I admit ignorance of the finer points of Islamic belief and the Koran in particular. As you know, the N.T. contains a gospel that posits, apparently, that civilization has a telos; that is, the Book of Revelations supposedly claims that believers will be taken up to Heaven and evil non-believers will be destroyed. My question is, other than the notion that faithful martyrs will immediately be taken to Paradise and awarded 72 virgins (though Sam Harris points out that this may be a mistranslation for a type of grape or raisin), are there any suras addressing a telos comparable to that of John of Patmos's prediction of an end of days? Thanks for any help.
My grasp of islam is hazy at best, but I seem to recall some quotes from the hadith which get into the whole "end of days" think. I may be mistaken.
faithful martyrs will immediately be taken to Paradise and awarded 72 virgins (though Sam Harris points out that this may be a mistranslation for a type of grape or raisin)
Most men would consider 72 grapes to be a shabby substitute for 72 virgins, I believe!
Not to mention, why would a guy particularly want virgins? A lot of guys would prefer a more experienced woman ... And perhaps just one, too.
Or maybe the guy is gay?
Future, women wouldn't want to go to the Islamic version of heaven if they weren't promised a better lot than men; after all, on earth they enjoy 2nd class citizenship and have basically no rights. If a Muslim man commits an adultery he gets a slap on the wrist; if a woman does it, she is stoned or subjected separation of head from body. Hmm...why would anyone want to be a Muslim in the first place?
So is the Muslim heaven for men, the same as the Muslim hell for women?
So what's the Muslim hell for men? Is it a heaven for women?
People have studied failed Islamic suicide bombers in prison. As I remember, the women have different motivations from the men. They have been traumatized, for example a rape victim who's now a social outcast - and they are trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of their society and Allah.
The male suicide bombers aren't generally traumatized, just extreme believers.
Perhaps it really does relate to the appeal of heaven, the women have to be pushed into going to Islamic heaven by something extreme.
That's easy, don't be a virgin ;)
Which is it, grapes or raisins? I'm not about to convert for a handful of raisins.
I think the hadith says that the ladies' virginity is renewable. Do they never become experienced or, dare I say it, skilled?
Bummer about that typhis.
Can you point me to the bible verse about ingrown toenails? I missed that in my Baptist upbringing. Must have been Paul - Jesus would have healed them.