Shaykh Hassan Ba Shu’aib was asked:


What is the Legislated ruling on the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey ? And what is the ruling on killing this ambassador as form of support for the Muslims in Syria?


“He [takes] the ruling of a disbeliever who [signed] a covenant and one who is given or has sought safety. So murdering him is considered a betrayal of the covenant due to the statement of our Prophet (ﷺ) :

‎ من قتل نفسًا معاهدًا لم يُرِحْ رائحة الجنة

Whoever kills a Mu’aahad (one who has taken a covenant) that he will not smell the scent of Paradise

[Bukhari no. 6914]

The issue is one of religion and not empty zeal/enthusiasm or a violent storm of emotion”


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan