The Status of Martyrs and the Sacrifice for the Sake of Nation

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “Do not say that those who are killed in Allah’s cause are dead; they are alive, though you do not realize it.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

The Egyptian people  is celebrating these days the memory of one of the greatest occasions in his history, a blessed day from The Almighty Allah, on which Allah has granted Egypt a victory and the restoration of its land and dignity. It is the memory of the victories of the Sixth of October, 1973 and the tenth of Ramadan 1393 A.H. It is a great battle in which the Egyptian armed forces recorded the highest example of gallantry and sacrifice. This day has manifested the true nature of the Egyptian soldier who firmly believes in Allah and trusts the victory from Allah; a soldier who is determined and willful in his work to achieve his goal.

When one’s goals are sublime, his purposes are honorable, and his objectives are noble, then the sacrifices that one makes must be great. There is nothing to sacrifice better than one’s own soul to get martyrdom for the sakeof Allah and to defent one’s faith, land, and country.

The status of martyrdom is a divine grant and gift from the Almighty Allah which He grants to His most beloved creation after Prophets. The Almighty Allah says, “Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger will be among those He has blessed: the Messengers, the truthful, those who bear witness to the truth, and the righteous- what excellent companions these are!” So, when Allah makes someone a martyr, this means that this person is beloved to Allah; what a great status!  The Glorious Quran referred to this saying, “And He [Allah] takes from you martyrs”. A martyr is the one who sacrifices himself in order to please his Lord and defend his homeland; he prefers the Afterlife to this world and defeats his own desires and lusts, and fights for the sake of his religion and the nation.

Let the martyrs be happy for this blessed status. They win the deal as the Almighty Allah says: “Allah has purchased the persons and possessions of the believers in return for the Garden- they fight in Allah’s way: they kill and are killed- this is a true promise given by Him in the Torah, the Gospel, and the Quran.” How profitable this deal that leads tp Paradise! It is reported that Umm Ar-Rubaiy’i Bint Al-Bara’, who was the mother of Harithah Ibn Suraqah, came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: “O Messenger of Allah! Will you not tell me about Harithah? (He was killed in the battle of Badr). If he is in Paradise I shall show endurance, but if he has met another fate, I may exert myself in weeping for him.” He (PBUH) replied, “O mother of Harithah, in the gardens of Paradise there are many ranks, and your son has attained Al-Firdaus, the highest.”

The true martyr is the one who is devoted to Allah and who sacrifices his soul to uphold the word of Allah and to defend his land and nation. Abu Musa narrated that man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and asked, “A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah’s Cause?” The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who fights that Allah’s Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior is the one fighting in Allah’s Cause.”

Also, the true martyr is the one who does not accept any disgrace, rejects humiliation, and resists anyone who tries to attack his properties. Abu Hurairah narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, what do you think if a man comes to me in order to appropriate my possession? He (PBUH) said: Do not surrender your possession to him. The inquirer said: If he fights me? He (the Prophet) remarked: Then fight (with him). He (the inquirer) again said: What do you think if I am killed? The Prophet observed: You would be a martyr.  The inquirer said: What do you think of him if I kill him? The Prophet said: he would be in the Fire.”

Also, the true martyr is:  He is the one who defends his land, his honor and his country. Defending one’s homeland and honor in the sight of the true Muslim is equal o defending one’s soul and property. Saeed Ibn Zayd said: the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who dies while defending his property is a martyr; he who dies in defence of his family is a martyr; and he who dies on defense of his faith is a martyr.”

Consequently, the meaning of martyrdom is associated with the sacrifice of one’s self for the sake of Allah in every situation in which it is necessary to defend the religion to uphold the word of the Almighty Allah, or to defend homeland against any aggression.  Loving one’s homeland is a part of faith. Happiness be to the martyrs of the eternal epic of passing of the Canal who sacrificed their blood to to save the land of Egypt, please Allah and to win His reward which He promised them. We ask the Almighty Allah to make us martyrs.

Martyrdom for the Sake of Allah has many fruits including that:  Allah told us that martyrs are alive in the Paradise saying: “[Prophet], do not think of those who have been killed in Allah’s way as dead. They are alive with their Lord, well provided for, happy with what Allah has given them of His favour; rejoicing that for those they have left behind who have yet to join them there is no fear, nor will they grieve; [rejoicing] in Allah’s blessing and favour, and that God will not let the reward of the believers be lost.”

