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Surah 2 Al-Baqarah, Verse 191
..oppression (AL-FITNAH) is worse than killing

Verse 217
..oppression (AL-FITNAH) is more awesome than killing

Killing may result in the deaths of one, perhaps even of many people. But, oppression and persecution causes the death/destruction of entire societies/communities and nations.

Surah 4 An-Nisaa, Verse 92
And it is not concievable that a believer should slay another believer, unless it be by mistake.
And upon him who has slain a believer by mistake there is the duty of freeing a believing soul from bondage and paying an indemnity to the victim's relations, unless they forego it out of charity..

Verse 93
But whosoever deliberately slays another believer, his requital shall be Hell, therein to abide; and Allah will condemn him, and will reject him, and will prepare for him awesome suffering.

Surah 5 Al-Maa'idah, Verse 32
Because of this (ie., murder of Abel by Cain) did WE Ordain to the Children of Isra'el that if anyone slays a human being - unless it be (in punishment) for murder or for spreading corruption on earth - it shall be as though he had slain all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind.

Surah 17 Al-Israa, Verse 33
And do not take any human being's life - (the life) which Allah has Willed to be sacred -otherwise than in (the pursuit) of justice. Hence, if anyone has been slain wrongfully, WE have empowered the defender of his rights (to exact a just retribution) but even so, let him not exceed the bounds of equity in (retributive) killing. (And as for him who has been slain wrongfully) behold, he is indeed succoured (by Allah)

Surah 31 Luqman, Verse 28
(For HIM) the creation of you all and the resurrection of you all is but like (the creation and resurrection of) a single soul: for, verily, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

Mankind being compared to a single entity is a permanent reminder of its inner unity, despite all the outward differences.

Surah 49 Al-Hujuraat, Verse 13
O men! Behold, WE have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the Sight of Allah is the one who is most deeply conscious of HIM. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

The great and the good, the poor and the lowly, the proud and the humble, the arrogant and the ignorant, the powerful and the weak - all of them flow from one Source and are returning to it. Such divergences in destiny/condition as are evident in this Realm, will be effaced. Those ever-conscious of their Creator will attain the only success worth striving after.

Allahu 'Alam

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