The Life Of A Martyr

Question

Are martyrs dead or alive?


Answer

The view that martyrs are alive is based on the evidences from the Holy Qur'an. Surah al-Baqarah (2) reads:

وَلاَ تَقُولُوْا لِمَنْ يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبيلِ اللّهِ أَمْوَاتٌ بَلْ أَحْيَاء وَلَكِن لاَّ تَشْعُرُونَ (154:2)

And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah. "They are dead." Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not. (Q 2:154)

Similarly, a verse from Surah 'Āl 'Imrān reads as follows:

وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوْا فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ أَمْوَاتًا بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ (169:3)

Think not of those who are slain in Allah.s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord. (Q 3:169)

The verse in Surah Baqarah explicates that we cannot perceive the reality of that life. It clearly shows that their life is different from that of ours. We cannot grasp the essence and form of their life comparing it with our everyday life.

(Translated into English by Abid Mahmood)

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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