Martyrs: Basic definition of

Q373 :Martyrs: Basic definition of

A373 : Martyrs are only those who are killed when they fight for Allah's cause with pure and total devotion. Such martyrs, as we learn, are alive, enjoying all the characteristics of life. They are "provided for" by their Lord, and they are jubilant at what Allah bestows on them of His bounty, and they rejoice at what they learn of the destiny of the believers they had left behind, and they are aware of the events that take place here in our world. All these are characteristics of the living: enjoyment, jubilation, being concerned, influencing events and being influenced. Why should anyone then grieve for parting with them when they are still alive and they have their ties with the living and with events? "Do not think of those who are killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Indeed, they are living in the presence of their Lord and are well provided for. Jubilant are they because of what Allah has bestowed on them of His bounty, and rejoicing at the happy news that those who have not joined them, but are left behind, shall have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve. They rejoice at the glad tiding of Allah's grace and bounty and that Allah will not allow the reward of the believers to be lost. "- The House of Imran, Aal Imran : 3; 169-

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