Shahid (name)

Shahid (name)


Shahid or Shaheed is a a Muslim theophoric name, from Ash-Shaheed (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 (ISOtranslit|šahīd|ar) meaning both witness and martyr.

In India and Pakistan, the two meanings in Arabic have diverged with different pronunciations. Shāhid (SHA-hed) is a noun meaning "witness" in Urdu and Hindi, [John Platts, "A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English", [ شاهد shāhid] ] whereas Shaheed (Shahīd, sha-HEED) means "martyr". [John Platts, "A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English", [ شہيد shahīd] ] In these countries, Shahid is commonly given as a name, whereas Shaheed is less so.

Notable people named Shahid or Shaheed

Famous people with this name include:

*Shahid Afridi (born 1980), Pakistani cricketer
*Shahid Kapoor (born 1981), Bollywood actor
*Shaheed Latif (1913-1967), Indian film producer
*Shahid (actor), Pakistani actor active from 1971 to 1998


ee also

*Shahid (disambiguation page)
*Shaheed (disambiguation page)

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