Why did Azzouz Boutobba commit Suicide in Masjid al-Haram?

On the 24th of Ramadan in 2018, a French national Azzouz Boutobba committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of Mataaf in Masjid-al-Haram which resulted in his immediate death. The incident took place at 9:20 pm on Friday night.

It is evident from the viral video given at the end of this page that the man committed suicide and there was no criminal activity involved. However, authorities have been investigating the case before reaching any ultimate solution.

Who was Azzouz Boutobba?

There have been a lot of speculations about the identity of the man who committed suicide. Many news agencies claimed that the guy was a Pakistani as he was wearing a traditional Pakistani dress called Shalwar Qameez but all of them proved wrong.


The guy who committed suicide in Masjid al-Haram is identified as a French national.

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When did Azzouz Boutobba Enter Saudi Arabia?

AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA entered Saudi Arabia on Sunday 3rd of June 2018. Just 5 days before he died.

However, it has been evident from the government records that he was scheduled to come to Saudi Arabia on the 15th of June and he had booked hotels in Makkah and Madina for 5 days only. He entered Saudi Arabia from Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport, Madina.

Where was he going to stay in Makkah and Madina?

AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA was going to stay in Madina only for one day on the 15th of June 2018. He had booked a place with the name of “Manazil al-Darra”.

AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA was going to stay in Makkah only for 4 days from 16th of June 2018 till 19th of June. He had booked a Hotel with the name of “Anan Al Aziziah Hotel”.

Suicide is Haram in Islam

The reason he committed suicide has been disclosed now. Keep in mind, suicide is Haram in Islam and whoever does it will face Allah’s curse on the day of Judgement. May Allah forgive him for the mistake he has committed.

He met Imam of Masjid al-Haram

In the latest video taken by security cameras of Masjid al-Haram, it is evident that AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA met with the Imam of Masjid al-Haram moments before the suicide.

As you can see in the video that the Imam is either going to lead Salah or just finished it.

Why did he commit Suicide in Masjid al-Haram?  

AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA was “majnoun” (abnormal or mentally ill). However, he was diligent in praying at the mosque and he wanted to perform Umrah during the last 10 nights of Ramadan.

Unfortunately, his situation became worse when he arrived in Saudi Arabia, he even stayed for 2 days at the hospital. He had hallucinations, he didn’t have his full mental abilities when he committed suicide, he isn’t responsible for what he did.

The fence around the Roof

After this incident, the fence around the roof of the Holy Kaaba has been raised so that no one else can even try to repeat this kind of act which shows that the Saudi government is quite vigilant in the security of pilgrims. Just after his death, another suicide was reported in Makkah.

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Other Details of Azzouz Boutobba

  • It has been identified that the man who committed suicide was named “AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA”.
  • He was married and left behind him a 24 years old pregnant wife and two kids. May Allah have mercy upon him, grant him Al Firdaws.
  • The age of AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA was only 26 years as his date of birth was also June 08, 1992. He committed suicide on his date of birth.
  • The passport number of AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA  was “18AF93802”
  • The visa duration of AZZOUZ BOUTOBBA was 30 days and it was Umrah Visa.

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