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Islamic views on suicide

Suicides are frowned upon and buried in a separate part of a Jewish cemetery, and may not receive certain mourning rites. In practice, every means is used to excuse suicide - usually by determining either that the suicide itself proves that the person was not in their right mind, or that the person must have repented after performing the deadly act but shortly before death occurred. Taking ones own life may be seen as a preferred alternative to committing certain cardinal sins. Most authorities hold that it is not permissible to hasten death to avoid pain if one is dying in any event, but ...

Alfredo's Fire

Alfredos Fire is a documentary film, directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson, about self-immolation victim Alfredo Ormando, who set fire to himself in January 1998 outside St. Peters Basilica to protest the Catholic Churchs condemnation of homosexuality. The film had its world premiere on February 2, 2014 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Christian views on suicide

There has been much debate over the Christian view on suicide, with early Christians believing that suicide is sinful and an act of blasphemy. In modern times, some Christian churches reject this idea, although others still espouse and teach this view.


At the time of the Spanish conquest of Yucatan, Ix Tab, or Ixtab, was the indigenous Mayan goddess of suicide by hanging. Playing the role of a psychopomp, she would accompany such suicides to heaven. No certain depictions of Ixtab are known.

Jewish views on suicide

Jewish views on suicide are mixed. In Orthodox Judaism, suicide is forbidden by Jewish law, and viewed as a sin. Non-Orthodox forms of Judaism may instead recognize the act as more akin to a death by a disease or disorder. Rabbinical scholars command compassion both for the deceased and the survivors.

Alfredo Ormando

Alfredo Ormando was a gay writer from Palermo who died as a result of setting himself on fire outside Saint Peters Basilica. His self-immolation was an act of protest against the Roman Catholic Churchs teaching on homosexuality. Ormandos only published book was the novel Il Fratacchione "The Overweight Monk", which recounted his two years at a monastery attempting to get closer to God and to purify himself of "unclean" desires. The narrator in the book states, "It isnt true that gay is beautiful. On the contrary, it is a continual death on the inside. Either you accept being gay, or you ki ...


Prayopavesa is a practice in Hinduism that denotes the suicide by fasting of a person, who has no desire or ambition left, and no responsibilities remaining in life. It is also allowed in cases of terminal disease or great disability. A similar practice exists in Jainism, termed Santhara.


Sokushinbutsu are a kind of Buddhist mummy. The term refers to the practice of Buddhist monks observing asceticism to the point of death and entering mummification while alive. They are seen in a number of Buddhist countries, but the Japanese term "sokushinbutsu" is generally used. It is believed that many hundreds of monks tried, but only 24 such mummifications have been discovered to date. There is a common suggestion that Shingon school founder Kukai brought this practice from Tang China as part of secret tantric practices he learned, and that were later lost in China.


ⓘ Religion and suicide

  • unforgivable sin, although some other religions might. According to the theology of the Roman Catholic Church, suicide is objectively a sin which violates
  • existential themes such as religion honor, and the meaning of life. The Abrahamic religions traditionally consider suicide as an offense towards God
  • forced to betray their religion Jews have committed suicide or mass suicide see Masada, First French persecution of the Jews, and York Castle for examples
  • religion and join Orthodox Christianity. They refused, locked themselves in their places of worship, and set them on fire. In India, the mass suicide
  • individual would choose suicide However, Durkheim established that there is more correlation between an individual s religion and suicide rate than an individual s
  • the motivation of suicide attackers than religion According to Atran and former CIA case officer Marc Sageman, support for suicide actions is triggered
  • effects of religion on health. The World Health Organization WHO discerns four dimensions of health, namely physical, social, mental, and spiritual health
  • A suicide note or death note is a message left behind when a person dies by suicide or intends to die by suicide It is estimated that 25 30 of suicides
  • connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, or any one of the world s religions After studying 315 suicide attacks carried out