How can I thank you enough?
Kay also mentioned that some sections of the Japanese society consider HARA-KIRI a noble act even today.
We know that Allah is not a tyrant. But He sends us to this world without our consent and dispenses death without our consent :-)
Allama Iqbal has written some beautifully 'rebellious' poetry on the subject bordering blasphemy according to Mullahs.
3:182 This is for what your own hands have sent forth. God is never a tyrant over His servants. [8:51]
8:51 “It is the result of your deeds that you sent forth with your own hands. God is never a tyrant over His servants.” [3:182]
31:34 With God alone rests the knowledge of the Hour. He is the One Who sends down rain, and He alone knows what is (being nourished) in the wombs. No one knows what he or she will reap tomorrow, and no one knows in what land (circumstance) he or she will die. God is Knower, Aware. [Hour = The Great Revolution = Resurrection = Day of Judgment. Rain = Also alludes to resurgence of humanity. What is in the wombs = What is being nourished therein = In the wombs of any female creatures = Fate of the embryo = Spurious pregnancy = Uterine tumors, moles etc. Reap tomorrow = What one does or happens to him in the future]
Would the following verse apply to suicide?
5:32 On that account, We decreed to the Children of Israel (the Eternal Moral Ordinance for all humanity 2:178) that whoever kills a human being, unless it be for murder or bloody crimes on the earth, it would be as if he killed all mankind. And whoever saves the life of one human being it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with evident truth, yet, even after this, many of them continue to commit excesses in the land. [Only a court of law will make decisions. No one shall take the law in own hand]
I think suicide is chickening out of one's responsibilities and in most cases a gross violation of human rights, especially of the surviving family.
Ask a Mullah about his stance on suicide with reference to the Qur'an and generally he would quote, LA TAQTULOO ANFUSAKUM [Do not kill yourselves] ignoring the context.
4:29 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Do not consume one another’s wealth wrongfully, not even by way of trade based on mutual agreement. Do not destroy one another, and thus do not destroy your own ‘self’. Certainly, God has been Merciful to you.” [So you must be merciful to others. 2:275, 53:39. Illa in this verse means ‘not even’ and not ‘except’. 2:188, 26:181]
For a terminally ill and suffering person, suicide might come close to euthanasia.
However, instead of discussing ethics, let us stick to the Qur'an. I certainly need to think and learn more on the subject.
Input from others, especially Helen, Prof Rafi, Br. Mubashir and the Captain will be important.
Note: This post of mine after a sleepless night should carry little weight until I review it later and follow through with another post :-)
Dictated, not read.