Jihad And Martyrdom Without Fighting

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Abu Hurairah (Radhiallahu anhu) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Whom do you reckon to be martyr amongst you?”

The Companions replied: “The one who is killed in Allah’s way.”

He (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “In that case, the martyrs among my people would be few.”

The Companions asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Then who are the martyrs?”

He (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “He who is killed in the way of Allah is a martyr; he who dies naturally in the Cause of Allah is a martyr; he who dies of plague is a martyr; and he who dies of a belly disease is a martyr; and he who is drowned is a martyr.”

[Muslim]

This Hadith shows the care Allah has for this Ummah, which is the best Ummah of mankind. (Editor’s Note)

Commentary:
“He who dies naturally in the Cause of Allah”, here signifies such a person who does not die because of his being killed in the war by sword, lance, bullet, etc., but meets the death on account of some other causes while going for Jihad such as falling from the horse, or who dies while defending his family or property, or defending other Muslims against attackers or robbers, etc. Such a person will also be a martyr.

Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No : 1354

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