Lesson Fifty Four: Martyrdom and Purity
The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
إذا مُتَّ عَلَى طَهارَة تَكُونُ شَهِيْداً
When you pass away in purity, you shall be ranged with the martyrs.1
The above tradition refers to part of instructions of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) to one of his companions saying: ‘if you can, perform ritual ablution day and night, because if you die in this condition, you shall be considered a martyr’.
Besides the literal meaning which refers to performing ritual ablution, it refers to a more important aspect: living and dying with purity and innocence. The chaste ones, with guiltless hearts and minds that are free from dishonesty and vanity, who live a pure life and leave the world in this condition, surely will be ranged with martyrs because martyrdom is not limited to being killed in the battle field. There are also other such sayings among the traditions from the pure household of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny)
- 1. Safinat’ul-Bihar, volume one, page 720