Are suicide bombers a Cultural phenomena in Islam
Suicide is not in Islamic Traditions
I’m very sure that suicide is never part of the Islamic tradition. The very idea that suicide bombings are encouraged in Islam is completely false. Any Islamic fatwa supporting it is rejected by the teachings of Islam.
Suicide bombers are just that: suicidal. It has nothing to do with Islamic religion.
Of the world’s three Abrahamic faiths, “The Koran has the only scriptural prohibition against it,” said Robert Pape, a professor at the University of Chicago who specializes in the causes of suicide terrorism.
The phrase suicide bomber itself is a Western conception, and a pretty foul one at that: an egregious misnomer in the eyes of Muslims, especially from the Middle East. For the Koran distinguishes between suicide and, as the book says, “the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah.”
The latter is a courageous Fedayeen — a martyr. Suicide is a problem, but martyrdom is not.
In Islam, suicide is so heinous that followers are instructed not to attend the funeral or visit the grave of one who committed suicide.
And whoever commits suicide with piece of iron will be punished with the same piece of iron in the Hell Fire.” Narrated Jundab the Prophet said, “A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so Allah said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.
Euthanasia is suicide. Even if a Muslim have a painful terminal illness, they are forbidden to end their life.
From the Quran, Surat al-Nisa 4:29-30:
O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: The martyrs are of five kinds:
- One who dies of plague;
- One who dies of disease of his belly;
- The drowned;
- One who dies under the debris (of construction, etc.), and,
- One who dies while fighting in the way of Allah.
Fail by MUIS Academy
On Friday 4th March, 2011, The Middle East Institute of National University Singapore is conducting a seminar called “Psychology and Sociology of Suicide Bombers” by Professor Riaz Hassan. He is the author of “Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombing”
I have not read the book yet. So I can’t really comment on it. I have nothing against scholars researching anything. What’s important, critical thinking mustn’t be put on hold just because a scholar, or an organization said or do something.
The point is the seminar is termed as a “Cultural Seminar”. There’s nothing cultural in Islam about suicide. It simply reinforces the point that suicide is part of Islam.
If the organizers are someone else I don’t really care. MUIS Academy proudly puts their name on it.