The Prohibition of Suicide

In the non-Muslim parts of the world, when problems go uncontrolled, many simply do not know what to do and where to go. So, they kill themselves. In contrast, a non-Muslim historian Philip Hitti in his book History of the Arabs, objectively emphasizes that suicide is rare in Muslim Lands. He says.

�In this uncompromising monotheism, with its simple, enthusiastic faith in the supreme rule of a transcendent being, lies the chief strength of Islam. its adherents enjoy a consciousness of contentment and resignation unknown among followers of most creeds.�

Islam considers life as a trust (amanah) from Allah. Many good things that one possesses are, in fact, amanah - his own mind, body and soul, his life-partner, his own children, his wealth and the like. All of these belong to Allah alone. Thus, what right has one got to take his life away. Allah says:

�O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: But let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will: Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily Allah hath been to you Most Merciful! lf any do that in rancour and injustice, soon shall We cast them into the Fire: and easy it Is for Allah.� (Qur�an 4:29-30)

The Muslims know well that suicide is absolutely prohibited by Almighty Allah. No Muslim commits suicide, because if he does, he will have the Hell-fire as his eternal abode. He takes admonition from the following Ah�d�th of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): Abu Hurairah (Ral) narrated that the Prophet said: �He who commits suicide by throttling shall keep on throttling himself in the Hell-fire (forever) and he who commits suicide by stabbing himself shall keep on stabbing himself in the Hell-fire (forever).� (Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith 446)

Jundab (Ral) narrated that the Prophet said, �A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so Allah said: `My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.�� (Bukhari, Vol. 4, Hadith 445)

May Almighty Allah  save all Mankind. Aameen.


Tamil Article by K.Swaminathan

Courtesy: Dinamani Tamil Daily
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