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Saturday, January 2, 2021
The Jihadists' Suicide Attacks or Martyrdom Operations Strictly Forbidden in Islam
By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
2 January 2021
Suicide has been the most lethal weapon of the Jihadists. This Jihadist weapon is produced through the act of fabrication. They appear to call it ‘permissible (jaaiz) in Islam but they fail to invalidate the verses of the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet in which Islam definitively forbids suicide under all circumstances, as exclusively discussed in my article:
After failure, they have now started rejecting the use of the term “suicide operations (Amaliyyat Intihariyya)” and insisting on the euphemistic label “martyrdom operations” (Amaliyyat Istishadiyya), “sacrifice operations” (Amaliyyat Fidaiyya) or “Jihadi operations” (Amaliyyat Jihadiyya).
Such labelling, however, has not been sufficient to suppress the divine command which prohibits self-immolation under all circumstances. They needed to bring a stronger argument to parry the criticisms of the Muslim scholars and clerics who had timely convinced the mainstream Muslim world that the suicide attack is forbidden under all circumstances.
So under the narrative of “martyrdom operation”, they point out that the Quran recognizes and venerates the martyr, citing the following Quranic verses;
“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.” (9:111)
“And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, "They are dead." Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.” (2:154)
In addition to these Quranic verses, they quote numerous Ahadith to glorify the martyrs, giving the references to the popular books of Ahadith, such as, Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. Moreover they feel pride in the fighting “for the cause of God or Allah Almighty”.
When a person, secretly involved in looking for the means of real peace and real recognition of the True God, ponders over the Jihadist narratives vs. Islamic narratives, he finds out the alarming fact in the Quranic verse (5:32) that the True God cannot allow taking the life of innocent civilians in brutal ways. This fact becomes enough for him to maintain the idea that the Jihadists are serving to destroy the creatures of Allah Almighty, including Muslims and non-Muslims and the Jihadist path is not the path of God or the cause of God. So they are not killing and getting killed in the cause of God but in the cause of going against the command of Allah Almighty (see the Quranic verse 5:32) which forbids the unjust killing of human beings.
Suicide attack is strictly forbidden under all circumstances—a creed of the mainstream Muslims. One can read my article referenced above. In this write-up, I would urge the readers to rethink how could the unjust killing of innocent civilians, which is strictly forbidden under the use of the term “suicide attacks”, be permissible under the euphemistic label “martyrdom operations”? A misdeed cannot be called a good deed simply because its name has been changed. Whether the Jihadists call it, “suicide attacks”, “suicide operations” or “martyrdom operations”, we will continue to reject such operations under the light of the divine statement (5:32) which forbids the unjust killing of human beings. In our rejection of the Jihadist narrative, we must say that the causes on the basis of which the suicide attacks are forbidden declare the Jihadist “martyrdom operation” forbidden, as a wrong act cannot be considered lawful by the use of the term “martyrdom”.
A regular Columnist with NewAgeIslam.com, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background and English-Arabic-Urdu Translator.