Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The Misguidance of Certain "Muslims"
‘Abd al-‘Azīz Ar-Rājihī1 on Suicidal Acts of “Martyrdom”
Question: Many people talk about acts of “martyrdom” that are carried out in Palestine
and other places. So what is the ruling of actions like these?
Answer: Regarding such actions, I heard the honorable Shaykh Abd al-‘Azīz Ibn Bāz,
may Allāh have mercy on him, pass a religious verdict that they are considered nothing
but suicide and that it’s forbidden for a person to strap explosives to himself and then
detonate them because this is suicide combined with murder.(al-Ibāanah al-Sughrá by Ibn Baṭṭah)
Ibn al-‘Uthaymīn on Suicide-Bombings
Some people say it is permissible to carry out suicidal acts of Jihād such as they do by
rigging a car with explosives and then storming into the middle of an enemy, all the while
the perpetrator knows that he too is certain to die.
My opinion of this is that it is nothing but suicide and that such a person will be punished
in Hell just as has been authentically reported from the prophet (pbuh)
…I believe that there is no excuse for one who commits this during our time because it is
an ill-famed, modern-day form of suicide that’s become widespread among people. So as
such, it is incumbent upon every person to ask the people of knowledge regarding such
acts so that correct guidance may be distinguished from sin. It is amazing that these
people even kill themselves (along with others) when Allāh has clearly forbidden that,
And do not kill yourselves. Indeed, Allāh is merciful to you all.
[Sūrah al-Nisā’, 4:29]
And most of these people want nothing more than revenge on their enemies no matter
how they achieve it – whether by permissible or forbidden means. They want nothing but
to relieve their thirst for revenge. We ask Allāh to give us the correct insight in applying
His religion and in doing acts that please Him. He is capable of anything. (Taken from a conversation with Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn published by Al-
Da’wah Magazine (issue no. 1598, 2/28/1418 Hijrah which corresponds to 7/3/1997)
Suicide Bombings are completely forbidden according to these well known Scholars.
May Allah protect the Muslims from deviance and corruption.
And Allah knows Best.