Is Suicide Bombing Really Forbidden by Islam?

The frequent suicide bombings taking place around the world under the banner of Islam have had a negative impact on the religion’s global image for most of the last decade. Unfortunately, the secular world has remained, for the most part, ignorant of the true and authentic Islamic teaching about those who commit suicide. The very existence of suicide bombers claiming to be muslims is simply astounding, and defies common sense.

It’s as if they never read the scriptures or the words of Muhammad – their Holy Prophet! He is often referred to throughout Islamic literature as the Apostle of Allah or the Messenger of Allah, and he taught the early Muslim community, without making any exceptions to the rule, that God would never accept suicide from a Muslim under any circumstance whatsoever. In fact, he taught that everyone who committed suicide would be barred from paradise and thrown into the hellfire for all eternity.

The Religion of Islam is supported by two authorities. First and foremost of the two is the Holy Quran – the book containing the word of God. Following the Holy Quran in importance is the Hadith – volumes of books containing the words of Prophet Muhammad which were spoken to the earliest Muslim community.

Both of these authorities contain verses which unquestionably prohibit suicide in Islam under absolutely any and all circumstances. Below are some examples of verses from the Islamic Authorities which forbid suicide.

Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 29 And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely Allah is Most Merciful to you.

The Hadith of Sahih Bukhari is a nine volume collection of the original words of Prophet Muhammad — words which will eliminate from the minds of intelligent human beings everywhere — all doubt regarding Islam’s true position on suicide bombing and the killing of women and children.

(Volume 5, Book 59, Number 514

Allah’s Apostle and his army encountered the pagans and the two armies fought and then Allah’s Apostle returned to his army camp and the others (the enemy) returned to their army camp. Amongst the companions of the Prophet there was a man who could not help pursuing any single isolated pagan to strike him with his sword. Somebody said, “None has benefited the Muslims today more than so-and-so.” Allah’s Apostle, on hearing that, said, “For certain he is from the people of the Hell-Fire.”

A man amongst the Muslims said, “I will accompany him (as an observer).” So he went along with him, and whenever he stopped, he stopped with him, and whenever he hastened, he hastened with him. The (brave) man then got wounded severely, and seeking to die at once, he planted his sword into the ground and put its point against his chest in between his breasts and then threw himself on it and committed suicide.

On that the person (who was observing the whole time) came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “I testify that you are the Apostle of Allah.” The Prophet said, “Why is that (what makes you say so)?” He said “It is concerning the man whom you have already mentioned as one of the dwellers of the Hell-Fire.

The people were surprised by your statement, and I said to them, “I will try to find out for you the truth about him.” So I went out after him (as an observer) and he was then inflicted with a severe wound and because of that, he hurried to bring death upon himself by planting the handle of his sword into the ground and directing its tip towards his chest between his breasts, and then he threw himself over it and committed suicide.”

Allah’s Apostle then said, “A man may do what appears to the people to be the deeds of the dwellers of Paradise but he is from the dwellers of the Hell-Fire and another may do what appears to the people to be deeds of the dwellers of the Hell-Fire, but he is from the dwellers of Paradise.”

and from (Volume 2, Book 23, Number 445)

Narrated Jundab – the Prophet said, “A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so God said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.”

And from Al-Muwatta – a different collection of the Hadith:

(21.9) The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) saw the corpse of a woman who had been slain in one of the raids and he disapproved of it and forbade the killing of women and children.

Suicide is forbidden by the Religion of Islam and no sincere knowledgable believer should say otherwise. The word muslim in the arabic language means – one who submits or obeys. In the Islamiccontext it means – one whose conduct or behavior conforms with the commands of God.

Those who oppose the true teachings of the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad by committing suicide are not muslims. They are the religiously uneducated! Ignorant misguided souls listening to and obeying false teachers! I will conclude with a prophesy, given by Prophet Muhammad some 1400 years ago, about those who are teaching others to commit suicide today.

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