- Feb 9, 2010
I had read something similar to this before:I think there was a number, along with 80 000 servants as well, but it wasn't 72 virgins and 80 000 servants FOR EACH person that died. I wasn't a verse or something said by Mohammed, but some other person close to Mohammed that said it. This is how stories get muddled up.
Still not a great moral story overall, but it came from a different era when people valued different things. It has become a propaganda tool for new suicide bombers as well as a derogatory insult to people fighting for freedom.
Two points need to be noted. First, there is no mention anywhere in the Koran of the actual number of virgins available in paradise, and second, the dark-eyed damsels are available for all Muslims,
It is widely believed that Muslim 'martyrs' enjoy rich sensual rewards on reaching paradise. A new study suggests they may be disappointed. Ibn Warraq reports