Why do people commit suicide?

By Shagufta Lone

This is a fundamental question that we all face at some point in our lives. One of our loved ones, acquaintances or friends inevitably commits suicide. Some of them survive while most of them die. Every person who commits suicide, leaves a paramount question, “Why they done so?”
Were they so tired and frustrated with their lives or were in such a state that they embraced death, dozens of such questions.
Many people who have access to all the aspects of life and commodities of world also commit suicide, which means that life’s hardships and sufferings are not as close to suicide as they would normally be. It is speculated that most of the suicides were due to some kind of distress or some other serious disturbance which led them to attempt it.
“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful this world is”-
While there are many factors that can influence a person’s decision to commit suicide, the most common one is severe depression. Depression can make people feel immense emotional pain and loss of hope, making them unable to see and believe in any another way to relieve their pain other than ending their own lives.
The main cause these days behind suicides are, this pandemic which worsened people’s financial conditions, because a man who was working hard during the day and earns some money for his family’s expenses, but during this pandemic no one is going out for work nowadays and their families are suffering because of it.
In Islam, ending ones life is considered a serious crime, a serious sin and a cause of punishment, it is clearly forbidden and condemned in the Qur’an and Hadith, because only God is the owner of life and death.
On the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, he said: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: “From the top of the mountain, from the slaughter of the soul, the fire of Hell Hadith” (Mashkoot: Volume 1, page 1) Referring to the different types of suicide,
The prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “He will live in hell forever, and he will endure the same torment by which he commit suicide.”
Sahib al-Marq at al-Muftah writes that if he committed this act If he commits suicide by considering it lawful, then it is a punishment to live in hell forever, or “khulud” means long term. Therefore, if he did it knowing that it is not permissible, then Allah will not forgive him, admitting him into hell as a punishment.
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