Struggling through the day with a heavy heart bleeding in despair, she sadly smiled to bid farewell to her clueless mother. In her room, through sobs she wrote down the failures as the reasons for her ultimate untimely destiny. In the early hours, she drank the pesticide as the last drink of her short life before falling into the slumber of the unknown. Inspired obsessively by captivating movies that glorified the act, she decided to blow her brains, when chided by a parent for not attending to her daily activities. Even worse, a young, helpless, middle-class teenager concluded her story, as she was reluctant to comply with her whimsical fiancé’s lecherous desires.

Recently, in the UK, a British Pakistani teenager followed a similar fate owing to the intolerable, inhumane bullying he experienced at school. Earlier, a duo in Karachi ended their lives during school hours, as their parents did not support their Romeo and Juliet romance. In the ER of a hospital sat the distressed family of another, who was struggling to survive – it was the dark social and academic pressure that caused emotional upheaval, calling the teenager to resort to such extreme measures.

Islamic guidelines on suicide

Both the Quran and the Sunnah strictly condemn and admonish suicide.

Allah (swt) says: “It is He Who gives life and causes death, and to Him you all shall return.” (Yunus 10:56)

The Prophet (sa) said: “A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so God said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.” (Bukhari)

“Whoever throws himself down from a mountain and kills himself will be in the Fire of Hell, throwing himself down therein forever and ever. Whoever takes poison and kills himself, his poison will be in his hand and he will be sipping it in the Fire of Hell forever and ever. Whoever kills himself with a piece of iron, that piece of iron will be in his hand and he will be stabbing himself in the stomach with it in the Fire of Hell forever and ever.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

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