A well-known Nigerian Islamic scholar said here on Sunday that suicide mission "is un-Islamic ... it is frowned at in Islam."
Alhaji Abduljelil Kelani, delivering a lecture entitled " Suicide Mission: Is It Islamic?" at the monthly meeting of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Abuja Chapter, said taking one's life for whatever reasons did not uplift Islam but cause more havoc to the people.
Kelani, deputy imam of Islamic Youth League, Abuja Branch, quoted several portions of the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet which forbade Muslims from committing suicide under whatever reason.
He said the ruling of Islam on anybody who committed suicide was that such person would smell al-Jonah.
He quoted Prophet Muhammed as having warned his followers saying "none of you should wish for death because of an affliction or take your life for whatever reason."
Kelani explained that the Prophet warned that "whoever stabs himself will continue to stab himself throughout in hell fire."
He pointed out that suicide mission could come in form of jumping from a height, drinking of poison, stabbing oneself with a sword, bombing or other forms capable of taking one's life like hanging.
"All these are definitely un-Islamic as the prophet has warned Muslims not to wish for death. When you are being oppressed and you bear the oppression, Allah will be sufficient for you," he stressed.
According to Alhaji Abdulrahman Balogun, coordinator of MMPN in Abuja, the choice of topic is to correct the misconception that Islam is a terrorist religion.
Balogun said that "Islam is a peaceful religion which required both Muslims and non Muslims alike to search for more knowledge about the religion."