Sher on Shaheed
The idea of martyrdom
is associated with religious faith. As such, a martyr is one who sacrifices his life for common good and becomes an exemplary character for the following generations. In Urdu poetry, a martyr is also one who suffers in love and sacrifices himself for the beloved. You may appreciate here certain interesting shades of meaning that martyr and martyrdom put forward.
na intizār karo in kā ai azā-dāro
shahīd jaate haiñ jannat ko ghar nahīñ aate
na intizar karo in ka ai aza-daro
shahid jate hain jannat ko ghar nahin aate