ALLAH’S PARADISE: Why it is a long lasting desire for Muslims.

 By Korede Olawoyin Copyright © 2013 by Lampro Ventures All right reserved. This publication is copyright protected. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or reproduced in any way, including but not limited to photocopy, photograph, recording or magnetic disk without the prior agreement and written permission of the publisher. Cover Design: Lampro Ventures All Quranic quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the Noble Qur’an translated by Dr. Muhammed Mushin Khan and Dr. Muhammed Taqui-ud-Din Al-Hilali. Copyright © 1996 Maktaba Dar-us-Salam. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While Quranic verse are quoted alongside with the respective translations used in a quotation and you do not find the same text being quoted, check 2 or 3 verses above or below the verse quoted. This is because in some cases the Quran differs between translations. Published byLAMPRO VENTURES26, Oduyemi Street, Anifowoshe, Ikeja, Lagos.Phone: 234-1-7358046, 07030735763, 07038435228, 07084892149Email: info@lamproventures.netWebsite: www.lamproventures.net             Contents Acknowledgement Introduction Chapter One:Who is Qualified? Chapter Two:The Luxury of Allah’s Paradise Chapter Three:Critical Evaluation of the Contents of Allah’s Promises Acknowledgement I give my sincerest thanks to the whole team who made the publication of this book possible. This piece would not have been made available to you if not for the effort of some great individuals who have sacrificed their time and effort to make it a reality. To Evang. Isang Udo-Akagha, the Team Leader of Love A Muslim Ministry for his immeasurable passion for the Muslim people of which I learn from. I must also commend the effort of Rev. Dr David Hassan of FISTEM, I have not forgotten the days of little beginnings. To Rev. D. Adeshina of End Time commission International. Thanks for your constant motivation on the importance of documentation. I am highly indebted to you my darling sister, Emma for the proof-reading of my script. Kayode Akinyele, thanks for your brotherly love. Great thanks to Mummy Joy, Mrs Maryann Udo-Akagha. Benedicta Nwaosika, thanks for also seeing to the precision of the book cover, not forgetting Pastor Amosun, for your prayers, Elder Agu Mma and to all members of Love A Muslim Ministry. A very big thank you goes all my Muslim friends, both online and offline. I pray that you will find this book a helpful collection of information. IntroductionThe Concept and believe in the hereafter mostly is a general phenomenon in all faiths. Most religious individual have an idea and some basic information about how blissful and pleasurable such atmosphere promises to be, to a large extent, many hope to be there. Even if there are diverse points of view as to how to get there and what will be the order of event in such breathtaking vicinity, nevertheless, there is a common place known as Paradise which most people desire and hope to be. Among other faiths, Islam has her own version of heaven.The Islamic version of Paradise is one of a kind and has its uniqueness as well. One of the most important prayers devout Muslims utter always is that Allah may accept them into his glorious paradise. The Muslims have been encouraged that paradise is ultimately the destination of anyone who does not compromise his services to Allah while on earth.Though, the acceptance into Paradise is the sole responsibility of Allah as he wills, yet, billions of Muslims all over the globe sincerely, earnestly and passionately await the great and unending opportunity of being in that blissful place as described in the Qur’an and the Hadith. Fascinatingly though, the paradise of Allah is a whole new world on its own, it is quite different from the depiction of any paradise ever described, it is the combination of many luxurious things, ranging from wine, fruits, male servant, women, rivers etc.  We are also about to discover some of the motivating factor that make some Muslims ever willing to sacrifice their lives and property to Allah in exchange of his Paradise.We are told in the Hadith that Allah has prepared a lot of bountiful things for his faithfuls. This is quite stimulating because this quote is somewhat similar to what has been revealed in the Bible. Here is what Allah said:“Abu Huraira reported that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: I have prepared for My pious servants which no eye (has ever) seen, no ear has (ever) heard and no human heart has ever perceived those bounties leaving apart (those bounties) about which Allah has informed you”[Sahih Muslim, Book 40. Paradise, Number 6781]So, what are these marvelous things that Allah has prepared for his followers that no man has ever conceived? Someone might be pondering over this in his mind and we cannot wait to examine and find out. This and other related matters are what we will look at in this book.Please join me as we take a journey into Allah’s Paradise.  CHAPTER ONE WHO IS QUALIFIED? Allah’s Paradise is not just for anyone or everyone, in other words, it is not meant for all and sundry. It is only for those who meet the criterion that Allah has mapped out for those interested in his paradise. Allah has a standard and that must be satisfied; and he will not allow for, or take anything less.  