Is a traveller who passes away considered to be a Shaheed

Fatwa ID: 01942

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

I would like to be explained if a Muslim dies in a state of being a Musafir (Traveller) is he/she a Shaheed (Martyr? If yes does he/ she given the same treatment as any other shaheeds on the day of judgement. If not what Allah has promised for them?

Answer:

Bismillah

A person passing away whilst travelling would not be considered a Shaheed, unless one was hit by a car or whose car turns over and causes his death takes the same ruling as the person who dies beneath a collapsed structure.  

However, such a Shaheed will be treated as a Shaheed Hukmi. He or she will be given a Ghusl and be given a Sunnah Kafan after which the Janaza Salah will be performed. (Raddul Muhtar p.672 v.1)

It is narrated by Saaiduna Jaabir ibn ‘Ateek raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) that the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said that besides martyrdom for the sake of Allah, there are seven other types of martyrs: the victim of plague, the person who drowns, the victim of pleurisy, the victim of an abdominal ailment, the person who is burned, the person who dies beneath a collapsed structure and the woman who dies while giving birth. (Muwatta Maalik, Sunan Abu Dawood & Sunan Nasai)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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