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Raisin Martyrs

I am currently reading The Trouble with Islam by Irshad Manji (thanks to Celestial Blue, who sent me a copy). I will write a review after I am finished, but in the wake of today’s terror attack, I wanted to share with you something interesting that Irshad mentioned.

The Islamic belief that martyrs die and are greeted by 72 virgins is based on a mistranslation of the word “hur”, which actually means “raisin.” (The Guardian had an article on this a few years ago). So rather than killing themselves for young, untouched women, these terrorists are killing themselves over a packet of dried grapes.

I am in no doubt that these terrorists do not even get a pack of raisins in the afterlife. In all likelihood, they are the pack of raisins.

Update: Maybe the word for “Sultan” is also a mistranslation of the word for “sultana.”

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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