When we examine the Qur’an and the Hadith, we have answers to our questions. There are many verses in the Qur’an that give detailed information about those who are qualified for Allah’s paradise.We will discover as we proceed, that some Muslims who see themselves as devoted may never be qualified to enter Allah’s paradise.The Qur’an hints us about those who are deemed as “qualified” for this paradise. The Righteous.One of the groups of Muslims who will enter Allah paradise are the ones Allah calls the righteous. These are not just righteous people, but they accompany their righteousness with good deeds; meaning that their good deeds are pleasing to Allah.  “And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: "This is what we were provided with before," and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), (having no menses, stools, urine, etc.) and they will abide therein forever” [Qur’an 2:25] The same thought was re-echoed in another verse of the Qur’an: And those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, they are dwellers of paradise, they will dwell therein forever. [Qur’an 2:82] This is no doubt an injunction for those who intend to have entrance into this paradise they have to be righteous and do good deeds as well. One of the good deeds is for a Muslim to avoid “GREAT SINS”; even though he might commit “SMALL SINS”. Allah promises any Muslims who try not to engage in great sins, the forgiveness of his small sins, and that he will ultimately grant him paradise as well. We read: If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. paradise).  [Qur’an 4:31] This same line of thought is replicated here: For those who have done good is the best (reward, i.e. paradise) and even more (i.e. having the honour of glancing at the Countenance of Allah) Neither darkness nor dust nor any humiliating disgrace shall cover their faces. They are the dwellers of Paradise, they will abide therein. [Qur’an 10:26] There are numerous verses that recount this same message, signifying that righteous good deeds is one of the attribute that a Muslim must possess in order to gain entrance into the paradise of Allah. This explains why an average Muslim try as much as possible to engage himself in goods deeds like giving alms to the poor, feeding the hungry and sharing with people outside the fold of Islam during their annual  festival all in the name of entering the paradise of Allah. The Muslims actually takes this acts very seriously, because they are pretty much aware that on the judgement day, a scale shall be presented to measure their “good deeds” against their evil deeds; and if the latter is eventually much more in proportion to the first, it will out-weigh the goods deeds on the scale; and that spell doom for anyone with such situation. So, in order to avoid this embarrassing and terrible position, the Muslims put in their best to do as many good deeds they can. We read thus:And the weighing on that day (Day of Resurrection) will be the true (weighing). So as for those whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy, they will be the successful (by entering Paradise).   And as for those whose scale will be light, they are those who will lose their ownselves (by entering Hell) because they denied and rejected Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.).   [Qur’an 7: 8 - 9] As we can see, it is going to be all about scaling on that day, once a person’ scale is light [meaning he does not have enough good deeds] he will be transferred into hell with automatic alacrity. This provides an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty as there are no measuring tools here on earth capable of revealing the level of the evil deeds a man has accumulated; in order to know the actual amount of good deeds that could be done to surmount or the measure of evil deeds. It is indeed a life of fear! The JihadistAnother group of people that Allah’s paradise has been promised is the Jihadist. That is, those who fight and kill in the cause of Allah. Many ignorant Christians and non-Muslims condemn the act of Jihad, or simply put, killing for Allah as a barbaric act. Little do they know that it is actually one of the qualifications Allah has specified, both in the Qur’an and the Hadith for acceptance into his Paradise. The fighting and killing of unbelievers is a noble act before Allah, and he delights in the death of such groups of people who fight for him because their end will be in the paradise he has promised them. In fact, Allah spoke of the courageous Muslims who are willing to go out and fight for his cause, and prefers them over the lazy ones who would either stay at home, or stay out of the fight  condemning others for fighting or Killing for Allah’s cause. Allah elucidate in the Qur’an:  “Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward; [Qur’an 4: 95] Allah gives a clear distinction between those who fight for him and those who are just Muslims by name, and not to the letters, with the exception of those who are either injured or disabled.  