Many are those who have not attained martyrdom by being slain but are perpetually slain by the sword of giving up their base desires.
Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Raheemahullah) has written in the commentary of Surah Baqarah that those who do not act upon their lewd and base desires, those who cast them underfoot and trample them will, in the court of Allah Ta’ala, be invested with the rank of martyrdom. Their martyrdom is confined to the heart. They have shed the blood of their desires which is not witnessed by the world. Their recompense on the Day of Resurrection will be a magnificent marvel.
My wounded heart will become a brilliantly shining sun,
Though tons of soil be flung upon it.
Some will fill their graves with tons of soil, but the wounds that the hearts of the Ahlullah were afflicted with due to pleasing their Lord will emit a brilliant radiance similar to the sun.
From “Tajalliat-e-Jazb” by Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar (Raheemahullah)