Radical Islamism and Jihad(02 Jul 2018 NewAgeIslam.Com)
Jalalabad Suicide Bombing Reportedly Waged By ISIS Terrorists Is Totally Against Islamic Teachings


By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam

2 July 2018

 

According to a BBC report, “a suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 19 people, most of them members of the country's Sikh minority” and “The Islamic State (IS) group said it carried out the attack”.  Nangarhar health director Najibullah Kamawal told AFP news agency that 17 of the dead were Sikhs and Hindus. Another 20 people were wounded, he added. Condemning the “cowardly terrorist” attack, the Indian embassy tweeted, “The attack underlines the need for a united global fight against international terrorism without discrimination and accountability of those who support terrorists in any manner”

Many ulema also condemn such cowardly terrorist attacks waged by ISIS and appreciate the call of Indian embassy towards a united global fight against international terrorism. But how can we win our fight against such terrorists unless we fight their narratives by which they seek to brainwash the gullible people. Isis repeatedly focuses on misinterpreting Islam for justifying suicide bombing but we Muslims do not concentrate on rebutting their falsehood or misrepresentation of Islam. Except for NewAgeIslam.com, such an attempt is not being made anywhere else in a systematic and organised manner.

Suicide bombing is extremely forbidden in Islam in all cases, even in wartime. The Quran and Sunnah have asked the people not to go for suicide attacks. Now we will have to tell the gullible Muslims who are trapped or brainwashed for suicide bombing that this act is absolutely forbidden.

Allah says,

“Do not kill yourself” (4:29).

The verse “do not kill yourself” has general application and means that suicide is forbidden both in public and in person.

Imam Fakhr al-Din al-Razi interpreted this verse (4:29) and wrote:

“This verse, “And do not kill yourselves”, prove that it is unlawful for one to kill someone else or oneself unjustly” (Al-Tafsir al-Kabir of Imam al-Razi, 57:10)

Allah Almighty says:

“But whoever will do that through transgression and injustice, We shall soon throw him into the Fire (of Hell) and that is very easy for Allah” (4:30).

 Here Allah makes the law of punishment for the suicide attackers. From the general application of this verse we learn that suicide bombing is forbidden in all circumstances and anyone who justifies it in certain circumstances as a war tactic is violating Islam and for such a terrorist is punishment of the hell-fire.

Allah Almighty also says:

“And do not cast yourselves into destruction with your own hands; and adopt righteousness. Verily, Allah loves the righteous” (2:195)

Islamic jurists (Fuqaha) and exegetes (Mufassirin) quote this verse as evidence to prove that killing oneself or perpetrating suicide attacks by any means is forbidden.

Imam al-Baghawi quoted the verse 2:195 while interpreting the verse 4:30 and said, “It is said that He mentioned the Muslim who kills himself”. (Tafsir al-Baghawi also known as Ma'alim at-Tanzeel: 1:418)

There are a number of Ahadith in which the Prophet has condemned suicide attack and made it forbidden (Haram) under all circumstances. Please see some of them as follows;

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,

“The one who commits suicide will go to Hell, and will keep falling into it and will abide there forever”

(Sahih Bukhari, The book of Medicine, Chapter: Taking poison and using it for medical treatment or using what may be dangerous or impure)

“Whoever stabs himself to death will continue to stab himself in Hell. And whoever throws himself off a cliff will continue to throw himself off a cliff in Hell. And whoever hangs himself will continue to hang himself in Hell”.

(Sahih Bukhari, The book of Funeral Rites, Chapter: What has come to us about someone who kills himself’?)

“Whoever swears by a religion other than Islam (i.e. if he swears by saying that he is a non-Muslim in case he is telling a lie), then he is as he says if his oath is false and whoever commits suicide with something, will be punished with the same thing in the (Hell) fire, and cursing a believer is like murdering him, and whoever accuses a believer of disbelief, then it is as if he had killed him.”

 (Sahih Bukhari, The Book of Good Manners, Chapter: If Someone calls his brother a disbeliever without any legitimate grounds, then he himself is what he said’, Sahih Muslim)

“Whoever purposely throws himself from a mountain and kills himself, will be in the (Hell) Fire falling down into it and abiding therein perpetually forever. And whoever drinks poison and kills himself with it, he will be carrying his poison in his hand and drinking it in the (Hell) Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever; and whoever kills himself with an iron weapon (stabbing himself), will be carrying that weapon in his hand and stabbing his abdomen with it in the (Hell) Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever.”

 (Sahih Bukhari, The book of Medicine, Chapter: Taking poison and using it for medical treatment or using what may be dangerous or impure)

It is reported that:

“The Prophet peace be upon him, dispatched an army and appointed a man their commander. Then the man-made fire and said (to the soldiers), "Enter it." Some of them intended to enter it while some others said, 'We have run away from it (i.e., we have embraced Islam to save ourselves from the 'fire')." They mentioned that to the Prophet, and he said about people who had intended to enter the fire. ''If they had entered it, they would have remained in it till the Day of Resurrection.'' Then he said to others, "No obedience for evil deeds, obedience is required only in what is good."

(Sahih Bukhari, [The Book of Accepting Information Given by a Truthful Person, Chapter, Acceptance of the information given by one truthful person in about all matters, and Sahih Muslim, [The book of leadership]

“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”.

This Hadith has been narrated in Sahih Bukhari [The book of the prophets, chapter: What has been mentioned about the children of Israel], Sahih Muslim [the book of faith, chapter ‘the severe prohibition of killing oneself and if someone commits suicide with something, he will be tormented with the same in the Hellfire] and Ibn Hibban in al-Sahih)

“During one of his Ghazawat, the Prophet peace be upon him encountered the pagans, and the two armies fought, and then each of them returned to their army camps. Amongst the (army of the) Muslims there was a man who would follow every pagan separating from the army and strike him with his sword. It was said, "O Allah's Messenger peace be upon him! None has fought so satisfactorily as so-and-so (namely, that brave Muslim). "The Prophet said, "He is from the dwellers of the Hell-Fire." The people said, "Who amongst us will be of the dwellers of Paradise if this (man) is from the dwellers of the Hell-Fire?" Then a man from amongst the people said, "I will follow him and accompany him in his fast and slow movements." The (brave) man got wounded, and wanting to die at once, he put the handle of his sword on the ground and its tip in between his breasts, and then threw himself over it, committing suicide. Then the man (who had watched the deceased) returned to the Prophet peace be upon him and said, "I testify that you are Apostle of Allah". The Prophet peace be upon him said, "What is this?" The man told him the whole story. The Prophet peace be upon him said, "A man may do what may seem to the people as the deeds of the dwellers of Paradise, but he is of the dwellers of the Hell-Fire and a man may do what may seem to the people as the deeds of the dwellers of the Hell-Fire, but he is from the dwellers of Paradise."

 (Sahih al-Bukhari [The Book of Military Expeditions led by the Prophet (pbuh) (Al-Maghaazi) Chapter: Ghazwa of Khaibar], Sahih Muslim [The Book of Faith » Chapter: Clarifying the emphatic prohibition against killing oneself; The one who kills himself with something will be punished with it in the fire]

We have read above in the Quranic verses and Ahadith that suicide attack is categorically forbidden under all circumstances and that the suicide attackers will reside in the Hell forever. Therefore, those who think that by suicide attack they will enter Paradise are at wrong. So, they should immediately go for repentance and disassociate themselves from the militants or terrorists who justify suicide bombing, otherwise they too will be the part of this heinous crime.

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