Praise be to Allaah.
The scholars – mufassireen, fuqaha’ and others -- are
unanimously agreed that the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of
the meaning): “And spend in the Cause of Allaah (i.e. Jihad of all kinds)
and do not throw yourselves into destruction (by not spending your wealth in
the Cause of Allaah), and do good. Truly, Allaah loves Al-Muhsinoon
(the good-doers)” [al-Baqarah 2:195] was revealed in the
context of enjoining spending, and with regard to the reason for the
revelation of this verse it was narrated that some of the Sahaabah wanted to
focus on their farms and trade, and forsake jihad for the sake of Allaah,
and Allaah warned them against doing that in this verse.
Imam al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated from
Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he said
concerning this verse: It was revealed concerning spending (in the way of
Allaah). End quote. (al-Bukhaari, no. 4516).
Al-Tirmidhi (2972) narrated that Aslam Abu ‘Imraan said: We
were in the city of the Byzantines and there came out to us a large number
of Byzantines. One of the Muslim men charged at the Byzantine ranks until he
penetrated among them, and the people shouted and said: Subhaan Allaah! He
has thrown himself into destruction! Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari stood up and
said: O people, you are misinterpreting this verse. Rather this verse was
revealed concerning us Ansaar, when Allaah granted victory to Islam and the
number of its supporters increased. We said to one another in private, and
not to the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him):
Our wealth and property have diminished. Allaah has granted victory to Islam
and the number of its supporters has increased. We should focus on our
wealth and property and try to take care of them. Then Allaah revealed to
His Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) a verse which
refuted what we said: “And spend in the Cause of Allaah (i.e. Jihad of
all kinds) and do not throw yourselves into destruction (by not spending
your wealth in the Cause of Allaah)”. So destruction here referred to
focusing on wealth and property, and abandoning jihad. Abu Ayyoob continued
to strive in jihad for the sake of Allaah until he was buried in
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah,
Despite that, the scholars -- both earlier and later -- also
quoted this verse as evidence to show that it is forbidden to kill oneself
or harm oneself or throw oneself into destruction by any means, based on the
general meaning of the words of the verse and by analogy, and they affirmed
the basic usooli principle which says: what counts is the general meaning of
the words, not the specific reason for revelation.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
As for restricting it to that -- meaning restricting the
verse to the matter of not spending for the sake of Allaah -- that is
subject to further discussion, because what counts is the general meaning of
the wording. End quote.
Fath al-Baari, 8/185
Al-Shawkaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
i.e., do not do that which will bring about your destruction.
The salaf had a number of opinions concerning the meaning of the verse. The
truth is that what matters is the general meaning of the wording not the
specific reason for revelation. Everything that may be called destruction in
religious or worldly terms is included in that. This is the view of Ibn
Jareer al-Tabari. End quote.
Fath al-Qadeer, 1/193
This is also indicated by the various interpretations that
the salaf gave for this verse. It was narrated from al-Bara’ ibn ‘Aazib (may
Allaah be pleased with him) that he regarded the one who committed a sin
then despaired of the mercy of Allaah as throwing himself into destruction.
Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (8/33): It was
narrated by Ibn Jareer and Ibn al-Mundhir with a saheeh isnaad.
Thus it becomes clear that the two answers previously given
on our website do not contradict one another. What is mentioned in question
number 46807 explains the
reason for the revelation of this verse and the context in which it was
The answer to question number
21589 is quoting as evidence
the general meaning of the wording of the verse, and explaining that it is
not permissible to throw oneself into destruction in any sense, whatever the
form of this destruction or harm.
And Allaah knows best.