Suicide bombers receive no death rituals

Scholars say bombers are the most unfortunate of people

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

2012-03-28

PESHAWAR – Suicide bombers who believe they will go to paradise are mistaken, ulema scholars say.

“The suicide bombers are the most unfortunate people on the surface of the earth, as they are neither bathed nor buried,” unlike undisgraced Muslims,” said Maulana Aminullah Shah in Par Hoti Mardan.

Shah, a prayer leader in Mohallah New Islamabad, Par Hoti, Mardan, said he felt sorry for Rehmanullah, a 17-year-old suicide bomber who attacked Afghan and coalition forces last September and was buried without a funeral prayer.

Rehmanullah’s father, Ghufran Khan, a day labourer, continues to grieve over his son’s death, saying the Taliban kidnapped and brainwashed him. He never got to see his son’s body or to bury it and remains uncertain of his son’s fate.

Some escape militant clutches

Saifullah, another boy from the same area, had to flee for his life when the Taliban accused him of informing the intelligence agencies after senior al-Qaeda operative Abu Faraj Al-Libbi was captured in Mardan in May 2005.

“The Taliban failed to abduct Saifullah, and finally he landed in Germany,” said his father, whom others congratulate on his son’s safety. “I know the Taliban would have used my son as suicide bomber ... he would have missed a bath, funeral and burial, which are important rituals for dead Muslims.”

Ajmal Shah, a prayer leader in Daudzai, Peshawar, is blunt about the importance of those rituals.

“The act of suicide bombing is condemnable. All those blowing themselves up and killing innocent Muslims wouldn’t find a place in paradise as they had been promised by their trainers,” he said of the promises the Taliban use to lure teenage boys into becoming suicide bombers.

Taliban brainwashing tools

Taliban recruiters kidnap or lure under-educated, jobless youth, using literature and videos to brainwash them into committing terrorism. They never tell the youths that they lose their birthright to a Muslim burial and funeral rituals. They also misinterpret the Koranic description of paradise.

“It is a great (tragedy), those teenagers who think they invite the pleasure of Almighty Allah after committing suicide attacks,” Shah emotionally told Central Asia Online. “In reality, they will face the wrath of Allah.”

“There’s no disputing that suicide attacks aren’t allowed in Islam,” he said. “Those disobeying divine commandments and opting to become suicide bombers ... land in hell.”

Playing on the youths’ religious sentiments, the recruiters call those targeted ‘infidels’ and issue decrees sentencing them to death. Families who grieve for their missing boys are told by trainers they have become “martyrs.”

An ignoble end for bombers

Authorities treat the remains of bombing victims with care, said Dr. Shiraq Qayum, head of the Lady Reading Hospital Accidents and Emergency Department, observing that workers will exhume and re-bury initially unidentified victims when DNA techniques yield their names.

The remains of suicide bombers, however, are treated differently.

“… We never bury the remains of suicide bombers ... (we) just use them for forensic purposes,” he said of Pakistan as a whole.

Suicide bombers don’t merit a funeral because the public despises their acts. The contempt for bombers’ remains is even more striking when compared to how Pakistanis hold funerals in absentia for relatives who died abroad and whose bodies cannot be repatriated, Qayum noted.

“Assaying the role of suicide bomber means abandoning Islam, which clearly states that killing one person amounts to killing the entire humanity,” said Rahimullah, a resident of Shabqadar and father of Qari Naqibullah, a 19-year-old Pakistani suicide bomber who killed 10 coalition soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in March 2011.

A resident of Surkh Dheri Charsadda, Wahidullah, disappeared in January 2008. Two months later, a group of Taliban militants informed his elderly father, Juma Gul, that his son the “martyr” had gone to paradise.

“First, I didn’t believe it when the Taliban walked into the mosque early one morning,” the father told Central Asia Online. “To my displeasure, they kept congratulating me, but I am still cursing them for my son’s act.”

Wahidullah’s father had to mourn his son alone.

“Offering condolences ... is an important act of kindness, displayed by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and his followers, but I am very unlucky that I didn’t receive a single mourner over the death of my lone son,” he said. “The people disapprove of suicide attacks; therefore, nobody offered me condolences.”

Such deaths cause agony for parents, who have no hope Allah will extend mercy to their sons who blew themselves up and violated Islamic injunctions, he said.

Nobody ever says anything merciful like “May God bless him” or “God rest his soul” for suicide attackers, adding to their families’ pain, Juma Gul added.

