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The Bizarre Teachings of Islam – Part 2

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We have to ask ourselves what could possibly motivate Muslims to die in jihad. Why is this culture of death so prevalent in Islam? Is it an accident? Is it just radical Islam? Or is it the nature of Islam? We have found the answer in what we have been looking at thus far.

As we have seen, when a man dies as a martyr he is promised 72 virgins. We don’t know what happens if it is a woman who dies because neither the Qur’an nor the Hadith speak to this issue.

On the left is a picture of a man hanging children up as human shields.

What would cause someone to do this? The story behind this is that Hamas is getting ready to fire some rockets into Israel from this area. They want these children to be killed or wounded so they can parade them in front of the TV cameras. It is part of the propaganda war.

Why would parents allow this? It is because of the promises made to those who die for Allah in jihad.

This is the dark side of Islam and we must understand it. Until we understand why they are willing to sacrifice their children and why they are so willing to die themselves, we cannot do what is necessary to stop this horrible ideology. This shows their sick demented way of getting on the good side of their god. Outside of this culture of death there is no guarantee of paradise.

A horrible example of this mindset is what the Islamic government did in Iran during their war with Iraq. They convinced the parents to bring their children to them to be martyrs for Allah. They would give them a headband saying they were martyrs. They would give them a chain with a lock and key. This children were then marched into areas where there were mine fields. The children were sent in ahead of the troops to explode the mine so the army could march through safely.

Shahram had two members of his extended family that were killed this way. The families were willing to sacrifice their children this way because they believed that it would guarantee their children and themselves a place in Paradise.

This is not just the radicals. This is the theology of Islam.

We see that this is not just about the 72 virgins and the sexual connotation of martyrdom. It is also about collective salvation.

A Palestinian woman was interviewed by an Israeli journalist. Her son had a heart problem and the Israeli government allowed her and her son to come into Israel so they could try to save her son’s life. When the reporter asked about her motivation she said that if they all had to die for the sake of Jerusalem we will all be glad to die in this cause. She kept saying over and over that this is the way it is, this is their culture, this is what we live for. The reporter asked why they were trying to save her son. What if h grows up and decides to become a martyr? He asked if she would allow this and she said, absolutely. He can become a martyr and we will celebrate. The then asked the reporter, don’t you share that culture of death? He said no, we have a culture of life here in Israel. She responded in a matter of fact way, well that is just the way it is for us.

We must ask why it is this way for them. The answer is that the Prophet Muhammad told them that this is what they must do.

Does this help you understand what is happening in Gaza? This is one of the bizarre teachings that comes out of Islam.

We need to remember that Muhammad was trying to build a kingdom. In so doing he felt that he had to go to war with this or that tribe. He needed to motivate his people to do so. What a great motivation to get young men to fight? You promise them that if they die in jihad they will gain immediate entrance into Paradise, and the will get 72 perpetual virgins for an eternal orgy.

It a kind of debate with a Muslim man, he told me that al-hoor al-‘iyn could be translated a a raisin. It is laughable to believe that they are going to die for 72 raisins.

Some of the things that are said in the Hadith on this subject is not proper for polite company. Let me just say that they are promised to be ever ready for sexual intercourse and the virgins are perpetually regenerated to the state of being a virgin.

Here are some of the things that are taught in Islam on this subject:

1. Qur’an

Surah 56:35-37 We have created (their Companions) of special creation. And made them virgin – pure (and undefiled), – Beloved (by nature), equal in age,-

Surah 52:20 Reclining on ranged couches. And we wed them unto fair ones with wide, lovely eyes.

Pre-Occupation with the Breast of these Virgins.

Surah 78:33 And voluptuous women of equal age; or And young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age,

2. Commentary – Classical Scholars

Tafsir ibn Kathir is famous all over the Muslim world, and among Muslims in the Western world is one of the most widely used explanations of the Qu’ran today.

Ibn Kathir – on Hadith 2687

Narrated from Abu Sa’id al-Khudhri, (Sahaba = Companion / Disciple of Muhammad) who heard Muhammad saying, ‘The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy-two houri, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls….

Ibn Kathir says that the houri “are delightful virgins of comparable age who never had sexual intercourse with anyone, whether from mankind or Jinns, before their husbands.”

“in the other life, after they became old in this life, they were brought back while virgin, youthful, being delightfully passionate with their husbands, beautiful, kind and cheerful..”

Other Bizarre teachings

Allah turned Jews into Apes and Pigs and Rats

In Bukhari 4.524 and Bukhari 4.32 there is a story where Allah turned a whole village of Jews in to apes, pigs, and rats. The reason Allah did this is because they were fishing on the sabbath. This is one of the references used by Muslims to justify calling Jews apes and pigs. They believe that one day Allah will turn all Jews into apes and pigs.

In Bukhari 3:4365 it tells of the return of the Muslim messiah and it says that Allah will not bring Islam into world domination until he “breaks the cross and kills the pigs.” This is referring to Christians and Jews. They call the Jews pigs because of this story about Allah turning Jews into apes, pigs, and rats.

When Muslims kill Jews, they don’t see it as killing a human, they see it as killing a pig.

This teaching that when a Muslim kills a Jew it is not a human being is like what Hitler used when he had the Jews killed. Hitler taught that the Jews were sub-human, and this is exactly what the Muslims teach.

A martyr is one who dies in the cause of Allah, in jihad. Al-hoor ali’iyn are virgins.

It is important for us to understand that there is more to Islam than just the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the words of Allah and the Hadith are the words of their prophet, Muhammad. Muhammad is the great example that Muslims are to follow. Muslims will revere what he said and want to emulate his life.

Martyrdom is the only way for a Muslim to guarantee his salvation. Salvation is the first of the seven blessings promised to the the martyr. Let’s look at these seven blessings.

1. He is forgiven as soon as his blood is shed.

2. He is shown his place in Paradise.

3. He is spared the trial of the grave.

4. He will be secure on the day of judgment.

5. He will get a crown of dignity with a ruby more valuable than the world.

6. He will be married to 72 virgins.

7. He will be permitted to intercede for 70 family members.

Have you ever wondered why a mother could rejoice when one of her children died as a suicide bomber? You have the answer here. Having no guarantee of salvation she is without any real hope of salvation. When here child dies she has someone to intercede and take here to Paradise with them.

Islam is a culture of death. This is why the Palestinians that are fighting Israel welcome death. This is why the people listen when Hamas tells them not to leave their homes when Israel warns of an impending attack. Hamas tells the people that the death of their children is for the cause of Islam and that the children will go to Paradise and intercede for them so they can go there also.


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