Definitions

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  • n. An Islamic or Sikh martyr, one who has died fulfilling a religious commandment and is thus promised a place in Paradise.

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  • n. Arabic term for holy martyrs; applied by Palestinians to suicide bombers

Etymologies

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From Arabic شهيد shaheed, literally "witness".

Examples

  • Karzai used the word shaheed to mitigate the people's anger and bring the situation under control.

    Bill Totten's Weblog

  • The closest Sanskritised refrain used for the more widely popular 'shaheed' of Arabic / Persian origin is bali, bhent, aahuti, all meaning an offering, including of life.

    Bloggers.Pakistan

  • Foot soldiers show little fear of death and the group's ideology conveys great respect on what it calls "shaheed" or martyrs, who die for the cause.

    Independent.ie - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • The murders to be judicially probed include that of former provincial governor and nationalist leader Akbar Bugti, who was killed in a cave hideout in a 2006 military operation and was described in the package document as a 'shaheed' (martyr).

    The Agonist - thoughtful, global, timely

  • The "shaheed" (martyr) is still the role model in the

    IMRA Middle East News Updates

  • Being too ignorant of Allah, Andrew was not shaheed, and yet his cause was just and righteous, and I knew then that some of them may hear the Word of Allah, and be thereby saved.

    The Parable of the Spider

  • Both thought they would be killed in the process and become shaheed, or martyrs.

    Nomad

  • Her death elevated her status and she was declared shaheed, a martyr for all that was good in Afghanistan.

    Lipstick in Afghanistan

  • The dead haji all wore black headbands, the mark of shaheed, of martyrs.

    The Whisperers

  • That produced our 'language martyrs' or 'language shaheed', the latter a curiously Muslim word used to denote those who die for Islam.

    The Logos of Bangladesh

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