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Suicide: Canada
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Muslims traditionally condemn suicide for various reasons. The issue confronts Islamic notions of human responsibility, the value of human life, and human beings' relationship with God. The question of suicide focuses on the right of an individual to violate the sanctity of life. In the Canadian context, studies highlighting suicide rates of Muslim communities, specifically Muslim women, are negligible, indicating a substantial need for further research.

Muslims denounce suicide based on several Qurʾānic passages (Qurʾān 2:195, 4:29, 17:31), that unequivocally…

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Jalalzai, Sajida, “Suicide: Canada”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0208a>
First published online: 2009

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