Q. Is Janaazah Salaah necessary for a person who commits suicide?
A. The act of committing suicide is a severe sin that is accompanied with severe punishment. Such a person will continuously be punished in the same manner that he had taken his life. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
“Whoever commits suicide with something, will be punished with the same thing in the Fire.” (Bukhari)
However, the act of suicide does not constitute Kufr and hence, a person remains a Muslim. Therefore, it would be necessary to perform Janaazah Salaah for a person that committed suicide.
Note: The amount of suicide deaths has increased to a considerable amount amongst Muslims and especially amongst the youth in recent times. Parents should constantly make observations of their children and take necessary steps in advising them accordingly.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
(Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh)
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