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Shaheed

In Arabic etymology the word has three meanings: A faithful witnessA witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event ..., one of the 99 names of God, and a person dying for a cause, connoting bearing witnessA witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event ... in one’s flesh. There are in Islam Shuhada, people killed or tortured in the early days of Islam, but who do not have saintly status. With the development of anti-colonial struggles in Arab countries, anyone killed by colonial forces became a Shaheed, without religious connotations attached to the term. Indeed, Israel uses the word Shaheed to name its own war dead in official Arabic language broadcasts, and also on the memorials to its Arab collaborators.

Source: Regarding One's Pain: The 100 Shaheed-100 Lives Memorial exhibition by Adila Laïdi-Hanieh

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