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Re: The real face of "Shaheed" Benazir
By:Dr Shabbir
Date: Saturday, 24 April 2010, 11:20 am

Respected Sister Helen,

Allow me to have the honor of answering your question before Rumi :-)

There is a very subtle difference between 'Shaheed' & 'Shahid'. Both of them derive from SH-H-D = Carrying or procuring evidence = Witnessing = Testifying = Being visible = Being present = To be seen (vs Unseen - Ghayib).

'Shahid' and 'Shaheed' both mean a WITNESS. The word SHAHEED has not been used in the Qur'an for a martyr.

MAQTOOLEEN FI SABEELILLAH (Those who lay their lives in the Way of Allah) is the term used in the Qur'an for martyrs. [Singular will be MAQTOOL FI SABEELILLAH (a martyr), but I do not recall this form used in the Qur'an.]

So, SHAHID = Witness.
SHAHEED = Witness = SHAHID in an intense form = Someone who confirms his/her IMAN by giving one's life in the Way of Allah.

The word SHAHEED is very commonly used for a martyr in Hadith, FIQH (Islamic jurisprudence) and in common lingo, but not in the Qur'an.

The above post (very loosely) calls Benazir a 'Shaheed' or martyr. Who can say that she died in the Cause of Allah?

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The real face of "Shaheed" Benazir
KI Bajwa -- Thursday, 22 April 2010, 9:55 pm
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Rumi -- Friday, 23 April 2010, 6:28 pm
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Helen -- Saturday, 24 April 2010, 9:44 am
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Dr Shabbir -- Saturday, 24 April 2010, 11:20 am
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Helen -- Saturday, 24 April 2010, 1:28 pm
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Rumi -- Saturday, 24 April 2010, 3:46 pm
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nasir -- Saturday, 24 April 2010, 8:27 pm
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Jawaid Ahmed -- Monday, 26 April 2010, 3:19 pm
To Rumi
Dr Shabbir -- Monday, 26 April 2010, 7:59 pm
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Rumi -- Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 8:01 am
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M.Rafi -- Saturday, 24 April 2010, 12:25 pm