It is only those who fight for Allah that are considered true and authentic Muslims; while those who are either afraid of fighting, or mocking those who have decided to fight for Allah are called hypocrites by Allah himself. Here is the commentary on this verse in the Ahmadiyyah translation of the Qur’an, edited by Malik Ghulam Farid: “The verse speaks of two classes of believers: (1) Those who sincerely accept Islam and then try to live up to it teachings but take no part in the struggle to defend and propagate the Faith. These are, as it were, passive believers­­—“sitters” as the verse calls them. (2) Those who not only live up to the teachings of Islam but also vigorously participate in the work of its propagation. These are active believers—“strivers” or Mujahids as they are called. There is, however, a third class of believers who, even though they do not join their brethren in actually fighting disbelievers get an equal reward with those who take part in the actual struggle. They are heart and soul with the Muslims who are Mujahids, wherever the latter go to fight in the cause of God; but their particular circumstance---disease, poverty, etc., do not allow them to join the expeditions in person.”  [Farid, Malik Ghulam. The Holy Qur’an: Arabic text with English translation and short commentary. (Islam International Publications Ltd UK) 2OO2] This comment summarized the fact that there are indeed Muslims who are not interested in Jihad and such Muslims are called “passive Muslims”, can we imagine how many Muslims fall into this category? Most of the Muslims condemning the act of Jihad are not considered genuine Muslims, they are only adding to the number and Allah is not delighted in such people. It is either you are in or out; it is very glaring that if you are not in support of Jihad that simply means you are not an authentic Muslim. This is what Allah says again concerning this category of Muslims: “O you who believe! Be not like those who disbelieve (hypocrites) and who say to their brethren when they travel through the earth or go out to fight: "If they had stayed with us, they would not have died or been killed," so that Allah may make it a cause of regret in their hearts. It is Allah that gives life and causes death. And Allah is All­Seer of what you do” [Qur’an 3:156] This spells out in clear terms that those who consider themselves to be Muslims and are discouraging others from fighting for Allah are considered hypocrites, and therefore have no part in the bounty of Allah for his slaves.  Unfortunately, we have thousands of Muslims who fall into this category. They are peace loving Muslims, and they denounce fighting and killing for the sake of Allah, which is “going to the extremes”, according to them.  But Allah recognizes and rewards only those who fight and kill for him with Paradise!  It is no surprise that we have some Muslims today who don’t like the concept of violence in Islam. When discussing with such Muslims, they give the impression that those Muslims involved in Jihad are not true Muslims and they label them “extremist or fundamentalist”, but the truth of the matter is that, the ones who are called fundamentalist are the ones who not only recites the words of Allah, but also carry them out. Concerning the thousands of Muslims who are out there condemning the Jihad that Allah had commanded to his faithful believers, Allah gives a reminder that they are not the first, these same category of people were present in the lifetime of Muhammad as well. We read: “There is certainly among you he who would linger behind (from fighting in Allah's Cause). If a misfortune befalls you, he says, "Indeed Allah has favoured me in that I was not present among them"[Qur’an 4:72]At a point in time, Muhammad was getting frustrated by the actions of these people, they were not only staying behind to avoid war, but they were also discouraging the few Muslims who are willing to give their lives to Allah as a ransom. This was so serious that Allah had to intervene by sending down a revelation to Muhammad concerning this matter: “Have you not seen those who were told to hold back their hands (from fighting) and perform As-Salat (Iqamat­as­Salat), and give Zakat, but when the fighting was ordained for them, behold! a section of them fear men as they fear Allah or even more. They say: "Our Lord! Why have you ordained for us fighting? Would that you had granted us respite for a short period?" Say: "Short is the enjoyment of this world. The Hereafter is (far) better for him who fears Allah, 434 and you shall not be dealt with unjustly even equal to the Fatila (a scalish thread in the long slit of a date­stone)”[Qur’an 4: 77]In order to encourage the few ones who are ready to obey Allah’s command of fighting and killing the unbelievers, Muhammad received another revelation:“O Prophet (Muhammad SAW)! Urge the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast persons amongst you, they will overcome two hundred, and if there be a hundred steadfast persons they will overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are people who do not understand”[Qur’an 8: 65]This is an encouragement for the Muslims and an assurance of victory in the battle field because of the discouragement that the few who loved Allah had received from their brothers. In order to enforce this as a command everyone must follow and encouraged the fearful who are always afraid of going to war, Allah attached the fighting to a passport of eternal bliss in his paradise, he says:“Let those (believers) who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter fight in the Cause of Allah, and whoso fights in the Cause of Allah, and is killed or gets victory, We shall bestow on him a great reward”[Qur’an 4:74] It happens that after much persuasion, there are still some Muslims who don’t like the idea of Jihad at all, just as we have the peace loving Muslims today who absolutely condemn Jihad. We read about them in the Qur’an:“Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.”