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Suicide: How cheap life can be?


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A few days ago, we were visited at home by a volunteer worker, braving heavy snow just to deliver a pamphlet promoting help and support for anyone whom may have any suicidal thought.

In our short conversation, the volunteer informed us that based on the statistics; suicide happened more often during the Christmas holiday season when people whom suffered the loss of loved ones really feels the loss during this time of the year. Often those whom are surviving the holiday season in solitude tend to be more depressed in the cold winter holidays.

In my short, less than a year stay in this part of the world, I have been hearing about suicide all too often. There are cases of teenagers whom committed suicide due to cyber bullying in the social media, there are cases of victims of sexual harassment whom took their own live. And very recently there are 4 cases of suicides in less than 2 weeks among the soldiers whom have recently returned from their tour of duty in Afghanistan. Those suicides prompted widespread media coverage on the lack of support available to the war veterans who is facing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD.

On another note, Quebec National Assembly recently tabled a new bill being labelled as “Dying with Dignity Bill” to legalise euthanasia or medical-assisted suicide for those terminally ill patient who choose to end their sufferings.

One might wonder why on earth, especially in a developed country like Canada, there are people who had chosen death over life. After all, this is not a country ravaged with wars or affected by drought or famine and relatively speaking is very safe and has plenty of support given to its people.

This is a country that ensures the workers at any level can earn a decent pay for any job that they do, with the minimum wages are in place. This is the country where people whom loss their job are entitled to almost 70% of their usual pay by claiming their Employment Insurance. The system is described according to their website as “Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills. Canadians who are sick, pregnant, or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death or who must provide care or support to their critically ill or injured child may also be assisted by Employment Insurance.”

In this country, so much entitlement are given to be able to raise a family with long paid maternity and parental leave for about a year and yet not many people want to have children because of the way they value their life.

Up to this stage, one thing that I can conclude from my observation is that it boils down to the value a person gives to his or her life, the meaning of life itself. If to live is just for the sake of living with no other consequence, then you might as well choose to end your life when it is no more fun to live. If life is about enjoying then what is the need of living when it is no more enjoyable? After all, they say that this is your life and you should have the freedom to choose how you want to live it and by the same token, you should be able to choose how you want it to be ended.

This concept of life is very different when I look from a Muslim perspective. Our live is not simply ours. Our life does not simply belong to us. It is a trust, given to us for a specified time for a specific reason, where all our deeds will be accounted for and we will be answerable to whatever decision we have made, good or bad. This is a one single chance for us to live in the best manner that we can and there will be consequences, reward and punishment. There are specific rules that have been set and we need to obey, and ending your life is not an option.

Without this mission, why bother living?

Suicide Table 2001

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