Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. And Our messengers came to them with clear signs, yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land.
ISLAM, THE HOLY QUR’AN, 5:33
Your belongings, your honour, and your lives are sanctified and made inviolate like the sanctity of this day, this month and this city. You will soon appear before your Lord and He will call you to account for all your doings.
ISLAM, THE HOLY PROPHET (SA), SAHIH AL-BUKHARI
A person who kills a person unfairly or who kills someone who had neither rebelled nor became a source of violating peace amongst the people nor created disorder in the land, it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind. In other words to kill a person without any cause is, according to God Almighty, like the murder of the entire human race. It is obvious from this verse, how big a sin it is to take the life of another person without reason.
ISLAM, THE PROMISED MESSIAH (AS), CHASHMA-E-MA’RIFAT, pp. 23-24
Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life, there is no price one can give to God for it. For the ransom of life is costly, and can never suffice
JUDAISM, THE TANAKH, PSALM 1, 49:7-8
You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.
CHRISTIANITY, THE BIBLE, MATTHEW 5:21-22
As a mother with her own life guards the life of her own child, let all- embracing thoughts for all that lives be thine.
BUDDHISM, KHUDDAKA PATHA, METTA SUTTA
The mode of living which is founded upon a total harmlessness towards all creatures or [in case of actual necessity] upon a minimum of such harm, is the highest morality.
HINDUISM, MAHABHARATA, SHANTIPARVA 262. 5-6
One should not injure, subjugate, enslave, torture, or kill any animal, living being, organism, or sentient being. This doctrine of nonviolence is immaculate, immutable, and eternal. Just as suffering is painful to you, in the same way it is painful, disquieting, and terrifying to all animals, living beings, organisms, and sentient beings.
JAINISM, ACARANGASUTRA 4.25-26
Buy captive animals and give them freedom.
How commendable is abstinence that dispenses with the butcher!
While walking be mindful of worms and ants.
Be cautious with fire and do not set mountain woods or forests ablaze.
Do not go into the mountain to catch birds in nets, nor to the water to poison fishes and minnows.
Do not butcher the ox that plows your field.
TAOISM, TRACT OF THE QUIET WAY