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Martyrs for Sex and Paradise

Time after time, the families of suicide bombers are interviewed by weepy reporters from CNN and BBC to explain the noble motivation of the boys who strap on explosives and behead little babies, pregnant women, and innocents of all kinds. One thing that the reporters miss, though, is that its not nationalistic fervor, or outrage at their “persecution” that is motivating his boys, as much as the Muslim religious teaching that promises each of them unlimited free sex with virgins in paradise as a reward for spilling innocent blood.

Bob Simon of Sixty Minutes interviewed Mohammed Abu Wardeh, whose Arabic remarks were translated: “God would compensate the martyr for sacrificing his life for his land. If you become a martyr, God will give you 70 virgins, 70 wives and everlasting happiness.”

Now, Arab-Americans are claiming in outrage that this is a mistranslation. Maher Hathout, a Muslim “scholar” with the Islamic Center of Southern California wrote in the Atlanta-Constitution: “There is nothing in the Koran or in Islamic teachings about 70 virgins or sex in paradise. This is ridiculous, and any true Muslim knows that.”

Oh, really?

Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, head of the Cultural Institute of the Italian Islamic Community, and a true Islamic scholar, had this to say: “The only ridiculous thing is that someone who claims to be an ”Islamic scholar” makes public declarations which prove beyond any possible doubt that he has never read the Commentary of Ibn Kathir and “Sunan” of Imam at-Tirmidhi, which are basic books for the knowledge of Islam! Unfortunately, this attribution of chairs to ignoramuses seems to be the rule in American Islamic Centers controlled by the fundamentalist network of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“According to Islam there are seventy two wives for every believer who is admitted to Heaven, and not only for a martyr. The proof is a hadith which is collected by Imam at-Tirmidhi in “Sunan” (Volume IV, Chapters on “The Features of Heaven as described by the Messenger of Allah”, Chapter 21: “About the Smallest Reward for the People of Heaven”, hadith 2687) and also quoted by Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir (Koranic Commentary) of Surah Rhman (55), ayah (verse) 72:

“It was mentioned by Daraj Ibn Abi Hatim, that Abu al-Haytham ‘Adullah Ibn Wahb narrated from Abu Sa’id al-Khudhri, who heard the Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) saying, ‘The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy two wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine and ruby, as wide as the distance from al-Jabiyyah to San’a.”

Ibn Kathir explains in “al-Bidayah wa an-Nihayah” that al-Jabiyyah is the name of a suburb of Damascus.

That those seventy two wives are virgin is proved by the ayah 74 of the same Surah:” No man or jinn has ever touched them before”.

In conclusion, whether or not the remarks on Sixty Minutes are a mistranslation isn’t the point. The point is this:Horny Arab teenagers are being convinced the way to sex in the puritanical Arab world (where fathers routinely murder daughters who are even suspected of losing their virginity) is through hate-filled mass murders. Too bad you missed that, CNN, BBC. Takes away from the “nobility” of the “sacrifice,” huh?

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