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Who is a Martyr?

Shaheed  (Martyr) – the term all the Muslims are and should be familiar with because attaining martyrdom is indeed a great blessing a Muslim can attain. Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: The martyr (shaheed)  has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn; and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”
Kashmir is a conflict zone. Deaths and mourning followed by deaths and mourning are a daily occurrence, and the term shaheed comes up in day to day conversations of the inhabitants of Kashmir.
However a Muslim has to be careful, especially when it comes to issues related to Islam. Bloodshed being the order of the day and losing the beloved ones in the turmoil can somewhat delude a human being to say what s/he is not entitled to say. But then, the ultimate submission to Allaah and His decree is what is expected of a Muslim.
Who is a shaheed and who is not can only be decided by Allaah. Muslims are in no position to give shahaadah (martyrdom) and the title of shaheed to anybody. Anybody. This is because the meaning of shaheed is that you are ruling for him Paradise, and you would not want to make the ruling upon him of Paradise because ruling out who enters Paradise is not for us, so one does not make the ruling of Paradise for anyone except for one whom Allaah has ruled Paradise for, or Allaahs Messenger (Peace be upon Him) has ruled Paradise for.
We can hope, wish and pray that may Allaah grant so and so shahaadah. But that is only a hope not a verdict because Muslims are not given authority to decide and pass judgments on behalf of Almighty Allaah. We cannot testify for anyone; rather we say in general terms that the one who is killed for the sake of Allaah is a martyr.
Somebody might argue that how can parents control their emotions when they see their beloved child dead in their lap and that, then, such titles are given out of emotions. Indeed it is a heartbreaking scene to even imagine but let us ponder on the behaviour of the beloved of The Lord of the heavens and the earth. What did he (Peace be upon Him) do when his child breathed his last in his presence?
Anas b. Malik reported that the eyes of Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon Him) shed tears and he said: Ibrahim, our eyes shed tears and our hearts are filled with grief, but we do not say anything except that by which Allah is pleased. O Ibrahim, we are grieved for you. Sahih Muslim
We as the followers of the merciful Messenger (Peace be upon Him) have to follow his footsteps and say only what pleases our Lord, without letting our emotions get in our way.