Suicide

The mysteries of man's physical death and of his return have not been divulged, and still remain unread. By the righteousness of God! Were they to be revealed . . . others would be so filled with gladness as to wish for death, and beseech, with unceasing longing, the one true God -- exalted be His glory -- to hasten their end.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 344-345

Thus it is seen that some, under extreme pressure of anguish, have committed suicide. As to him rest assured; he will be immersed in the ocean of pardon and forgiveness and will become the recipient of bounty and favor.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 378-379

A Bahá’í is certainly free to pray for those who have passed on regardless of the cause of their death, using the words of any of the prayers of his choice which have been revealed through the bounty of God. The manner in which the Supreme Being, in His justice as well in His mercy will deal with every individual soul is a mystery unknown to us on this earthly plane.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 203

It is too bad that young and promising men, who if they remain living can render great services to humanity, should take away their life at a moment of despair.

The world, especially in these days, is full of woes and sufferings. We should be brave and have a stout heart. Trials and tribulations should arouse in us added vigour and greater determination and not dampen our zeal and kill our spirit.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 203

Regarding the 'In Memoriam' section of 'Bahá’í News': although suicide is so strongly condemned in the teachings, it does not mean that a person has ceased to be a Bahá’í because he killed himself; he should, therefore, be mentioned, the same as other believers, in this section.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 203

The Universal House Of Justice has instructed us to share with you the following excerpt from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi by his secretary to a believer who asked about suicide. "'suicide is forbidden in the Cause. God Who is the Author of all life can alone take it away, and dispose of it the way he deems best. Whoever commits suicide endangers his soul, and will suffer spiritually as a result in the other worlds beyond.' "the House of Justice admonishes you to put all thought of suicide and death out of your mind and concentrate on prayer and effort to serve the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh.

Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 203