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Death from Speeding: Is It Halal or Haram?


Overspeeding on the roads jeopardizes not only the safety of drivers but also the passengers and pedestrians.

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As this act puts lives at severe risk this has been considered unacceptable in Islam. Recently, a fatwa was issued, stating that death resulting from speeding is akin to suicide.

This verdict emphasizes the importance of preserving life and preventing harm, principles deeply rooted in Islamic teachings.

This article examines the evidence behind the fatwa, highlighting the gravity of overspeeding and the need for responsible driving to protect ourselves and others on the road.

Verdict

Death due to overspeeding is considered as Suicide in Islam which is the conscious and intentional act that leads one to end his life.

Speeding is one of the dangerous acts which put the life of an individual in danger. Speeding can result in severe injury or even death. Accident and death due to overspeeding is considered suicide. Ulemas have condemned the act of overspeeding keeping in view its adverse effects.

Evidence

Islam emphasizes the preservation of life and the prevention of harm. Speeding violates this principle as it can lead to serious accidents, injuries, and even death. Ulemas strongly object to this reckless behavior, considering the driver’s negligence.

The College of Fatwas of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan has announced a fatwa on the observance of the Rules of the Road, in which they stated from the point of view of religion, a driver who died as a result of exceeding the permitted speed will be considered a person who committed suicide.

Even in the unfortunate event of speeding death while transporting the wounded to the hospital, the intention of the person to do good and help the sick will still be rewarded by Allah. This situation is not considered suicide as one has no intention of taking his own life. The actions are motivated by a desire to save someone else’s life and thus they did not anticipate fatal consequences.

Bottom Line

Even If you are rushing an injured person to the hospital, be responsible and avoid reckless driving as you may endanger yourself or others and cause further complications.

The intention to help and save a life will be rewarded by Allah even if the outcome is miserable. May Allah give us the wisdom to act responsibly and protect ourselves and others from harm on the road. Ameen

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Haniya is a business graduate from York University and an Islamic Information news correspondent.

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