Muslims keep trying to convince ‘unbelievers’ that Islam teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves one person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.
Islam Watch That sound pretty good. The problem is that it is not a teaching of Muhammad. It is a quote from Judaic scriptures.
“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 4:1.
This quote is taken from verse 5:32 of the Quran. Let us first quote the full verse and see what it says:
“[005:032] On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.”
The first thing to note is that, the command (allegedly of Allah) applies to the “Children of Israel” (Jews). It does NOT apply to Muslims. Secondly, the verse does not use the word “innocent” anywhere, in any translation, which you can see at this link from Islamist site.
Thirdly, a person can be slain for (i) murder or (ii) for spreading mischief in the land. Now what is spreading mischief in the land? The next verse 5:33 says:
The punishment for those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.
Quran 7:103: Then after them We sent Moses with Our signs to Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they wrongfully rejected them: So see what was the end of those who made mischief. [So rejecting the prophet/not converting to Islam is “mischief” and non-Muslims can be put to death]
Muhammad is quoting a biblical fable. How can Muslims claim credit for it? The problem does not end there. Talmud is not considered to be the word of God. It is the recorded teachings of Sanhedrin, the high council of rabbis.
So why Allah says “WE prescribed for the Children of Israel…”? The god of the Quran is claiming ownership of something he never said. This leaves us with few options.
1- Allah has plagiarized the teachings of the Rabbis.
2- He was confused and had forgotten that those words were not his.
3- This verse is not from God. Muhammad admitted that sometimes Satan came and whispered some verses to him that he thought were from God. Could this verse be one of those satanic verses?
4- Muhammad lied. The Quran is not the word of God.