[Qur’an 2:216]Remarkably though, we are told that there are some Muslims who do not like fighting, just as we have thousands of Muslims today reproving the act of fighting as unislamic, Allah rebuked  such Muslims and told them that fighting is good for them. If Allah says fighting is good for them, why are some Muslims today claiming that fighting and killing for Allah is unislamic? The above verse shows that we have some sincere Muslims who are not too happy with this command in the Qur’an, they wish they could do away with it; they feel convenient to practice other Islamic rites except the fighting and killing.Here is a comment made in the Ahmadiyyah translation of the Qur’an concerning this verse:“Muslims hated war not because they are afraid of it, but because they do not like to shed human blood; also because they thought that a peaceful atmosphere was much more conducive to the spread and propagation of Islam than a state of war”[Farid, Malik Ghulam. The Holy Qur’an: Arabic text with English translation and short commentary. (Islam International Publications Ltd UK) 2OO2]Another translation rendered this verse this way:“Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”[The Noble Qur'an, English Revised and Edited by Saheeh International, AbulQasim Publishing House, 1997]Allah is quite aware that the some Muslims “hates” the idea of fighting and killing, but, he further accentuate on the need for them to fight for his cause and displease themselves in this world in order to get the reward for the one to come. Here is the question, how can the Muslims serve Allah faithfully and still condemn or hate the idea of Jihad?If Allah had attached such an important thing as fighting his cause as one of the ways to gain entrance to his Paradise, then how can any Muslim avoid this? See the author’s book “Who are the True Muslims?” to get a detailed information on how Allah planned to take over the world through Jihad!Having seen the importance of Allah’s command to fight and kill for him, some may wonder, what could propel Muslims to want to carry out this command. What is in it for them? Why would someone decide to risk his life by wearing bomb with the aim of killing himself and others as well?Interestingly, those who understand the benefit of this act of killing for Allah had a promise given to them, this was one of the promises that lifted their hope, propelled and motivated them to go ahead to fulfill Allah’s desire, they wanted to be in Allah’s Paradise. Here is what Muhammad; the best example of the Muslims has to say concerning such passion:“The tradition has been narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah b. Qais. He heard it from his father who, while facing the enemy, reported that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Surely, the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords. A man in a shabby condition got up and said; Abu Musa, did you hear the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say this? He said: Yes. (The narrator said): He returned to his friends and said: I greet you (a farewell greeting). Then he broke the sheath of his sword, threw it away, advanced with his (naked) sword towards the enemy and fought (them) with it until he was slain.”[Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Number 4681]In a nutshell, Paradise is said to be under the shadows of the sword! That means, another sure way to be qualified for Allah’s paradise is to kill for him. This might be strange not just only to non-Muslims but Muslims alike, especially those who have always believed that Islam is a religion of peace. Allah emphatically through Muhammad made his desire known and anyone who hopes to be rewarded needs to follow it. Right from this Hadith, we are told that those who fight for this cause of Allah, or simply put, the Jihadist have straight ticket to Paradise. There is no delay and denial, it has been signed, seal and delivered. This is a decree and a promise that Allah has made. But the question is, how authentic is this promise and how can we verify them as well? We shall be looking at this question in the later part of this book. Here is an example of a conversation that transpired between Muhammad and one of his followers concerning one of the ways of gaining access to Allah’s Paradise through Jihad.'Abdullah b. Mas'ud reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds (takes one) nearer to paradise? