The self-immolation of a young Tunisian merchant in early January became a symbol of popular revolts that toppled Tunisia’s government.This act has already inspired copy cats across the region.
Egypt’s Al Azhar, the most prestigious centre of religious learning in the Sunni Muslim world, said on Tuesday that Islam bans suicide for any reason.
“Sharia law states that Islam categorically forbids suicide for any reason and does not accept the separation of souls from bodies as an expression of stress, anger or protest,” said Al Azhar’s spokesman Mohammed Rifa Al Tahtawi in a statement on state news agency MENA. “Al Azhar cannot comment on the cases of people who had burned themselves, as these may be suffering from a mental or psychological condition that forced them to do so.”
He added that “Islam forbids suicide as a general rule”.
Source; Jordan Times
Whether or not Islamic religious authorities ban suicide, there is an open secret in the Arab/Moslem world that it is quite common, as are drug use and many other things that Islam forbids.
The self-immolation that has become an increasingly common form of protest throughout the Arab/Moslem world has given dramatic proof of the fact that despair is the prevailing feeling in this world. People see that their lives are no better than the lives their parents lived and the future they envision for their children is even worse.
The reasons for this are many, but the undeniable fact is that the Moslem religion simply doesn’t offer them any comfort or hope.
How can it when the only source of hope for any human being, Jesus of Nazareth, is described by the Koran as just another prophet like all the others, a man who was not, as the Bible affirms, the Son of God and God in the Flesh, but just an ordinary man with extraordinary wisdom.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
There are a growing number of people in the Arab/Moslem world who have cast off this worthless religion and embraced the Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, the one and only hope for all of mankind.
Very often it has been through a dream or spontaneous vision of Jesus that these breakthroughs occur.
We must continue to pray for more such revelations and pray for the fledgling churches in the Arab/Moslem world who suffer tremendous persecution for their faith.
Written by Aaron