Muslimpress:Killing another human being seems cruel and immoral and is considered bad in every religion and nation but Islam has some strict rules against it too.Let us look at what Allah Almighty said in the Noble Quran:" O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty.(The Noble Quran, 2:178) "The following Sayings of our Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) and other well - respected Islamic Scholars who lived during his time are direct explanations and elaboration to this Noble Verse: Narrated Ibn ' Abbas: " For the children of Israel the punishment for crime was Al - Qisas only(i. e., the law of equality in punishment) and the payment of Blood money was not permitted as an alternate. But Allah said to this nation(Muslims): ' O you who believe! Qisas is prescribed for you in case of murder, …(up to) …end of the Verse.(2.178) Ibn ' Abbas added: Remission(forgiveness) in this Verse, means to accept the Blood - money in an intentional murder. Ibn ' Abbas added: The Verse: ' Then the relatives should demand Blood - money in a reasonable manner. '(2.178) means that the demand should be reasonable and it is to be compensated with handsome gratitude.(Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Blood Money(Ad - Diyat), Volume 9, Book 83, Number 20) " Narrated Ibn Abbas: " The law of Qisas(i. e. equality in punishment) was prescribed for the children of Israel, but the Diya(i. e. blood money was not ordained for them). So Allah said to this Nation(i. e. Muslims):" O you who believe! The law of Al - Qisas(i. e. equality in punishment) is prescribed for you in cases of murder: The free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But if the relatives(or one of them) of the killed(person) forgive their brother(i. e. the killers something of Qisas(i. e. not to kill the killer by accepting blood money in the case of intentional murder) - - - - then the relatives(of the killed person) should demand blood - money in a reasonable manner and the killer must pay with handsome gratitude. This is alleviation and a Mercy from your Lord,(in comparison to what was prescribed for the nations before you). So after this, whoever transgresses the limits (i.e. to kill the killer after taking the blood-money) shall have a painful torment." (2.178) (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Prophetic Commentary on the Qur'an (Tafseer of the Prophet (pbuh)), Volume 6, Book 60, Number 25)" In the above narrations, we clearly see that Allah Almighty used to punish to death those who commit intentional murders among the People of Israel. This law is still effective in Islam, and killing the murderer is still a valid law in Islam, but there is however another alternative for punishment, and that is accepting by choice the blood money. If the relatives of the slain person wish to have an open and forgiving heart, then they can forgive the murderer under the condition that he compensate them with money for their slain son or relative. The demand should be reasonable. If the relatives do not wish to forgive the murderer, then he is to get executed by the Islamic ruling authority.