms.


In west, the legitimacy of using such weapons is under discussion for long now. It is because these weapons do not only kill the enemy but also kill innocents. In fact, the number of innocents murdered by these weapons is much more than the so called terrorists. And unfortunately, the people who have been affected the most by these weapons are more muslims than non muslims. Some muslim countries has also developed these weapons to defend themselves against their enemy. An important question is, is it really justified to use such a thing in the name of war? This question needs to be answered by the prominent scholars of Islam. Because in the wake on nationalism, muslim countries are also making and storing these weapons. It is a well known fact that even containing such things in a secure field in not fully secure. Also, many fields dealing with nuclear technology has been destroyed in natural or accidental causes (in India and china).

The concept of war in Islam is not fighting black and blue but it is a very controlled field. Islam does not allow to kill everyone but only those who are mischief makers. In islam, the purposeless killing is forbidden. And also the killing of those is forbidden who have not done any harm to you. The following verses of Quran indicate this;
[017:033] And do not kill anyone. Allah has prohibited it, except when it is rightful and befitting (and corresponds to the crime). We have awarded a right (of redress) to the heir of a person wrongfully killed. But let him not exceed the bounds and overdo in (his quest to seek redress by) killing. He is to be helped. 
[005:032] On account of this, WE prescribed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killed a person - unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land - it shall be as if he killed all mankind; and whoso saved a life, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. And our Messengers came to them with clear Signs, Yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land.
Thus, war is not to kill kill and kill in islam. But it has a very controlled manner.  Killing that is, mass murder is one of the signs of qayamah. So this is is just war, but a sign of qayamah and most of it is un justified and without any purpose. This has been described by prophet Muhammad pbuh in the following hadith;

Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Number 184:
Narrated 'Abdullah and Abu Musa:
The Prophet said, "Near the establishment of the Hour there will be days during which Religious ignorance will spread, knowledge will be taken away (vanish) and there will be much Al-Harj, and Al-Harj means killing."
There is a hadith in which Allah's apostle Muhammad pbuh forbade killing of women and children in war.

Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 258:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
During some of the Ghazawat of Allah's Apostle a woman was found killed, so Allah's Apostle forbade the killing of women and children.
Those, who are weak and cannot stand up for themselves, they are to be left, for there cannot be achieved any good by killing them. This is how islam restricts unjustified killing. With weapons of mass destruction, the unjustified killing is on high scale. Scholars should give their verdict based on quran and sunnah for the use of weapons of mass destruction. 
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