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How Does Islam View Suicide?

Added by on 17/09/2018

By Editorial Staff There is a warning against suicide in the Quran. We read in the Quran what means: And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful. (An-Nisaa' 4:29) …And do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands

By Editorial Staff

There is a warning against suicide in the Quran. We read in the Quran what means:

And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful. (An-Nisaa’ 4:29)

…And do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction. (Al-Baqarah 2:195)

Taking the human soul is not justified under any circumstances in Islam.

We read in the Quran what means:

And never is it for a believer to kill a believer except by mistake. And whoever kills a believer by mistake – then the freeing of a believing slave and a compensation payment presented to the deceased’s family [is required] unless they give [up their right as] charity. But if the deceased was from a people at war with you and he was a believer – then [only] the freeing of a believing slave; and if he was from a people with whom you have a treaty – then a compensation payment presented to his family and the freeing of a believing slave. And whoever does not find [one or cannot afford to buy one] – then [instead], a fast for two months consecutively, [seeking] acceptance of repentance from Allah . And Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.

But whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment. (An-Nisaa’ 4:92-93)

We also read what means:

O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution for those murdered – the free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But whoever overlooks from his brother anything, then there should be a suitable follow-up and payment to him with good conduct. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. But whoever transgresses after that will have a painful punishment. (Al-Baqarah 2:178)

Watch this video produced by Osoul Center on the stance of Islam on suicide.

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