Virgins? What virgins?
It is widely believed that Muslim ‘martyrs’ enjoy rich sensual rewards on reaching paradise. A new study suggests they may be disappointed.
Actually, it’s not a new study – the report is from 2002 – but maybe the Islamist terrorists who are currently active haven’t heard of it, or don’t understand German. According to a scholar called Christoph Luxenberg, whose book ‘Die Syro-Aramaische Lesart des Koran’ was published in German in 2001, there are no virgins waiting to reward Muslim martyrs in Paradise. The confusion is due to an error in translation, he says. The word is ‘raisins’. So all they can expect is some dried fruit.