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Suicide - The Needless Loss of Life

The loss of human life is always tragic, but when it is needless and self-inflicted then the pain and loss is compounded. Statistics about suicide show an alarming growth rate every year, with some reports showing upto 60% increase.

It is inevitable that in life one will encounter challenges and difficulty at some point or the other. No matter how enormous the challenge of life may seem to be, it will never be beyond one's capacity to bear it with patience. The Quran says “Allah does not burden a soul more than it is capable of enduring” (Surah Al-Baqarah)

Those inclined to suicide believe that a quick way to dispense of life's hurdles is to resort to suicide. Generally, people who have lost all hope in life, or have underachieved in some task they expected to be successful in, turn to suicide and consider it to be a relief from their perceived 'failure' or the 'indignity' that comes with it.

In reality, suicide does not give relief – rather it brings loss and regret. Embracing challenges with patience and fortitude will bring relief and consolation for us from Allah. The Quran says “Verily with every difficulty there is relief”.This verse is repeated in Surah Inshirah for emphasis.

Almighty Allah is our Creator, He gives life and owns it, and He alone has the right to end it. Suicide is forbidden in Islam and listed among the major sins. There are specific sanctions mentioned in the Quran prohibiting self-killing. Allah says in the Quran,"And do not kill yourselves. Surely, Allah is Most Merciful to you." (Surah An-Nisa)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever throws himself down from a mountain and kills himself will be in the Fire of Hell, throwing himself down therein forever. Whoever takes poison and kills himself, his poison will be in his hand and he will be sipping it in the Fire of Hell forever. Whoever kills himself with a piece of iron, that piece of iron will be in his hand and he will be stabbing himself in the stomach with it in the Fire of Hell, forever.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Hazrat Thabit bin Dahak (R) narrates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever kills himself with something in this world will be punished with it on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sahih Bukhari)

What to do if you are suicidal:

Think deeply about one's Creator, family, teachers and well-wishers - turn to Allah and seek His assistance.

Talk to Ulama, scholars, and reputable social workers who are able to help in combating negative thoughts.

Join support groups that provide useful assistance for those potentially suicidal.

Seek medical assistance from a professional.

May Allah save us from all harm and give us eternal bliss and peace.

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