Almost like the rampancy of strike action is to an academic session, suicidal attempts have been on the high. News of “successful” and failed attempts have dominated our news headlines in recent time, and this is disturbing. Economic hardship, political perfidy, educational stodginess, sickened health sector are some of serrated hot knife piercing through the lives of many Nigerians. This is the reason some have resorted to take the shortcut lane in cutting short their lives.
In the light of this, our Vox Muslimeen for this week is “Is it worth it to take one’s life all in the name of the hard state of the nation?”
“Why should one take one’s life. Life is a beautiful and rare gift from Allah (SWT) which we should always appreciate. Whenever one is in distress, the best thing is just to find someone to talk to, and talk to Allaah, [then], you are good to go. Though life might be very tiring and stressful at times but trust in Allaah and perseverance will keep someone going.”
– Mustopha Ikmah, Civil Engineering, 300 Level.
“Islam is an integral part of my life. So my view is bound to be Islamic, anyway. But on a mundane basis, one does not have to end one's life because of economic crisis. A common saying has it that, when there's life, there's hope. So one has to be optimistic and not the converse.”
– Abass Giwa Mukhtar, Pharmacy, 300 Level.
“I am a Muslim, taking my life is never an option; but to be factual death is better than all these we are experiencing. Those that died upon the right ‘Aqeedah [Creed] are enjoying in the grave, may Allah ease our tasks and grant us good endings.”
– Habeebat, fresh graduate of Pharmacy.
“That's the most stupid, dump, idiotic, moronic and imbecilic decision. If [you] ask, why? Because such a person losses exponentially.”
“No, it is not worth it. Allah tells us in the Qur'an that "there is ease after hardship", and as Muslims, we must hold unto that promise. Everything will be OK. Suicide is not reversible (if the economy gets better) and it occurs when someone loses hope. As Muslims, we must not lose hope in Allah's mercy.”
“No. All one needs now is to take it to God in prayer.”
Suicide? That's no solution to the present situation of the country. I believe it’s better to be a solution provider than be part of the problem to be solved. Committing suicide is adding to the problem because it’ll cause havoc to the family. Committing suicide is a sin. No one must live the other in this recession period we must live to get and share the suffering”
“Suicide doesn't help matters. You should be able to rise above situations. What about countries that have worse situations. What will they do? Does dying really solve the problem? But if you commit suicide you're going to hell!”