On Sunday, 13 May 2012 we received the shocking and sad news of the martyrdom of Mufassir-e-Qur'an Mawlana Muhammad Aslam Sheikhupuri . In light of this latest martyrdom of an 'alim [particularly from Pakistan] I would like to compile a list of 'ulama from the recent past who have taken this honourable route whilst in the service of the din.
The first avenue to compile this list is to research on Sunniforum on the accounts, reports and news to the martyrdom of these 'ulama. I request readers to submit names along with further information [incl. a brief biography if possible].
The actual aim of this list is as our brother Maripat mentioned to know of the gravity of the situation which we find ourselves in, and that is the constant loss of 'ulama on the path of martyrdom. Also, to pay tribute and keep the legacy of the martyred 'ulama alive, for the death of an 'alim is the death of mankind.
وَلَا تَقُولُواْ لِمَن يُقۡتَلُ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ أَمۡوَٲتُۢ*ۚ بَلۡ أَحۡيَآءٌ۬ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشۡعُرُونَ
Do not say of those who are slain in the way of Allah that they are dead. Instead, they are alive, but you do not perceive. (al-Qur'an, 2/154)
وَلَا تَحۡسَبَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ قُتِلُواْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ أَمۡوَٲتَۢا*ۚ بَلۡ أَحۡيَآءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمۡ يُرۡزَقُونَ فَرِحِينَ بِمَآ ءَاتَٮٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ مِن فَضۡلِهِۦ وَيَسۡتَبۡشِرُونَ بِٱلَّذِينَ لَمۡ يَلۡحَقُواْ بِہِم مِّنۡ خَلۡفِهِمۡ أَلَّا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡہِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُونَ
Never take those killed in the way of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, well-provided, Happy with what Allah has given them of His grace; and they feel pleased with the good news, about those left behind them who could not join them, that there shall be no fear for them nor shall they grieve. (al-Qur'an, 3/169-170)
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱشۡتَرَىٰ مِنَ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ أَنفُسَهُمۡ وَأَمۡوَٲلَهُم بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ ٱلۡجَنَّةَ*ۚ يُقَـٰتِلُونَ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ فَيَقۡتُلُونَ وَيُقۡتَلُونَ*ۖ وَعۡدًا عَلَيۡهِ حَقًّ۬ا فِى ٱلتَّوۡرَٮٰةِ وَٱلۡإِنجِيلِ وَٱلۡقُرۡءَانِ*ۚ وَمَنۡ أَوۡفَىٰ بِعَهۡدِهِۦ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ*ۚ فَٱسۡتَبۡشِرُواْ بِبَيۡعِكُمُ ٱلَّذِى بَايَعۡتُم بِهِۦ*ۚ وَذَٲلِكَ هُوَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ
Surely, Allah has bought their lives and their wealth from the believers, in exchange of (a promise) that Paradise shall be theirs. They fight in the way of Allah, and kill and are killed, on which there is a true promise (as made) in the Torah and the Injil and the Qur’an. And who can be more faithful to his covenant than Allah? So, rejoice in the deal you have made, and that is the great achievement. (al-Qur'an, 9/111)
- Mawlana Yusuf Ludhianwi
- 'Allamah 'Ali Sher Hayderi
- Mawlana Muhammad Aslam Sheikhupuri