Sunday, June 11, 2006  

Suicide at Gitmo

Sura 4:29 (in the Koran) forbids a believer to take his or her own life. But there is a hadith or saying from Mohammed which presents suicide this way:
Hadith - Muslim #6485

Hammam b. Munabbih said: Abu Huraira narrated to us a hadith from Allah's Messenger and out of these one is that Allah's Messenger said: none amongst you should make a request for death, and do not call for it before it comes, for when any of you dies, he ceases (to do good) deeds and the life of a believer is not prolonged but for goodness.

Hadith - Muslim #6480

Anas (b. Malik) reported Allah's Messenger as saying: None of you should make a request for death because of the trouble in which he is involved, but if there is no other help to it, then say: O Allah, keep me alive as long as there is goodness in life for me and bring death to me when there is goodness in death for me.


Supposedly there is a hadith in which Mohammed refused to pray at the burial of a man who had committed suicide. However, the man's friends prayed for his forgiveness- God heard, and he was forgiven.

I would imagine #6480 is what some of the people in Gitma have in mind, especially the last part in light of on-going torture, detention without end and no hope of ever again seeing their families or their friends.

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