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Suicide in Islam

By Professor Md. Zahidul Islam, Executive Director, SOVA, Jhenidah, Bangladesh

Humans have attempted and died by suicide since time bgean. The reasons for killing oneself vary with cultures and societies and in urban or rural settings. Suicide is now recognized as a major public health problem in the complex scenario of development and lifestyle changes. It is a very important issue cutting across diverse disciplines and sectors such as health, religion, spirituality, law, and welfare.

In general, suicide considered a sin in Islam. With regard to Islam, there is discussion of suicide in the Holy Quran and according to historical tradition suicide is a violation of a divine command contained in the holy books of Islam. An acceptance of life’s events is the cardinal factor in obedience to Allah; suicide, consequently, is an act of revolt against Allah and the perpetrator of such an act risks his wrath. In violation of divine command of Allah, if somebody dies by suicide, S/he has to bear violent punishment in the next world. “Certainly only Allah bears the knowledge of the next world and no living being knows in where s/he will die” (Sura-Lokman and article (Ayat)- 34).

“Oh Rasul (SM) gives directive to the devotees who committed offence on oneself not to lose belief & confidence in Allah’s blessings. Allah must forgive all the curses s/he contained. Certainly He is great forgiving & kind-hearted in nature” (Sura-Zumar and article (Ayat)- 53).

“The persons killed oneself in earth by which instrument, in the next world s/he must get punished by that instrument.”

In another description: “The person who will kill him/herself by which instrument, in the day of judgments s/he will be punished by the same instrument s/he used” (Sahiha Muslim, Kha: 01, Page-72; Sahiha Bukhari, Kha:01 page-182).

Result of Suicide in Islam

In light of the above-noted proved explanations it is specified that suicide is a great sin. The people who die by suicide overlap the sovereignty & will of Allah and s/he is him/herself removed from the innumerable grace of almighty Allah. This willful act is nothing but the great sin. The sin is so terrible that if a person dies by suicide in the moment of the religious war (Zihad) to get relief from acute aching of great injury during Zihad for Islam, he will not get be removed from the punishment for the sin in the next world. An awareness raising campaign from the Islam point of view of suicide may gradually decrease the suicide rate.

Comments

10/03/2016 at 6:29 AM
MOHAMMED SHAREEF
9549023049 PHONE NO. I HAVE BEEN DONE BTECH ECE IN 2014 AND AFTER MARRIAGE IN 2015 I AM GOING IN DIPERESSION BUT LEAVE THIS WORK AT A COMPANY AFTER SOME TIME I HAVE AGAIN GOING IN DIPERESSION AND I HAVE 3 MONTH DAUGHTER BUT FULLY DICIDE SUICIDE BECAUSE MY MIND IS NOT WORKING AT A TIME SO ANY HELP IN MY SUICIDE CONDITION YOU SHOULD DO
08/16/2016 at 8:18 PM
hajji masood
Brother in Islam: Lately I have been very serious of commiting suicide due to problems with children. Two girls became ehiest left home living a life of sins,drnking,doing drugs,sleeping with any kind of men any age any color and son also same but at least he comes home for jumma prayer. I told my wife that we have to foget them they they never were existed and consontrate on other children who are good Muslims. I told her we have to cut every connection with them you have to stop giving them money or helping them in any way because by doing this you are encourging them and making them worse but she does not listen to me to me only solution to go forward is disown them no connections and leave the city. But she thinks her way willng them back which I do not beleive they have been in this sin life for years and getting worse every day. What should I do I am helpless, hopeless and gave us on Almighty Allah also because somehow how he is angry with us and from last 20 years our life is getting sorse and worse and now I am so depressed that only solution to end all this is to end my life. One thing which happened 20 years ago was that our these kids were studying in Bufaalo New York wherfe they were sexuallyabused and then the owner of these Darul ulooms did all this under the pretext of fake marraiges with them and after knowing this we removed them from there sometime I think may be it is punishment for that ? what you have done this in this situation ? I am going mental with all this please help if you can. I am contacting from USA Hajji masood
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