Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen on Attacking the enemy by blowing oneself up in a car

The following is copied from Usenet's soc.religion.islam, a moderated newsgroup for discussions about Islam.

K ayfa Nu'aalij Waaqi'unaa al-Aleem - Page 119
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen

Question: What is the ruling regarding acts of jihaad by means of
suicide, such as attaching explosives to a car and storming the enemy,
whereby he knows without a doubt that he shall die as a result of this

Response: Indeed, my opinion is that he is regarded as one who has
killed himself (committed suicide), and as a result he shall be punished
in Hell, for that which is authenticated on the authority of the Prophet
(sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).
    Indeed, whoever (intentionally) kills himself,
    then certainly he will be punished in the Fire
    of Hell, wherein he shall dwell forever,
       [Bukhaaree (5778) and Muslim (109 and 110)]].
However, one who is ignorant and does not know, and assumes his action
was good and pleasing to Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala), then we hope
Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) forgives him for that which he did out of
(ignorant) ijtihaad, even though I do not find any excuse for him in the
present day. This is because this type of suicide is well known and
widespread amongst the people, so it is upon the person to ask the
people of knowledge (scholars) regarding it, until the right guidance
for him is differentiated from the error.

And from that which is surprising, is that these people kill themselves
despite Allaah having fordbidden this, as He (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala)
   And do not kill yourselves. Surely,
   Allaah is Most Merciful to you},
      [Soorah an-Nisaa., Aayah 29].
And many amongst them do not desire anything except revenge of the
enemy, by whatever means, be it halaal or haraam. So they only want to
satisfy their thirst for revenge.

We ask Allaah to bless us with foresight in His Deen and action(s) which
please Him, indeed He is all Powerful over all things.