Kesler, Muhammed Fatih
June 2004
Ekev Academic Review;Summer2004, Vol. 8 Issue 20, p89
Academic Journal
To be a good servant of God is an earnest matter, which requires sincerity and great selfsacrifice. The slightest laxity in this subject can cause a major landslide at the end. The story of Adam (p.b.u.h.) in the paradise is a clear example. Submitting to the deceit of Satan, he lost immortality and the splendour of paradise, bestowed upon him by God. However he regretted the offence he had commited and immediately turned to God in repentance. The Almighty has accepted his repentance. The mankind has been subjected to the sincerity test on the earth. In the end, perhaps he/she may regain the paradise and immortality. The adventure of human beings in this world has been constructed in the direction of achieving this aim. On the other hand, divine revelations have made attaining the paradise contingent on being a good servant of God. In this context, the divine will has placed the degree of martyrdom at the top of self-purification efforts. The martyr has a respectable position both in this world and in the hereafter. The martyr has been a symbol of active power for the establishment of tawhid. This article studies various aspects of the concept of martyr in Qur'an.


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