KASHMIR has witnessed many suicides in the past week. While our heart aches for the departed souls, many are indulging in unnecessary and insensitive shaming of the suicide victims. It is true that suicide has to be discouraged and as muslims it is to be avoided at all costs. However, in talking about suicides our focus should be on helping people rather than shaming them. What good does it bring to you or the dead if you shame them in their departure as well?
Yes, it is unfortunate. However, if you’re truly so abhorred by the act, why not actually constructively create a dialogue around mental health issues. Instead of shaming people for lack of imaan, why not find a way to bring Islamic lense of mental health teachings to our society?
We need to realise that more the circumstances driving one to suicide, it is mostly mental health issues that encourage people to take to such extremes. The need of the hour is to educate people about mental health issues, use religious knowledge to bring awareness around psychology, health, well being and try to raise issues of systemic discrimination that might be pushing people to the edge.
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