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perversion of the term "martyr"

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Submitted by Abu Nudnik (Canada), Feb 14, 2011 at 22:37

A martyr in civilized speech means someone who gives his life for others, not someone who takes life for his fellows, for example, in war. We call this a hero, not a martyr. The two seem to be one in Islam.

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