While suicide is forbidden by Islam, those who kill only themselves often receive the ritual washing, prayer and burial from their relatives. But the bodies of suicide bombers who kill others go unclaimed and are denied the rituals in accordance with Islamic teachings, Shah and others said.

Another slight that suicide bombers suffer haunts their families forever. Since nobody will bury them, relatives and friends have no grave to visit for the purpose of seeking advice and contemplating the hereafter.

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  • we r muslim no talban we pyar to god plz save us

    October 20, 2012 @ 01:10:29PM adnan zahoor
  • nice service por pakistan

    October 20, 2012 @ 03:10:23AM muhamma ayaz
  • May you live long (Amen) LONG LIVE LIFE

    October 12, 2012 @ 11:10:38AM annie
  • The comments of muhammad iqbal are very precious. But, do we know that we have put every thing on molana sahiban and they do what every they like to do. if you listen to them in the jumma khutbaa. one can easily analize that what intentions that he have. in the normal days he totally pray for TALIBA, and also convence the people to help them and to join them. in the muharram ul haram most of them try to urge the people to raise of fight against the other sects. the conclusion is that if we have to do some thing, we have to do it by our selves. people shall take this advantage back from these so called molana sahiban those are involved in these type of activities. I am quite sure that these sort of people are helping the external powers that are against of this loving contry Pakistan. they are directly or indirectly intentialy or unintentialy making those power storng in the Sweet and Loving Pakistan. For God sake please come farward and save this contry other wise there will be no boday even to save us.

    October 12, 2012 @ 06:10:12AM Aamir
  • Taliban… neither they are humans nor Muslims, even who say they are Muslims is animal, are Muslims like them, when you will die then you will understand Mr., only Taliban are real Muslims, and let me tell you that Taliban are not doing all this, your government is doing this, all that is being done in Pakistan on the name of Taliban is false, I don’t accept that Talib who commits such action which is harmful for Pakistan and Pakistani public

    September 18, 2012 @ 07:09:42AM samad khan
  • The people who are killing people in mosques, funerals and markets deserve no religious ritual.Their acts show that they are non-believers and the treatment they are getting from fellow Muslims, right. I pray Allah to land them in worst type of hell.

    May 15, 2012 @ 08:05:46AM Mohammad Sawar Chaudry
  • i am special boy, i am jobless,i am belong to poor family,do you anyhelpme for ever?

    May 8, 2012 @ 06:05:16AM nafis
  • i dont what we are now thinking about the suicide bombers, i personally saying that suicide bombers dont know that what they are doing, we click only the fruits of tree, but we dont know what kind of tree we cultivate, it is very easy to say to cut the fruit, why not the trees of these bombers, why we mixed , emerged the taste of fraud on these trees, why we not keep in mind that we cant finish the barbarous story of terrorism with hatred, atrocities and not with sweet praising songs, if we sincere stop your govt from the fraud with nation, we as a nation not sincere, our all activities against the humanity, only to say that these suicide will net get entrance in paradise, only a joke, ist of all think of this life, not touch the one page of terrorism, think on those whose families are killed in different attacks by operation of govt and drone attakc, so it is not war of religion, it is war of minds

    May 4, 2012 @ 01:05:32AM ibrar khan
  • life will never provide warranties and guarantees for success it only provides posibilities and oportunities to convert them into success.

    April 30, 2012 @ 02:04:27PM waqas Danish
  • Islam is the religion of peace and peaceful religion never allows to loss once life.Those who commit suicide they are part of the HELL and this is the sin which Allah never pardon.those who brainwash our youngsters for suicide in terms of Jihad are clearly enemies of Islam and soon they will be cleared about facts and figures on the day of JUDGEMENT, when Allah will punish them about there misdeeds who have lost the human lives.

    April 29, 2012 @ 04:04:27AM arsalan
  • These brain-washing activities are the acts of the colonists.They sow discord among the Muslims, while the colonists stand watching and laughing [at the Muslims]! I hope that the Muslims come back to their senses, and I hope that they do not allow the blinded fanaticism deceive them and make them fall into the enemy's trap. I hope that the Muslims become united!

    April 27, 2012 @ 07:04:20AM عبدالله
  • very true JAZAKALLAH

    April 26, 2012 @ 04:04:05AM kiran
  • It is true what ever is written about the suicide bomber but the thing that has to be solved is what is the use of writing article in the news paper or anywhere in the media no one (the suicide bomber read the article or hear the media. it should be properly proageted or it should be properly spoken in the Masajid in the Juma Prayer or any other public gathering so that the people behind this of the people doing this act should be given a clear knowledge ehat is right and what is wrong.If taliban aor any any try to brainwash these kid than why not we brain wash them again by show them the correct path of human life and human being. tariq

    April 24, 2012 @ 08:04:19AM [email protected]
  • I liked the very nice suggestion put forward by Muhammad Iqbal...We should not only do theoretical work instead do it practically.

