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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.

Related Articles:

The Politics of Religion and the Changing Concept of Shuhuda over the Years

The Principles of War from the Quran

Suicide Attacks By ISIS or Any Other Muslim Militants Are Brazenly Un-Islamic and Categorically Forbidden [Haram] Under All Circumstances: Evidence from the Quran and Hadith

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  • Dear Ghulam Rasool Delhvi sahab,

    You have rightly pointed out your concerns about misuse of martyrdom.

    I too have many concerns to share with you and other readers.

    Angry and frustrated Muslims easily fall prey to twisted interpretations of Islamic doctrines. It is true.

    What are the elements making them angry and frustrated? Perhaps we are not working at this point.

    Why do these frustrated Muslims fall prey to twisted interpretations of Islamic doctrines? Perhaps the so-called reformers of Islam are themselves not sure about Islam.

    Why are they unable to reach and accept right interpretation of Islam?  How can one get right interpretation of Islam? I think everyone is not perfect for presenting to them right interpretation of Islam or is there any other reason?

    Was there no one during 1400 years to take right understanding of Islamic doctrines? Shall we say “only a tiny group of Muslims in this 21st century are true Muslims”?! This will make them more confirmed that they are on “right path”.

    Winning war against terrorism, I sadly think, is only a dream. Terrorism is deeply rooted in the entire world. Be it terrorism in the name of religion, state, country, or power and politics; terrorism is terrorism. Regardless of terrorism in Burma, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, India, we are mainly focusing on fighting against terrorist ideologies and narratives. We have got courage only to fight against particular sorts of terrorism and ignore others. That is not worse than those are completely silent doing nothing.

    You can see a number of Muslims are fighting against ideological terrorism. They can’t win war as they themselves are fighting among one another. They have no unanimous formula or principle to win war against ideological terrorism. It would be better for them to decide which one principle will definitely play well, otherwise they will remain as losers and frustrated. 

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 7/17/2018 12:12:05 AM

  • The problem is: Militants' message finds resonance among angry and frustrated Muslims who fall prey to twisted interpretations of Islamic doctrines. Jihadists aspire to become martyrs by launching suicide attacks and unleashing violence. Thus, they expect Allah to welcome them into heaven. Worse, they find support from a few fringes of the half-educated clerics. 
    But the well-established ulema and both classical and modern Islamic scholars counter and discredit this false paradigm for martyrdom. 
    Eminent Islamic scholar, well-versed in classical Islamic theology, Prof. [Maulana] Ebrahim Moosa, strongly counters this view. He says: “The whole idea of a martyr or Shahid is that you fight until death and you give your life for Allah and community. But you don't go into battle saying ‘I will die,'" he said. As proof, he recounts one of the hadiths about a martyr, who is rejected by Allah when he arrived in heaven. Allah tells him: “You gave your life so people could remember you as a cause. You didn't do it to satisfy me”.

    Many established Islamic intellectuals like Moosa point out that Islam condoned only fight for “justice” that was ultimately aimed at restoring peace. But it set down strict rules on when and how to fight and also when to stop. In the Prophet's era, Muslims waged war only after all else had failed and they were fighting against injustice, oppression and on behalf of those expelled from their homes. The Quran says: “Fight those who fight you, but don't transgress. Do not let the injustice of others lead you to injustice”, says Dr Khaled Abou al Fadl, a world-renowned scholar of Islamic law. “But if the enemy says, ‘Let's make peace,' then you must make peace with them. You don't start killing them,” a prominent professor of Islamic studies Aminah McCloud says.

    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 7/16/2018 3:46:26 AM

  • I too must affirm that Naseer saab's definition of "Shuhuda" is worthy of wide dissemination.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/9/2018 12:23:00 PM

  • I too would suggest that:
    To understand more of the subject and how "suicide bombing" came to be accepted, read the following articles:
    The Principles of War from the Quran
    By Sultan Shahin - 7/9/2018 9:59:52 AM

  • The stress in the article is on showing that suicide is prohibited in Islam which is accepted by all Muslims without exception (even by the extremists) that it is so and does not require to be proven. Unfortunately, the article is silent on the target of the suicide bomber which is generally random civilians which may include the old, infirm, women, children the innocent and perhaps people sympathetic to the cause of the bomber also. It is such mindless murder which is anathema to Islam as it is taking life without justice.

    As far as narratives go, the author does not appear to be even aware of their narratives through which they justify their acts and therefore does not address the same let alone refute it. For example, what we call suicide bombing they call "martyrdom operations" and what we call "suicide" they call "the supreme sacrifice of self in the cause of Allah". This is the problem with all narratives and unfortunately Islam has become a religion of narratives and counter narratives rather than a religion of eternal principles! The Book (Quran) is forgotten as the narratives of the Muslims have effectively "abrogated" the entire Book. People therefore quote it when it suits them and ignore it when it suits them.

    If you depend upon narratives, be sure that the opposite side will have counter narratives. It is only when you accept all of the Book without exception and without treating any part of it as abrogated, will you understand the Deen of Allah. The religion of Allah is in the Quran and not in your narratives no matter what their source!
    To understand more of the subject and how "suicide bombing" came to be accepted, read the following articles:

    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/4/2018 11:51:28 PM

  • Nice article.

    Indeed Suicide bombing is categorically forbidden in Islam under all circumstances and indeed Newageislam.com is rebutting jihadist narratives in a systematic and organized manner. Perhaps there is not a single website as much active as newageislam.com for that matter.  

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 7/2/2018 11:00:30 PM

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