Shaykh Fawzan(rahimahullaah): Some people say these individuals are martyrs. SubhanaAllaah! The person who kills himself is a martyr?! The person who burns himself up is a martyr?! As for the person who kills himself, Allaah has threatened him with the Hell-fire. Allaah the Exalted said:
“And do not kill yourselves. Surely, Allaah is Most Merciful to you. And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and that is easy for Allaah.” (Soorah An-Nisā’ 4:29)
Is the person who kills his Muslim brother, and kills his Muslim sister, and the Muslim children; is this person a martyr?! This person is an aggressor, an oppressive transgressor. How can an oppressive, transgressing aggressor be a martyr?!
A man came to the Messenger of Allaah(may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):
“O Messenger of Allaah, what should I do if a man comes wanting to take my wealth? He replied: Don’t give him your wealth. He said: What if he kills me? He replied: You will be a martyr. He said: What if I kill him? He replied: He will be in the fire. (Muslim 140)
He will be in the Hell-fire. The person who oppresses the Muslims, kills them, and violates them; if this person is killed he will be in the fire. How can he be a martyr while he is the Hell-fire?
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth