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    PARADISE & PROPAGANDA

    PARADISE AND PROPAGANDA This isnt the first time Muslim extremists have immolated themselves in the name of heaven. As recently as the 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq war, tens of thousands of Iranian soldiers died walking headlong into Iraqi artillery and land mines, certain of their rewards in the hereafter. Many were heeding a book, written by an Iranian religious leader, called Maad (literally, Resurrection), which made paradise sound something like a deluxe Vegas hotel: There is a castle in Paradise made of marble. In that castle there are 70 houses made of rubies and in each house there are 70 rooms made of emeralds ... In each room there are 70 female servants. An Iranian field commander who served in battle for five years calls this heavenly vision propaganda, written expressly for young, unmarried men living in material poverty and sexual repression.
    For at least a decade, groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad have preached similar messages to would-be suicide bombers. The heaven they promise offers martyrs easy access to God, better conditions in the hereafter for family members and beautiful, available women. At home in Gaza recently, SheikAbdul-Karim al-Kahlot, who is a leading religious authority for the Palestinians, answered a reporters questions about heaven. Real martyrs, he said, are those who fight for the sake of Allah and raise the flag that says there is no God but Allah. Those martyrs will reach the highest level of heaven. Moderate Muslim scholars vehemently dispute the fundamentalist view. For one thing, descriptions of heaven are metaphorical, human attempts to describe the indescribable, these scholars say. For another, Muslim teachings contain strict injunctions against suicide. And while Islamic texts do promise heaven to soldiers who give their lives for Allah, they require those soldiers be engaged in what contemporary Westerners would call a just war. Theres a verse in the Quran that says, If youve killed one innocent person its as if youve killed all of humanity, says Basit Koshul, a lecturer in comparative religion at Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minn. To kill someone unjustly and then say to yourself that youre going to go to heaven and wont have to submit to judgment, its very problematic. .




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    A Faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.

    #2
    nice read.. Agree!

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      #3
      salaam,

      there is no quranic support for '70 women in heaven' as a reward for men!!
      these are just whimps of dirty minded people in the name of ISLAM!!

      salaam

      [This message has been edited by filhaal (edited August 05, 2002).]

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        #4
        Originally posted by TARIQ786USA:
        And while Islamic texts do promise heaven to soldiers who give their lives for Allah, they require those soldiers be engaged in what contemporary Westerners would call a just war.
        can some one explain "just war"?

        بِن دانا پانی میں جی لواں
        بِن انَک میں جی نہ سکاں

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