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Janaza for Suicide Bombing

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulUloomTT.net

Question 

A person professing to be a Muslim who commits a terrorist attack against civilians and in the process kills himself (suicide bombing) is obviously a despicable person.

In such a scenario:

  1. Will this person be given ghusl and will Janaza prayer be NECESSARY for him?
  2. If Janaza is NECESSARY for him, can the ulama refuse to perform the Janaza due to the heinous nature of the crime?
  3. If all the ulama refuse to perform the Janaza, it is assumed that the common people WILL still HAVE to perform it. Is this understanding correct?

Answer

Assalaamu Alaikum

These acts are heinous and despicable, and are major sins in Islam which will bring about severe punishment in the life hereafter. Howbeit, the person will still be a Muslim and ghusl and Janaza will be necessary for him. On account of these grave sins, the Ulama can refuse to perform the Janaza. However, some of the common people (Muslims) will have to do it.

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Waseem Khan

15/6/2017

This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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