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Prayer at its proper time, I said: What next, Messenger of Allah? He replied: Kindness to the parents. I said: What next? He replied: Jihad in the cause of Allah”[Sahih Muslim, Book 1. Number 152].According to this Hadith, Jihad is a sure and straight way to paradise. This was so serious that Muhammad himself wished he could come back to the earth and die as many times as possible just to enjoy more of the things that has been promised for him in Paradise. Hear his exciting story from the Hadith:“Narrated By Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "By Him in Whose Hands my life is! Were it not for some men amongst the believers who dislike to be left behind me and whom I cannot provide with means of conveyance, I would certainly never remain behind any Sariya' (army-unit) setting out in Allah's Cause. By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred in Allah's Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred”[Sahih Bukhari Vol 4, Book 52. Number 54]If Muhammad, who is considered as the best examples for the Muslims have this thought and ideas running through his veins, what then do you expect from his followers? This gives us an understanding of what goes on in the minds of the Jihadist when they are about executing their act, in fact, some of them wish they could come back to the world to do the very same thing over and over again.We have seen the category and group of people that are qualified to be in Allah’s Paradise, but we are yet to ascertain something very important. Why are people willing to kill themselves for this cause? Why are they ready to lay down their lives? What do they stand to gain from all of these?It may be shocking for some non-Muslims to discover that the faithful believers who decided to do what they do in pleasing Allah, either by dying or killing for him, by doing good deeds, by spreading the message of Islam through Dawah all have a common driving force behind them and ultimately, a reward for them as well.In a bid to find out what these propelling force and promises are, let us look into the Paradise of Allah and get a picture of what Allah has promised the Muslim folks. This will indeed be an enlightening step towards understanding why some Muslims are zealous and passionate about what they do. We are now ready to examine the description of Allah’s paradise as revealed in the Qur’an and the Hadith. CHAPTER TWO THE LUXURY IN ALLAH’S PARADISE Allah told the Muslims through Muhammad that no man has ever seen nor has it ever been imagined what he has in store for his slaves who merit his Paradise, Allah later gives us a brief description of his Paradise.  Here is the Hadith citation again for emphasis:Abu Huraira reported that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: I have prepared for My pious servants which no eye (has ever) seen, no ear has (ever) heard and no human heart has ever perceived those bounties leaving apart (those bounties) about which Allah has informed you[Sahih Muslim, Book 40. Paradise, Number 6781]The Qur’an also confirms this statement:“No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.”[Qur’an 32:17]The world would have been in confusion as to what Allah has to offer his slaves in terms of rewards and benefits of being an ardent follower of his religion. But he later unleashes the mystery himself, and we have enough information to give us an idea of what we expect his paradise to look like.The very first thing about this Paradise is, the doors are automatic, just like the elevator doors that open automatically. The doors open as the Muslims speaks to it. This seems to be a good welcome to Allah’s paradise:'Adn (Edn) paradise (everlasting Gardens), whose doors will be open for them, [It is said (in Tafsir At-Tabari, Part 23, Page 174) that one can speak to the doors, just one tells it to open and close, and it will open or close as it is ordered].[Qur’an 38:50] Describing how elegant his paradise is, Allah gave the Muslims a glimpse of what they are to expect:“And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: "This is what we were provided with before," and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), (having no menses, stools, urine, etc.) and they will abide therein forever”[Qur’an 2:25]In this verse of the Qur’an, we are presented with a laconic imagery of the environment, the provision and the delight that abounds in the Paradise. To get the extensive understanding of this verse, there are several verses in the Qur’an that shed more light on this subject matter.Please note that the Qur’an state that “they will be given things in resemblance” this indicates that the food they will be given in paradise will be very much similar to what they have been eating here on earth before. Pickthal, an English translator of the Qur’an renders it clearly:“And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) unto those who believe and do good works; that theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow; as often as they are regaled with food of the fruit thereof, they say: this is what was given us aforetime; and it is given to them in resemblance. There for them are pure companions; there for ever they abide”[Qur’an 2: 25.  