Armament Industry

Question

Can you clarify the position of a country having an armaments industry? It is allowed by the Quran?


Answer

We cannot validly say that a country producing armament is committing haram. Everyone has the right to develop their defense and enable themselves to defend themselves against oppressor countries. However, weapons of mass destruction go beyond this purpose and should never be built. Islam does not allow us to kill innocent lives even during the war. This shows that we should not engage is anything which has the potential to be used wrongly and which causes more harm to the masses then to the military forces even during the war. Thus building such industry would be against all moral and religious obligations.

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