Janazah Salaah and burial of a person who has committed suicide

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Q: Is there Janaza namaaz performed for a person who has committed suicide?

Is the person who has committed suicide given a burial in a Muslim cemetery?

Of the latter two questions, I have ‘heard’ that the person has to be buried outside the cemetery. However, I have found no confirmation of it, nor can I see how this can be practical in for example Durban (but this is my opinion and not backed up by any Sharee ruling).


A: His janaazah namaaz should be performed and he must be buried in the Muslim cemetery.

(من قتل نفسه) ولو (عمدا يغسل و يصلى) به يفتى (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار 2/211)

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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