C.S. Lewis famously said of his Christian faith “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
The same can hardly be said of Islam, which relies on our innate biological desires to motivate those who adhere to the faith. Case and point: 72 virgins as a reward for martyrdom. All those passages allowing for up to four wives and sex with slaves also can’t hurt either.
CNN recently featured an Islamic “expert” to try to whitewash some of the Quran’s contents, and she’s managed to make the most ridiculous claim yet. As BizPacReview reports:
During CNN’s prime-time special ‘Why They Hate Us’ hosted by Fareed Zakaria, the infamous Muslim advocate says that there’s a big misinterpretation in the Quran when jihadists site that they will receive “72 virgins” when they die.
Zakaria says the Quran’s word for “virgins” actually means “raisins,” and therefore jihadists are actually only blowing themselves up for “72 raisins.”
Watch the brief clip below:
So how does the Quran describe these 72 “raisins?” They have large eyes, big breasts, can’t restrain their glances, and will be wed to the martyr. An odd description of “raisins” if I’ve ever seen one.Unless the Quran is referring to the California Raisins, this “scholar” has some homework to do.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]