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72 virgins in heavenBy mindovermatter
I was watching a the Larry King show on CNN which was hosting a panel of people from different faiths. The Jewish Rabbi made a comment about how it was reprehensible that a religion could lure men to commit acts of terrorism using 73 virgins in heaven as a bait. The muslim representative gentleman, apparently a well educated physician as well as a senior member on the Board of American Muslims said not a word!!! to refute this. I dialed into the show like a madwoman but could not get through, unfortunately.
My question to everyone out there is this that where and when did this fantasy come from? I'm sure it is a wonderful fantasy for men but why is it becoming part of this American pop culture thing against the muslims, every comedian has a joke about this in their stand-up. If any of you happen to believe in this, let me just say that there is absolutely no such promise in the Quran like this, and nothing supercedes the Quran. Let me quote the the Quran in this regard, the Quran mentions that we will be reunited with our spouses in heaven and they will be restored to a young age, and it makes mention of houris, beautiful gazelle-eyed women, and youthful boys as beautiful as well guarded pearls. I suppose those who never married, or divorced, or whose spouses never made it to heaven will have these men and women as their companions, who knows. But no where is there any mention that martyrs will be gifted with 72 virgins. If you know the source of this fallacy please let me know.
I request anyone who cares about the repuataion of Islam to please spread the word and deny all this emphatically. I am going to try to be proactive and go to my university to the professors who teach religion courses and request them to let me visit their classes and say a few words about this fallacy and some other fallacies I'm concerned about. It would be great if some other students did this as well.