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Suicide and Islam 

Suicide and Islam
Suicide and Islam

Ahmed Okasha

and Tarek Okasha

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date: 23 May 2022

This chapter will discuss the historical and philosophical aspects of suicide in Islam. Influences of Islamic culture on the phenomena of suicide and attempted suicide will be emphasized, focusing chiefly on attitudes in Egypt. All studies show that suicide is less prevalent in Islamic societies compared to countries associated with other religions. Here, the reasons for suicide in different Islamic and Arabic countries are evaluated in relation to the sociocultural context.

The cognitive schemata of Muslims follow the phrases of the Koran that humans were created for the main reason of worshipping God, and that life and death issues should be controlled by God and not by self-destruction. This faith can be a factor in preventing suicide attempts, especially in those practising their religious rituals. The phenomenology of psychiatric disorders in Islamic culture is characterized and dominated in its content, whether hallucinations or delusions by religious themes.

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