Shahid (name)

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Shahid
Gender Male
Language(s) Arabic
Origin
Meaning Martyr (شهيد) or Witness (شاهد)
Region of origin Middle East, South Asia
Other names
Alternative spelling Shaheed

Shahid or Shaheed (شاهد) is a Muslim theophoric name, from Ash-Shaheed (Arabic: الشهيد‎), one of the 99 names of God in the Qur'an.

As a male given name it is common among Muslims, being also one of the names given to Muhammad. It is the Arabic word شَهيد (šahīd) meaning both witness and martyr.

In India and Pakistan, the two meanings in Arabic have diverged with different pronunciations. Shāhid (from Arabic: شاهد‎) is a noun meaning "witness" in Urdu and Hindi,[1] whereas Shaheed (Shahīd, from شهيد) means "martyr".[2] In these countries, Shahid is commonly given as a name, whereas Shaheed is less so.

"Shaheed" is sometimes given after death as an honorific to Muslim and Sikh martyrs, e.g. the 18th century Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh and the Indian freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1907–1931).

People named Shahid or Shaheed[edit]

Famous people with the name Shahid include:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ John Platts, A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English, شاهد shāhid
  2. ^ John Platts, A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English, شہيد shahīd

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