State of a Muslim who dies persisting in a major sin

Question: What is the ruling on a habitual drinker who died not having performed Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) for their sin after being advised and warned about it? Is it obligatory for us to bury them in a Muslim graveyard? Also, what is the ruling on someone who deliberately kills themselves?

Answer: If a Muslim dies persisting in a major sin, such as drinking alcohol, Ribaa (usury), Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage), stealing, or similar sins, or if they commit suicide, according to Ahl Al-Sunnah Wa Al-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream), they are considered to be a believer due to their Eemaan (Faith), but their major sin renders them a Faasiq (someone openly and flagrantly violating Islaamic law)… read more here.

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