Posts Tagged ‘Arab Christians’

Four Martyred or Shaheed Burmese Muslim Saints (in Burmese)

March 16, 2010

Shahid (Arabic: شَهيد ‎ šahīd, plural: شُهَداء šuhadā’, also romanized as shaheed) is an Arabic word meaning “witness”. It is a religious term in Islam, meaning “witness”, as stated, but most often “martyr.” It is used as a title for Muslims who have died fulfilling a religious commandment, or waging war for Islam. (Wikipedia)

The shahid is considered one whose place in Paradise is promised according to these verses in the Qur’an:

A woman is considered “shaheeda” (شهيدة) if she died during fulfillment of a religious commandment, but there is an argument among the Muslim sages as to whether a woman can participate in a war for religion. (Citation needed) There are examples of women fighting in war such as Nusaybah.