Suicide In Islam :

(Why the Islam of Mohammed and the Early Muslims Says that Suicide Bombers Go to Hell)

June 2006 version



The hadiths of Sharia Islam unequivocally agree with each other, the Muwatta, and early Muslim history on the following: A Muslim who commits suicide goes to Hell. The only exception is that someone who did not mean to, but accidentally killed himself is not under this curse.



Quzman, a Muslim Warrior in Hell


Bukhari vol.5 book 59 no.515 p.364 and vol.5 book 59 no.518 p.376 tell of a Muslim warrior, who was wounded seriously, so he took some arrows out of his quiver and killed himself and went to Hell. Here is the quote: Bukhari vol.5 book 59 no.515 p.364 "Narrated Abu Huraira : We witnessed (the battle of) Khaibar. Allah's Apostle said about one of those who were with him and who claimed to be a Muslim, 'This (man) is from the dwellers of the Hell-Fire.' When the battle started, that fellow fought so violently and bravely that he received plenty of wounds. Some of the people were about to doubt ( the Prophet's statement ), but the man, feeling the pain of his wounds, put his hand into his quiver and took out of it, some arrows with which he slaughtered himself (i.e. committed suicide). Then some men amongst the Muslims came hurriedly and said, 'O Allah's Apostle! Allah has made your statement true ; so-and-so has committed suicide.' The Prophet said, 'O so-and-so! Get up and make an announcement that none but a believer will enter Paradise and that Allah may support (this) religion with an unchaste (evil) wicked man.'"


A Muslim who was injured committed suicide. Mohammed did not pray over him like he did over other Muslims. Ibn-i-Majah vol.2 book 6 no.1526 p.409


Mohammed said a Muslim was destined for the fire. The Muslim fought bravely, received many wounds, and because of the pain committed suicide, so Mohammed was correct. Bukhari vol.8 book 77 no.603-604 p.393-395


Quzman was a warrior for the Muslims who committed suicide on account of his wounds. His act of suicide proved true Mohammed's prophesy that he was one of the people of the hell-fire. al-Tabari vol.7 p.135-136


"...When we were in the thick of battle that man fought desperately and was wounded. It was said: Messenger of Allah, the person whom you at first called as a denizen of the Fire (Hell) fought desperately and died. Upon this the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) remarked: He was doomed to the Fire (of Hell). Some men were on the verge of doubt (about his fate) when it was said that he was not dead but fatally wounded. When it was night he could not stand the (pain of his) wound and killed himself." Sahih Muslim vol.1 book 1 no.205 p.63


A Sick Man Who Cut His Finger Joints


A Muslim man came to Medina, fell sick, and cut his finger joints. Blood streamed until he died. Afterwards, Tufail son of 'Amr saw him in a dream, and he was forgiven by Allah, and his hands were wrapped. Sahih Muslim vol.1 book 1 no.211 p.66



Muslims Who Commit Suicide Are Punished Eternally with What They Committed Suicide with


People who commit suicide go to Hell. Sahih Muslim vol.1 book 1 no.199,201,202 p.62.

Suicide: "...He who killed himself with a thing would be tormented on the Day of Resurrection with that very thing...." Sahih Muslim vol.1 book 1 no.201 p.62


Those who commit suicide, by throwing themselves off of a mountain, poison, with an iron weapon, etc. will be punished eternally in Hell with what they used to kill themselves with. Bukhari vol.7 book 71 no.670 p.450-451


Those who commit suicide by falling from a height, poison, or stabbing go to Hell. Sunan Nasa'i vol.2 no.1969 p.496


A person who commits suicide by poison will sip the poison forever in Hell. Ibn-i-Majah vol.5 book 31 no.3460 p.16



General Warnings


Khalid bin Sa'd bin Nufayl would have killed himself if he knew it would release him from his sin and please Allah, but he testified that it was prohibited, so he did not. al-Tabari vol.20 p.84



'Amir the Exception


'Amir tried to strike a Jew, but the blade of his sword turned and he accidentally hit his own leg and died. The Muslims were fearful that 'Amir's deeds were lost (he would go to Hell) for committing suicide. However, Mohammed said that Amir got a double reward, so accidentally killing oneself does not send someone to Hell. Bukhari vol.5 book 59 no.509 p.359-360



Mohammed Once Thought About Committing Suicide Himself


al-Tabari vol.6 p.xxxix,xl, 68-73. I went to Khadijah and said, 'Wrap me up! Wrap me up!' When the terror had left me, he came to me and said, 'Muhammad, you are the Messenger of God.'" He (Muhammad) said: I had been thinking of hurling myself down from a mountain crag, but he appeared to me, as I was thinking about this, and said, 'Muhammad, I am Gabriel and you are the Messenger of God.' Then he said, 'Recite!' I said, 'What shall I recite?' He took me and pressed me three times tightly until I was nearly stifled and was utterly exhausted; then he said: 'Recite in the name of your Lord who created,' and I recited it.... (p.69) Gabriel came to Muhammad and said, 'O Muhammad, recite!' He said, 'I cannot recite.' Gabriel was violent towards him and then said again, 'O Muhammad, recite!' He said, 'I cannot recite,' and Gabriel again was violent towards him.... (p.70) "Then he went to Khadijah and said, 'Khadijah, I think that I have gone mad.' 'No, by God,' she said. 'Your Lord would never do that to you. You have never committed a wicked act.'"


There is more on al-Tabari p.71-73, but it is basically duplicated.





There are many people, even Muslims who say conflicting things about Islam. Some Imams say suicide bombers are going to Hell, others say they are going to Heaven. However, ignoring what people innovate 1,400 years after Mohammed, and looking only at what Mohammed and early Muslims said and practiced, it is clear that the Islam of Mohammed (not somebody else's Islam) taught that all Muslims who commit suicide go to Hell. The only exception is for people who killed themselves accidentally.

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