In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb answers a question that he has been receiving over and over. Is someone lost to a pandemic virus-like COVID-19 will be considered a Shahīd - martyr-?
With the spread of a killer virus all over the world, and with health institutes stating that almost 70% of the people on earth are going to be infected and some of them might be at the risk of losing their lives, people start to worry about their destiny. They do not just worry about their destiny in this life, but they also worry about what will happen in the afterlife! Will they be considered at the same rank as a “Shahīd”? Will they go to heaven? Or they will be just like everybody else who loses their lives in normal days.
In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb answers a question that he has been receiving over and over. Is someone lost to a pandemic virus-like COVID-19 will be considered a Shahīd - martyr-? And he takes us through the steps of answering using the causes of Sharīa and how there are some things that are not found explicitly in Sharīa with their exact names but are present with their description, outcomes, or symptoms. And he goes on with explaining the way they interpret the cases that do not have a text. In Islam, there are three types of “Shahīd.” Let’s watch the video to know who they are and the answer to the question.
Keywords: Shahada, martyr, Shahīd, illness, pandemics