Martyrdom for Victim of Car Accident | The Permanent Committee

Q: Some people say: “Whoever dies in a car accident is a martyr and will receive the same reward as a martyr.” Is this saying valid? A: We hope for him to receive the same reward as a martyr. A person who dies in a car accident is similar to a person who dies from a building falling over him. It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) considered such a person to be a martyr.1 May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions. The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ Members: Abdullah ibn Qaud, Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan Deputy Chairman: Abdul-Razzaq Afify Chairman: Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz Source: http://www.alifta.net/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?languagename=en&View=Page&PageID=2924&PageNo=1&BookID=7
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[1]عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “الشُّهَدَاءُ خَمْسَةٌ الْمَطْعُونُ، وَالْمَبْطُونُ، وَالْغَرِقُ وَصَاحِبُ الْهَدْمِ، وَالشَّهِيدُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ‏”

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Five are regarded as martyrs: They are those who die because of plague, Abdominal disease, drowning or a falling building (or wall), and the martyrs in Allah’s Cause.” Sahih al-Bukhari 2829