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Why Do Famous People Commit Suicide?

A few weeks ago, I picked up a book. This book, Subhan Allah, was absolutely amazing. The book is called “Famous People Who Committed Suicide”.

It’s about a list and stories of famous people who’ve committed suicide, people who come from all different parts of society: I was reading about writers, actors, actresses, musicians, politicians, religious people (not Muslims).

Their stories were different at the beginning, in the middle, but at the end, it was a same story ending for everybody. A story of actually taking away your own soul, killing yourself.

What they were doing, if we contemplate on this issue, is that they weren’t killing their bodies. That was, what was apparent to us, when we saw a person hanging, or throwing himself out of the window, or a person who put a gun inside of his mouth and shot himself.

The apparent thing that came out to us if we see pictures of these famous people, or heard their stories is that these people killed their bodies. But in reality what they were trying to kill inside of themselves was not their bodies. It was their souls.

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Scholars say that a human being is made of three main components:

1- The body

2- The mind

3- The soul

Every single person has this longing to feed and fulfill the desires of these three components, whether they’re good desires, or bad desires.

All of us fulfill the desires of the body and the two main desires of the body are as follows:

  • Food and drink
  • Intimate relationship between husband and wife

Now, the most important thing you need to feed the mind with is food. What kind of food? Knowledge. This is the type of food that comes for the mind.

And the soul is what these famous people were trying to kill inside of themselves. They’re trying to kill their soul because it was hungry and they couldn’t feed it.

Feeding the soul is through the obedience of Allah, through reciting, memorizing, contemplating on the meaning of the Quran, and in the remembrance of Allah, and any act of obedience of Allah.

The unbelievers say: Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord? Say ‘verily Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides unto Himself those who turn to Him in repentance.

Those who believe and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. Those who have believed and done righteous deeds, a good state is theirs and a good return. (Quran 13: 27-29)