Despair And Suicide: Islam’s Position
How to cope with stress and suicidal thoughts, and why one should not despair at the mercy of the Most High.
Despair And Suicide: The history of suicide is rooted in the depths of centuries. Cases of suicide were discussed during the times of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, the Jewish and Christian faith speaks about them, they are mentioned by the classical writings of Hindus. Harakiri – part of the ancient Japanese code of honor. Suicides are not limited to Western civilization, they exist in most Muslim countries, although they are strictly prohibited in Islam.
“And do not kill yourself. Truly, Allah is merciful to you! ”(Quran 4:29)
“… Do not doom yourself to death” (Quran 2: 195)
In Islam, human life is sacred. Everyone from birth has the right to life, it cannot be so easily taken away. Life is a gift from God, and we must protect it. Suicide due to worldly problems or from despair in the grace of the Lord is strictly prohibited. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), said: “Whoever kills himself with something in this world will be punished with the same on the Day of Resurrection.” This is a great sin, and the punishment for it is by the will of Allah. He can forgive if he wishes, and can punish if he wishes.
Life is an endless series of events, some inspire, inspire, delight, others plunge into despondency, anxiety, despair … And sadness and joy are part of human existence, but having lost control of emotions, we can fall into despair, and this state is not leaves room for hope. The Most High commands us not to despair, especially in His mercy. God has not left us to wander alone among the trials and temptations of earthly life. By great mercy, He gave us powerful weapons, indicated a clear, straight path, and promised to obey His will two things: relief from the aftermath and beautiful gardens of Paradise. The Quran says:
“And those who have believed and committed righteous deeds, they will enter the Paradise gardens in which rivers flow. They will abide there forever by the true promise of Allah. Whose speech is more truthful than the speech of Allah? ”(Quran 4: 122)
“After all, truly, relief comes after difficulties” (Quran 94: 5)
When the prophet Jacob (Jacob) suffered grief, he turned his grief to the Lord:
“He said:“ My complaints and sadness are addressed only to Allah … ”(Quran 12:86)
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Nothing will overtake the believer — even a thorn prick — without Allah writing down a good deed for this reason or removing his sin”
Islam Religion is designed to maintain constant communication with the Almighty. It is a mistake to consider life and religion separately. Stressful situations that cause despair and weaken communication with God always come from worldly affairs: psychological, emotional, family, financial difficulties … And in recent years, loneliness has become a typical cause for stress.
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The Lord is well aware of the difficulties that poison our lives. He gave us weapons to fight against them: patience, trust, and gratitude. If we are talking about deep despair that can push for suicide, then a lot of work needs to be done. It is important to remember that the mercy of the Most High is great and whatever the situation, He is ready to forgive and help.
The Lord himself is gracious, compassionate, and kind, and He invites us to cultivate these same qualities in ourselves and treat each other with respect and justice. Perhaps by showing a little sympathy and engagement, we will be able to keep someone from the fatal step. The Lord also forbids mocking, humiliating and oppressing each other.
“O you who believe! Let some people not mock others, because it may be that they are better than them. And let some women not scoff at other women, because it may be that those are better than them. Do not offend yourself and do not call each other offensive nicknames. It is bad to be called a wicked one after believing. And those who do not repent will prove to be wrongdoers. ”(Quran 49:11)
Allah Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) warn of harsh punishment for those who are unjust and cruel.
“… To those of you who acted unfairly, We will give to taste the great torments” (Quran 25:19)
The Prophet Muhammad said: “A Muslim brother is a another Muslim brother, and he should neither oppress nor betray him. The one who helps his brother in need, Allah will help in his own need, the one who save a Muslim from sorrow, Allah will save him of the sorrows of the Day of Resurrection, and the one who covers (the sins) of a Muslim, Allah will cover his sins in Day of Resurrection “.
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As you can see, we ourselves also benefit by treating others with goodness, especially friends and family members who have suffered misfortune. And what about someone with whom there was no support for a loved one? How can he himself get out of the captivity of suicidal thoughts?
There are several ways. The main thing is to strengthen the connection with God: more often read the Quran, cry out to Allah, remember that He knows everything. It is also important to realize that sinful thoughts are tricks of Satan. It is in his thoughts that he draws terrible pictures of poverty and helplessness. Hold on to the Lord even at the most difficult and terrible moment. Remember the Prophet, strive to be like him. This will help you feel calmer and closer to Allah.
The Lord has authority over everything, and He definitely wants for us an eternal sojourn in Paradise. If we meet our fears with full hope in the Lord, if we become patient and grateful in every situation, sadness and anxiety will no longer torment us so much. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), said: “The position of the believer is amazing. Truly, any situation is good for him. If comprehends his joy, he expresses gratitude to the Almighty. And this is a blessing for him. If trouble touches him, then he shows patience, knowing that everything is according to the will of the Creator. And this is also a blessing for him ”.