Suicide is haram; see e.g. Qur'an 4:29 (do not kill yourselves [or one another]) and What does Islam say about suicide? and Is suicide forbidden in the Qur'an?. However, while suicide is often pictured as a fairly short process, the reality may be blurrier:

  1. Try to kill oneself.
  2. Don't immediately succeed, but irreparably damage one's body.
  3. Subsequently die from the damage.

E.g. if someone drank poison, it may take hours to years before it resulted in the person's death.

When suicide is not immediate, it may be possible to sincerely repent to Allah before inevitably dying from suicide.

Question: Is it possible to repent from suicide?

While forgiveness is mentioned in the Qur'an Qur'an 39:53 (Indeed, Allah forgives all sins.), ahadith such as Sahih al-Bukhari 1363, 1364 (My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him) indicate a prolonged punishment for suicide.

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    For reference: hadith on suicide of a Muslim.
    – UmH
    Jan 7, 2018 at 3:50
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    @Uma, this hadith would be a good answer to the question as it shows the potential of repenting (or being otherwise forgiven) for suicide.
    – III-AK-III
    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:13
  • If a believer killed himself, then the doors of repentance is closed and this person cannot ask His forgiveness, this person my taste the sever punishment but after this, he can go to Heaven, but if a disbeliever killed himself with rejecting the Truth, then this person will go to Hell forever.
    – Alex A
    Jan 7, 2018 at 14:43
  • And if you just pretended that you want to kill yourself but you have not done this, it is better to seek God’s forgiveness for this.
    – Alex A
    Jan 7, 2018 at 14:43


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