    April 24, 2012 @ 03:04:24AM arzoo
  • I love pakistan

    April 24, 2012 @ 03:04:35AM tan_yahoo$.com
  • It seems to me ALLA Ualim to all of his slaves... suicide bombers are possessed by the devil, so they get confused... ALLA forgive them.

    April 23, 2012 @ 01:04:58PM Aika
  • suicide is un lawful in islam, suicide bombers are the enemies of islam and their act is against the ideology of islam , islam regreats the killing of innocent peoples , even in the time of GREAT holy prophet Muhammad [ sallay ALLAH alaih wa aalehi wassal ] during JEHAD , the cutting of trees were prohibited so to kill humain is not acceptable in islam . the muslim governments must act upon the activities of religeous activists and also the contries whose activities are becaming cause of enhansing these groups to act as islam / muslim savers , must change their planns to conquere muslim world.

    April 22, 2012 @ 03:04:50PM AMEER AHMED
  • comments good

    April 22, 2012 @ 09:04:39AM ubaidullah
  • If Pakistan wants, terrorism can be eradicated.

    April 22, 2012 @ 04:04:25AM sajjad ali
  • Taliban are neither human being nor Muslims even calling them Muslims is unfair.

    April 20, 2012 @ 10:04:58PM zulfiqarahmad
  • Islam teaches us peace and harmony.

    April 20, 2012 @ 02:04:52AM mahmood
  • What the Ulema's said about these suicide bombers is absolutely correct, Islam rejects and condemns such despicable, in human acts strongly. Moreover, there is no religion that would approve of such heinous crime. Here a question is asked by the readers as to what extent they agree that Taliban's lacks cohesion, well there was no need to ask this question as the answer is open and clear. They do not lack any cohession on the contary they are most united or else their plans and plots won't be so successful. But the point is who is behind Taliban's, for surety there cannot be a hand of any Muslim and most importantly the way Pakistan has been condemned by the west to nurture and encourage the Taliban's i also very antagonizing and heart breaking as it is only Pakistan who is the worse effected country by these Terrorist groups. People all over Pakistan see the most tragic events of these suicide

    April 19, 2012 @ 01:04:28PM shakeel
  • It is true what ever is written about the suicide bomber but the thing that has to be solved is what is the use of writing article in the news paper or anywhere in the media no one (the suicide bomber read the article or hear the media. it should be properly proageted or it should be properly spoken in the Masajid in the Juma Prayer or any other public gathering so that the people behind this of the people doing this act should be given a clear knowledge ehat is right and what is wrong.If taliban aor any any try to brainwash these kid than why not we brain wash them again by show them the correct path of human life and human being.

    April 17, 2012 @ 11:04:57PM Muhammad Iqbal
  • Suicide is an unforgivablee sin in Islam. So a suicide bomber cannot be given any Islamic burial.

    April 14, 2012 @ 02:04:14PM shahmasood
  • What the Ulema's said about these suicide bombers is absolutely correct, Islam rejects and condemns such despicable, in human acts strongly. Moreover, there is no religion that would approve of such heinous crime. Here a question is asked by the readers as to what extent they agree that Taliban's lacks cohesion, well there was no need to ask this question as the answer is open and clear. They do not lack any cohession on the contary they are most united or else their plans and plots won't be so successful. But the point is who is behind Taliban's, for surety there cannot be a hand of any Muslim and most importantly the way Pakistan has been condemned by the west to nurture and encourage the Taliban's i also very antagonizing and heart breaking as it is only Pakistan who is the worse effected country by these Terrorist groups. People all over Pakistan see the most tragic events of these suicide bombings on there own people so frequently and other do not use their logic.

    April 11, 2012 @ 08:04:53AM Ayesha Khan
  • If the above statement is declared by Ulama of Peshwar regarding committ suicide than who killed Hassan Jan Molvi as he was asked attack on police or millitry of Afghanistan. Or if there difference b/w their religion or anything then why these do not say that attacking on Afghan Mulism is what????????

    March 30, 2012 @ 12:03:49PM ahmad
  • I like this story very much because it is true. The suicide bombers are neither Muslims nor human. They are worse than animals.

    March 29, 2012 @ 06:03:22AM Muhamad Jamil