Look at Gaza and its martyrs through the lens of the Qur’an for a moment. After the Battle of Badr, the following verse was revealed: “And say not of those slain in God's way: 'They are dead'; instead they are living; but you are not aware.” Allah follows this verse with a prophecy that something grave is about to happen, “Surely We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and diminution of goods and lives; yet give good tidings to the patient” [Surat al-Baqarah,154-5].
Right now, the people of Gaza fit every one of these descriptions. They are being tested with fear, hunger, thirst, and loss of property. They are being tested with their lives.
But we also know the descriptions of their reward. The Prophet ﷺ said that Allah, Most High, presented the martyrs of the Battle of Uhud to Himself.
Their souls were in the bodies of green birds hanging from chandeliers from the Throne of the Merciful, flying around, drinking, and eating from the riverbanks of Paradise. Allah gave them whatever they wanted.
And what did they want? Remember the man calling his people to Islam and faith in Surat Ya-Sin? He was killed, and upon entering Paradise, he said, “If only my people knew!” [Surat Ya-Sin, 26]. Gazzan martyrs are in joy with what Allah has bestowed upon them, waiting for us to join them.
We are learning right now the reality of this life in real-time. Allah is teaching us lessons about life and the material world in real-time. We must process that in terms of knowledge and certainty. The Prophet ﷺ had something that we didn't have. He could see beyond the mutilated bodies of his cousins Jaʿfar al-Tayyar and Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib. He saw them with one eye as bloodied, dead bodies; with the other, he saw them in Paradise.