Regarding suicide bombings


Regarding suicide bombings

Question
: Are suicide operations (bombings) permissible? And are there (any) conditions for the acceptability of these actions?
Response: Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:
{And do not kill yourselves. Surely, Allaah is Most Merciful to you. And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and that is easy for Allaah}, [Soorah an-Nisaa, Aayaat 29-30]
So, it is not permissible for a person to kill himself, rather, he must protect himself in the full meaning of the word. And this does not prevent him from killing in the Path of Allaah and making jihaad in the Path of Allaah, and if he is open to being killed and martyred (therein) then that is good.
However, if he opens himself to being killed (in other than the Path of Allaah) then this is not permissible.
In the time of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), one of the brave (fighters) was fighting alongside the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and then he was killed. So the (other) companions said:
«None of us fought as courageously as so-and-so»
So, the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:
«He is in the Fire (of Hell»)
…and that was after he was injured and before he died. And this (matter) was difficult for the companions (to grasp). So one of the men followed the injured man and saw him place a sword on the ground – raising its blade and then impaled himself upon the blade, entering his chest and dying (as a result).
So this man (returned) and said:
«The Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) has spoken the truth»
… and they knew the Messenger never spoke from his whims and desires.
(So) why did he enter the Fire having done this action? Because he killed himself and was not patient (at what had befallen him); so it is not permissible for a man to kill himself.
Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan
al-Amaliyaat al-Istish.haadiyah – suwaruhaa wa ahkaamuhaa – Page 85

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