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Can all persons dying in an epidemic be exhalted irrespective of their deeds?

Q:

Assalam O Alaikum.
It is being widely circulated that a Muslim who dies in Corona epidemic is a Shaheed (martyr).
a. Is this true?
b. What is the source of this interpretation (Quran, sahee hadith, zaeef hadeeth, qauls of imams etc)
c. If true, what is the wisdom behind this? Can all persons dying in an epidemic be exhalted irrespective of their deeds?
d. What about non Muslims (athiests, idolators, ahle kitab etc), as they r facing similar hardships while loosing their life in a edidemic, so will they be pardoned by Allah being equal to shaheed.
Regards

A:

Waalykum salam

Thank you for your Question

No, it isn’t true. Any person dying out of the epidemic isn’t counted as martyr.
But frontline Medical personnel and staff who have been working selflessly to provide service to humanity Maybe counted as Marty’s. (More so because they have taken all the necessary precautions to keep this diseases away from themselves but somehow got it while treating others)

May Allah remove this trial ASAP and unite these medical personnel with their families and loved ones.

Naajiya Jaffery