Making Du`aa’ (supplication) for the sake of a Suicide

Question 35: I am a Sudanese Muslim. Thanks be to Allaah, I work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since a few years ago. Recently, I was informed that one of my relatives in Sudan has committed suicide – May Allaah save us from that. I have sent a letter of condolence to his family in Sudan in which I invoked Allaah to be merciful to him. I also sent another letter to a relative of mine who works in the United Arab Emirates to tell him of the event and of the letter I sent. He reproached me for offering condolences for a person who committed suicide and for invoking Allaah to be merciful to him. Now the question which I want you to give me a clear answer for is as follows:

Is it permissible to offer condolences to the family of a person who has committed suicide? Is it permissible to invoke Allaah to be merciful to him? What is the substantiated legal evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah?

Answer: It is unlawful for a Muslim to kill themselves; Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

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