Suicide in Islam

Q: What does Islam say about a person committing suicide because of black magic?

I know suicide is haraam in Islam, but if the person who committed suicide was a really pious man, prayed 5 times a day and lived his whole life according to Islam but in the last month of his life he started seeing things who were telling him to take his life, not to pray and eventually he took his life. 

A: Suicide is a major sin in Islam. Severe warnings have been sounded in the Mubaarak Ahaadith for the one who perpetrates this grave sin. The one who takes his life through committing suicide, then until Allah Ta'ala does not forgive him, his punishment in the fire of jahannum will be that he will continue to inflict the same type of pain upon himself that was experienced at the time of committing suicide. However, if he was not in his right frame of mind (mentally challenged) at the time when he committed suicide, then such a person is not accountable for his actions.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)