Yes, they are alive, not dead; they are being supplied with provision from Allah, Most High; so they are always happy with the provision given to them from their Lord, and also feel happy with their brothers that will join them because they will face no sadness or grief; rather, great bounty and blessing from Allah.

Jaber Ibn ‘Abd Allah narrated, “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) met me and said to me: ‘O Jabir! Why do I see you upset?’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! My father was martyred (on the Day of Uhud) leaving my family and debt behind.'” “He (PBUH) said: ‘Shall I give you news of what your father met Allah with?'” He said: “But of course O Messenger of Allah!” He said: ‘Allah does not speak to anyone except from behind a veil, but He brought your father to speak to Him directly. He said: “[O My slave!] Do you wish that I give you anything?” He said: ‘O Lord! Give me life so that I may fight for You a second time.’ So the Lord [Blessed and Most High] said: ‘It has been decreed by Me that they shall not return (21:95).’ He said: “So this Ayah was revealed: Think not of those as dead who are killed in the way of Allah (3:169).”

The list of the martyrs’ ranks includes the following six traits recorded in the Hadith of Al-Meqdam ibn Ma‘ad Yakrib (Allah be pleased with him) who said, “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ‘The martyr has six things (in store) with Allah: He is forgiven from the first drop of his blood that is shed; he is shown his place in Paradise; he is spared the torment of the grave; he is kept safe from the Great Fright; he is adorned with a garment of faith; he is married to (wives) from among the wide-eyed houris; and he is permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”

Also, of the different kinds of dignity prepared for the martyrs is that the angels cover them with their wings. In this regard, Jaber ibn ‘Abd Allah narrated, “My father’s mutilated body was brought to the Prophet (PBUH) and was placed in front of him, I went to uncover his face but my companions forbade me. Then mourning cries of a lady were heard, and it was said that she was either the daughter or the sister of `Amr. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Why is she crying?” Or said, “Do not cry, for the angels are still shading him with their wings.”

The list further includes that the martyr will be among the first group ever to be admitted into the Paradise without being held for accountability or being punished. ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘As (Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, ‘On the Day of Judgment, Allah will order the Paradise to come with all its adornment and beauty, and will ten say, ‘Where are My slave who have been fought in my Cause, killed in My Cause, hurt in My Cause and striven in My Cause? Go to the Paradise, so they will be admitted into it with no accountability or punishment. The angels will then come and say, “O our Lord! We praise You day and night and glorify You; who are those whom You gave them precedence to us? Allah then replies, ‘Those are the ones who have been fought and hurt in My Cause, thus the angels will enter upon them from all the doors of the Paradise “”Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.”

The list also includes that the martyrs will have the best houses ever in the Paradise. Samurat Ibn Jundub (Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Last night two men came to me (in a dream) and made me ascend a tree and then admitted me into a better and superior house, better of which I have never seen. One of them said, ‘This house is the house of martyrs.”

For all of this, only martyrs are the ones who want to come back to life to be killed in the Cause of Allah again. Anas (Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah).”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; I bear witness that there is no god but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be him, his family and companions.

Muslim brothers,

Attainment of major goal and ultimate objectives in this life requires big sacrifices in return. Undauntedly, the more the goals and objectives are sublime, the more the sacrifices shall be rewarded in the best way ever, which is the case of he who sacrifices for his religion and home.

Our duty towards out beloved country and pure religion requires that we should exert our utmost, to cooperate with each other and to support each other to maintain its security, defend it and protect it from any enemy awaiting for causing harm to it; that we should be very watchful to deter he who even thinks of attacking our country; each according to his ability and in the frame of his work and duties.

How lucky we are to have those heroic soldiers who firmly fastened to the Rope of Allah, kept the promise they made to Him, Most High, and could take our beloved country- Egypt- towards construction and building. I therefore extend my sincere greetings to our brave Armed Forces on the Day of Glorious Victory.

We, on our part, have another role to play, that is, to take Egypt to the safe side of development, welfare, work and production to tell the entire world that those who demolished the Bar Lev Line and the enemies’ barrack on that Glorious Day have left behind their sons who are fully able to overcome all difficulties to maintain security, safety, development and welfare by the Permission of Allah. In this regard, we must unite behind our wise political leadership, our brave Armed Forces, our national police and all the establishments of the national country.

O Allah! Keep Egypt and its people safe! Make it in permanent peace and security!