Your body is not your property

You have not made your body.
Your parents have not made your body.
Scientist are still at loss how it functions.
For sure, they cannot claim that they have made your body.

It is made though.

It is a gift from its Maker to you.
You may not see its beauty.
But then, how much do you really see?

It is said that a Greek sculptor wanted to make the most beautiful figurehead there was.
And he went on to sculpt the most beautiful eyes he has ever seen, the most beautiful nose, the most beautiful ears …
Once he had all the parts, he put it all together.
And to his surprise, it was an ugly sight.

Your body -as is- is a gift to you.
Or shall we rather say: “It is a trust.”
It does not follow your laws.
It follows the laws of its Maker.

No matter how advance science gets, it can only describe its laws.
Science cannot change them.
And for sure, you will meet sicentists who will pretend that there is no intelligence in its making.
Furthermore, and contrary to some beliefs, unusual events, sometimes called miracles, do not change the laws of the body.

As it is a trust, it has to be taken care of to fulfill its natural life span.
It would be unlawful to intentionally cause it harm.
Hence it would be unlawful to intentionally do that which causes it to shorten its life span or to abruptly end it.

For example, alcohol, drugs and similar substances are unlawful.
Their damage may not manifest for years but it is certain knowledge that they cause it harm.
And yet you will meet or hear of a scientist who drinks.
You will meet and hear of a Muslim who drinks.
And you will meet many who claim knowledge amongs Jews, Christians, Budhists, atheists etc. who drink alcohol.

It is written in the Quran:
“They ask you about khamr (1) and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin (2) and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].” Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought.” Quran 2:219

However, the most damaging of all and non-reversible is the taking of one’s own life.
This could be caused by many things like despair, shame, a misplaced sense of duty, a command from what is perceived as a higher authority etc.

It is written in the Quran:
“O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.” Quran 4:29

It is clearly understood from this verse that it is unlawful to commit suicide.
That is Islam.
Hence, you will find it clearly stated in the exegesis of the Quran by Ibn Attiyah [481Hijri/1088CE – 541Hijri/1146CE] , al-Qurtubi [~600Hijri/~1204CE – 671Hijri/1273CE] , Ibn Juzay [693Hijri/1294CE – 741Hijri/1340CE] and the late al-Alusi [1217Hijri/1803CE – 1270Hijri/1854CE] and aShaykh aTahar bin Ashour  [1296Hijri/1879CE – 1393Hijri/1973CE] and  others, that it is unlawful to commit suicide.
Furthermore, it is clearly understood from this verse that it is unlawful to commit suicide for whatever reason.
Defending one’s own honour is lawful but not by commiting suicide.
Defending one’s own property, land and country is lawful but not by commiting suicide.

Having said that, I do wonder sometimes, how many of these suicides are dressed in religious garments but in reality are no more than a smoke screen.
After all there are people who do not mind causing bloodshed to quicken a ‘world full of peace”.

(1) khamr –خمر-, in Arabic, is anything that impaires one’s reason (intellect / mind) whether it is wine, liquor or similar intoxicating drinks.

(2) Ithm –إثم is the original Arabic word. It is translated as ‘sin’. Although, it does contain that meaning, it also contains a meaning of slowness. As if it is slow to see its damage and as if it slows you down from doing good.

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