When I was in high school I remember hearing something about a woman
being permitted to commit suicide when she is about to be raped. True?
This came up in a recent conversation with a friend in relation to
war-torn regions, and because I had heard it many years ago and don’t
recall the source, I thought I’d ask.
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
Committing Suicide (as we are all aware) is strictly forbidden in Islam
and can never be justified. No matter how miserable and depressed one
becomes, one must not kill oneself.
Allah Most High says:
“Do not kill yourselves, for indeed Allah is Most Merciful to you.” (Surah
al-Nisa, V. 29)
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:
“Whoever intentionally throws himself from a mountain and kills
himself, will be in the fire (of Hell) falling down into it and abiding
therein eternally forever; and whoever drinks poison and kills himself
with it, he will be carrying his poison in his hand and drinking it in
the fire (of Hell) wherein he will abide eternally forever; and whoever
kills himself with an iron weapon, will be carrying that weapon in his
hand and stabbing his abdomen with it in the fire (of Hell) wherein he
will abide eternally forever.” (Sahih al-Bukhari & Sahih Muslim)
Therefore, committing suicide even for fear of being raped cannot be
justified in Islam. It is true that this is easy said than done and it
is difficult for an outsider to judge such a situation, but in light of
the evidences, it is difficult to declare committing suicide permissible
in such situations.
Sayyiduna Jundub (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the
Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “There was
amongst those before you a man who had a wound. He was in (such) anguish
that he took a knife and made with it a cut in his hand, and the blood
did not cease to flow till he died. Allah the Almighty said: “My servant
has himself forestalled me; I have forbidden him Paradise.” (Sahih al-Bukhari,
no. 1298 & Sahih Muslim, no. 180)
This narration clearly shows the impermissibility of killing oneself
even in extreme anguish and pain, for in killing oneself, one is
bringing death upon one’s self before Allah Almighty gives one death.
Thus, it will not be permitted to commit suicide even if carried out in
defence of one’s honour.
In such a case, a Muslim woman should resist her attacker with all means
possible. If he kills her during her struggle to prevent him raping and
abusing her, she will be considered a martyr (shahida), thus securing a
place in heaven (jannah).
Having said that, we should not condemn those Muslim sisters of ours who
committed such acts, for only Allah knows what kind of situation they
were in, and what emotional and physical trauma they faced. Thus, we
should pray for them and seek their forgiveness, and it is not beyond
the mercy of Allah to forgive them.
And Allah knows best
Muhammad ibn Adam
Leicester , UK.
Article taken (with Thanks) from Daruliftaa
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