Punishment for suicide

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Q: “Indeed, whoever (intentionally) kills himself, then certainly he will be punished in the Fire of Hell, wherein he shall dwell forever”, [Bukhaaree (5778) and Muslim (109 and 110).

Please enlighten me if the person who killed him or her self and is a muslim. Would they remain in hell for ever is this what this hadith means.What I heard if any person has a small bit of imaan they eventually will go to jannah. Please explain this in detail please.


A: The period is known best by Allah Ta`ala. However, it is the belief of the Ahlus-Sunnah that a Muslim will eventually be sent to Jannah. However, this period of him being detained in Jahannum is not known, whether it will be for a billion years or trillion years.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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