Summary of Letter:

 Bismihi Ta’ala

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

(The letter was not published. The writer apparently indicated that he was ecoming suicidal and asked for advice.)

Summary of Reply:

 Bismihi Ta’ala

Respected Brother / Sister

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

You are not the owner of the life that has been granted to you. Instead it’s an amaanat (trust) from Allah Ta`ala. You have merely been made its guardian and trustee. It is therefore not permissible to do anything to this body and life which is against the commands of Allah Ta`ala. To destroy this life by means of committing suicide is a severe breach of trust. It is such a serious sin that one does not even get the opportunity to repent from it! May Allah Ta`ala save us all from this crime.

Whenever you are overcome with the thoughts of committing suicide, recite the following dua which is narrated in the Hadith:


(O Allah! Ease is only in that which You have made easy and You are the One who makes difficulties easy when You wish. There is none worthy of worship besides Allah, the Most Forebearing, Most Kind. Glory be to Allah, the Lord of the Great Throne. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the universe. I seek all that brings Your mercy and forgiveness. (I seek) safety from every sin and a full share in every good deed. (O Allah) Do not let a single sin of mine be left unforgiven, and let there be no worry except that You grant me relief from it, and leave not any need which conforms to Your pleasure but that You fulfil it. O Most Merciful).

Was Salaam
(Maktoobaat, vol.5 pg.53)

NOTE: The above dua should be recited whenever feelings of anxiety or depression are felt.