Islamic concepts

Safk al-Dimāʾ سفك الدماء — bloodshed

When Allāh created human beings, the angels asked if this creation would commit bloodshed:

  • And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know." (Qurʾān 2:30)

The descendants of Israel pledged to Allāh they would not commit bloodshed:

  • We took a pledge from you, ‘Do not shed one another’s blood or drive one another from your homelands.’ You acknowledged it at the time, and you can testify to this. (Qurʾān 2:84)