“Then found they one of Our servants upon whom We had bestowed Our mercy, and whom We had taught knowledge from Ourself. Moses said to him, ‘May I follow thee on condition that thou teach me of the guidance which thou hast been taught?’ He replied, ‘Thou canst not keep company with me in patience. And how canst thou be patient about things the knowledge of which thou comprehendest not? He said, ‘Thou wilt find me, if Allah please, patient and I shall not disobey any command of thine.’ He said, ‘Well, if thou wouldst follow me, then ask me no questions about anything till I myself speak to thee concerning it.’ So they both set out till, when they embarked in a boat, he staved it in. Moses said, ‘Hast thou staved it in to drown those who are in it? Surely, thou hast done an evil thing.’ He replied, ‘Did I not tell thee that thou wouldst not be able to keep company with me in patience?’ Moses Said, ‘Take me not to task at my forgetting and be not hard on me for this lapse of mine.’ So they journeyed on till, when they met a young boy, he slew him. Moses said, ‘Hast thou slain an innocent person without his having slain any one? Surely, thou hast done a hideous thing’. He replied, ‘Did I not tell thee that thou wouldst not be able to keep company with me in patience?’ Moses said, ‘If I ask thee concerning anything after this, keep me not in thy company, for then thou shalt have got sufficient excuse from me.’ So they went on till, when they came to the people of a town, they asked its people for food, but they refused to make them their guests. And they found therein a wall which was about to fall, and he repaired it. Moses said, ‘If thou hadst desired, thou couldst have taken payment for it.’ He said, ‘This is the parting of ways between me and thee. I will now tell thee the meaning of that which thou wast not able to bear with patience: As for the boat, it belonged to certain poor people who worked on the sea; and I desired to damage it, for there was behind them a king, who seized every boat by force. And as for the youth, his parents were believers, and we feared lest he should cause them trouble through rebellion and disbelief. So we desired that their Lord should give them in exchange a child better than him in purity and closer in filial affection. And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town, and beneath it was a treasure belonging to them, and their father had been a righteous man, so thy Lord desired that they should reach their age of full strength and take out their treasure, as a mercy from thy Lord; and I did it not of my own accord. This is the explanation of that which thou wast not able to bear with patience.” (18:66-83)
It is alleged that since verses 18:66-83 speak of slaying a child because he would rebel and bring dishonor to his righteous parents, they are the inspiration for the crime of honor killings. Honor killings are done to a member of one’s family if they are thought to bring a grave dishonor or shame upon the family by indulging in sinful activity such as adultery. However, as evident in the explanation below, there is no such sanction in these verses. Islamic teachings forbid the unjust taking of a life.