CHRISTIAN SUICIDE BOMBERS?
Here I will be discussing the position of the Islamic and Christian texts themselves on suicide and suicide bombing, and not the actions of the followers of these religions who could be misguided. Suicide
In Islam, suicide is strictly forbidden. “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.” (An-Nisaa 4:29-30).
and the hadith:“There was among those who were before you, a man who had a wound. The man could not bear the pain of that wound, so he took a knife and cut his hand with it and as a result, bled to death. Allaah then said: “My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly and for this, I have made Paradise forbidden for him.” (Al-Bukhaaree).
and many more...
and suicide is even forbidden in the context of Jihad:
In one of the battles that the Prophet and his followers fought, the prophet pointed at a Muslim who was fighting the enemies of Islam and said, "Whoever wishes to see one of the dwellers of Hell, should look at that man". So one of the Muslims decided to observe him to see why he would go to hell even though he was fighting in war against the enemies of Islam. He then returned to the Prophet and said, "I swear that you are the messenger of Allah!" and when the Prophet asked him why he made this comment, he said that he followed that man in battle as he fought against the enemies of Islam, until he was dealt a fatal injury. The man was in so much pain that he could not bear to wait until death took him, and he killed himself with his sword. Sirat-un-Nabi; Bukhari
Thus, suicide in any form and for whatever purpose is completely forbidden in Islam, but the Christian texts do not condemn it. Job, in the Bible, asks God to kill him because of all of his pain and suffering, whereas in the Islamic version of the story Job is patient and keeps thanking God continuosly, despite his unbearable pains. Saul, in the Christian texts, chooses to die by his sword rather than be caught by the Philistines, and the hero Razis does the same when fearing being caught by the wicked. In the Qur'an, Jonah was forced to jump off the ship whereas in the Christian texts he begs the mariner to throw him off so that he may die. Suicide Bombing
As you can see above, the Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet re-tell the stories of many biblical prophets and personalities, giving a different account of what happaned. But one biblical hero who is completely left out of the Qur'an is Samson, Israel's "little sun".
According to the Bible, God sent an angel to Samson's mother, telling her that she will have a very special son and that she should not cut his hair (as his hair will give him incredible power). Samson became so strong that he once killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey! (I wonder if they were all soldiers or if they included women and children). He was also one of the Judges of Israel for 20 years.
When Samson was finally caught by the Philistines, they gouged out his eyes. He was later placed between the two main pillars of a temple during a great celebration. He asked God to give him strength one more time, so that he may pay back the Philistines for the loss of one of his eyes, and asked God that he may die with the Philistines. He pushed against the pillars and brought down the temple, killing more civilian Philistines than all the people he had killed in his entire lifetime! 
So this judge of Israel, this special "sun" of Israel whom God wanted to grow up this strong, killed thousands and thousands of innnocent Philistines to pay back for the loss of one eye! And he wanted to go down with them in the process. So if the followers of every religion were actually following the spirit of their religion, we would have Christian and Jewish suicide bombers instead of Muslim suicide bombers!
In fact, suicide bombing is considered unlawful in Islam because of two reasons:
1) It kills non-combatant civilians
2) It involves suicide.
Suicide bombing was only accepted when one of the founders of the Palestinian group Fateh, Khalil El Wazir, told the people that it is acceptable and that those who died in suicide bombings are martyrs and will go to heaven. Khalil El Wazir became known as Abu Jihad.
But since then, many Islamic scholars have denounced suicide bombings as completely unacceptable. But of course such voices are not heard because they dont make interesting news. See for example the fatwa of the famous Salafi scholar al-Albani declaring suicide bombing unlawful
. According to him, they will either cause those who do them to reside eternally or temporarily in Hell. He also says that killing Jewish civilians by suicide bombing has no benefit and is harmful to the Islamic call.
More recently, 500 British Muslim religious leaders issued a fatwa saying that suicide bombings are "vehemently prohibited"
. They continued, "Islam's position is clear and unequivocal: murder of one soul is the murder of the whole of humanity; he who shows no respect for human life is an enemy of humanity.
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdallah Al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia has also issued a fatwa against suicide bombings. There are on the other hand, one must admit, some Arab Islamic authorities who are afraid to speak up against suicide bombing because of all the passion that Arabs have toward the Palestinian cause. Other scholars, like the Shaikh of al-Azhar in Cairo Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, said that suicide bombings against civilians are unacceptable but against fighters they are ok because they are not really suicide, but are "a sort of martyrdom" and in "self defence". He can say whatever he wants but suicide bombing still involves suicide, and they are not the only option.
There is a complete refutation of suicide bombings as Islamic in this pdf file.
How strange it is then, that many misguided Muslims think suicide bombing is acceptable, whereas it is the Bible that shows Samson as a great hero!
* This post was inspired by the quote, "Suicide bombing is so foreign to the Quranic ethos that the Prophet Samson is entirely absent from our scriptures" in the article "Recapturing Islam from the Terrorists "
, by Abdul Hakim Murad.
1. The Origins of Suicidal Terrorism
2. The word samson means "little sun".
3. Biblical people: Samson
4. Thomas, Gordon. Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad".