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Sayyid Qutb's definition of 'Shaheed' (martyr)

"Shaheed is the person who bears witness that Allah's law is more precious to him than his own life."

Sayyid Qutb said the above line to an officer who asked him about the meaning of Shaheed during his 'trial' in 1966, a trial that was fabricated to justify killing him. It was denounced by lawyers and human rights organizations all over the world.*

It is said that he said "Alhamdulillah" and smiled when he was read his death sentence.

Sayyid Qutb made a mistake that cost the Muslim Ummah dearly. He was killed quickly after it and thus he didn't come to see its results (or he'd have corrected it probably). I'll write about it in a future post inshAllah.

*As mentioned in his biography, Sayyid Qutb from Birth to Martyrdom, by Dr. Salah Abdul Fattah AlKhalidi.