Killing Series – Suicide Bombings Part 1

This is part 1 of our Killing Series – Suicide Bombings

Have you ever considered becoming a suicide bomber? Does the idea of blowing yourself up in the name of Allah and dying as a martyr have a special ring to it? Do you see the videos and images online and say, “I can do that”. Do you feel proud when you hear about, “one of our brothers dying in the name of Allah by suicide bombing?”

Deciding to blow yourself up will have consequences; the repercussions will be felt now amongst your family, when you are dead, and in the Hereafter when everyone is resurrected by Almighty Allah. We hope to clear up any confusion or misconception by using what is said and recorded in the Quran and authentic narrations. This post is not meant to be an exhaustive academic source on the subject of suicide bombings; inshallah more extensive articles will be posted in the future.

Why become a suicide bomber and its affect one’s Soul?

There are many motivating factors that drive an individual to perform an act that they believe is pleasing to Allah. It could be because they have a sincere, deep dedication to the cause they are fighting for, or they feel they have sins for which they need to atone. Whichever the reason, we should understand that Allah has instructed us to protect, fortify, and save our soul, first and foremost. Before our family, clan, tribe, group, cause, or organization, we have a responsibility to protect and save our own soul.

Allah states in Surah Al-Tahrim, “Save yourself and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones…”[1] This command is directed to you, the individual. Protecting your soul comes before anything else. Also the name of this Glorious chapter can be transliterated to mean, ‘The Prohibition’ which in short can be the overriding admonition to prohibit one or stop one from doing something detrimental to yourself and your family.

The act of blowing yourself up

Since we have established that saving your soul from the Hellfire is a top priority, the next question is, will blowing yourself up lead to Paradise?

Allah says in the Quran in Surah An-Nisa, “…And do not kill yourselves. Surely, Allah is Most Merciful to you. And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and that is easy for Allah”. [2]

The Scholars of Islam, from the time of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to the present, have agreed this verse not only limits people from killing one another, but also killing themselves. Abu Hurayrah[3] (May Allah be pleased with him) stated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever kills himself with an iron tool, then his tool will be in his hand and he will keep stabbing himself with it in the Fire of Jahannam…(i.e. ‘The Hell Fire)” [4][5]. This is a clear prohibition against the Muslim killing him or herself for any reason. No matter what a friend, Shaykh, or spiritual leader says, this act is not permissible and goes against one of the goals of the Shari’ah, which is the preservation of life.

On our upcoming Part 2 of our “Killing Series” – Suicide Bombings we will continue with our discussion on what the Scholars have said about it, as well as how the story of “The Boy and the King” is used and understood incorrectly.

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[1] Chapter 66 verse 6
[2] Chapter 4:29-30
[3] Companion of Prophet Muhammad
[4] Sahih Bukhari Book of Medicine, Sahih Muslim Book of Faith
[5] Full Hadith “Whoever kills himself with an iron tool, then his tool will be in his hand and he will keep stabbing himself with it in the Fire of Jahannam, forever and ever. Whoever kills himself with poison, then his poison will be in his hand and he will keep taking it in the Fire of Jahannam forever and ever. Whoever kills himself by throwing himself from a mountain, will keep falling in the Fire of Jahannam forever and ever.”

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