Pickthal translation] Beside the food, Allah also mentioned the gorgeous virgins, unadulterated water, rivers of wine, and scrumptious fruits. These are some of the rewards that the Muslim men will enjoy in Allah’s Paradise. Let us examine more verses in the Qur’an that resonates on the same theme.Say: "Shall I inform you of things far better than those? For Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2) there are Gardens (Paradise) with their Lord, underneath which rivers flow. Therein (is their) eternal (home) and Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives) [i.e. they will have no menses, urine, or stool, etc.], And Allah will be pleased with them. And Allah is All-Seer of the (His) slaves[Qur’an 3: 15]One of the pleasures that the Muslim men stand to enjoy in Allah paradise is the special mates or virgins that Allah has prepared for their pleasure. After much war and striving here on earth, Allah had specially created some special being who will welcome the Muslim men into sexual bliss and unending orgies.In order to comprehend Allah’s paradise better, we need to remember some few things. Muhammad was an Arabian and the Qur’an confirms the fact that the Arabians have great passion for women and wine. That was why Allah was telling them that this is the ultimate for them. These are the things that they can die for.Allah was very much aware of the weaknesses of these Arabians and decided to use that very same thing to lure them into accepting the message that he brought to them through Muhammad. Allah uses the weaknesses of the Arabians against them and it actually works. Allah told them what they wanted to hear:“Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world's life; but Allah has the excellent return (Paradise with flowing rivers, etc.) with Him”[Qur’an 3: 14]After Allah had enumerated the things that they live their lives by and could die for, Allah told them he could offer them “better” of the things they are chasing after.  Right in the next verse, Allah shows the Arabians better things, we read again:“Say: "Shall I inform you of things far better than those? For Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2) there are Gardens (Paradise) with their Lord, underneath which rivers flow. Therein (is their) eternal (home) and Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives) [i.e. they will have no menses, urine, or stool, etc.], And Allah will be pleased with them. And Allah is All-Seer of the (His) slaves”[Qur’an 3: 15]What Allah is insinuating here is actually a bargain between himself and the Muslims, and then promises that if they accept his offer, he will give them better things than what they have been chasing after in the world! This appears to be a good offer to the Arabians, who were just being introduced to the religion of Islam; and they accepted the deal because they actually have nothing to lose. It is only an extension of what they have been craving after for a very long time.We can see the way and the background of the Arabian lifestyle have come into play when discussing Allah’s paradise. Let us take a look at these virgins more closely, the Qur’an and the Hadith has a lot to say about them, we read:So (it will be), and We shall marry them to houris (female fair ones) with wide, lovely eyes.  [Qur’an 44:54]This verse of the Qur’an describes the special beautiful virgins called houris as being with “wide lovely eye”. These eyes are for seduction and make the men wanting to desire them every moment of the time. For more emphasis on this, Allah repeated this to the Muslim men once more so that they will know that this is no joke:“They will recline (with ease) on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to houris (female, fair ones) with wide lovely eyes.”[Qur’an 52:20]The same is re-echoed here again:“And (there will be) houris (fair females) with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the pious),” [Qur’an 56: 22]Just as we have seen, it is very important that these women possess “wide lovely eyes” in order to paint a romantic picture in the mind of the Muslim men for motivation and inspiration to fulfill the task that lay ahead of them. Yusuf Ali, an Islamic Scholar and a translator commented on this verse of the Qur’an as follows:“The companionship of Beauty and Grace is one of the highest pleasures of life. In this bodily life it takes bodily form. In the higher life it takes a higher form.”[Yusuf Ali translation of the Qur’an, commentary no 4729]How better can this be expressed? This is the inner splendour that runs through the minds of millions of Muslims on the surface of the earth today. They believe that the sexual pleasure they enjoyed on earth is just a preparation for the one in the great beyond! Nevertheless, there is more description that the Qur’an has given about these virgins too, here is another outstanding one:“And young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age” [Qur’an 78: 33] This is another insightful feature of the virgins that Allah had kept for the Muslims in his paradise! How can a man listen, imagine and picture all these in his mind and will not go crazy for such a reward? Whenever the Muslims remember promises like this, it makes the life of this world seen of lesser value. This simply explains the reason why they could lay their lives for Allah; because they cannot wait to have the reward they have been promised. Commenting on this particular feature of the virgins, Ibn Kathir explains with more details:(And vineyards, and Kawa` ib At rab ) meaning, wide-eyed maidens with fully developed breasts. Ibn ` Abbas, Mujahid and others have said, (Kawa` ib) "This means round breasts. They meant by this that the breasts of these girls will be fully rounded and not sagging, because they will be virgins, equal in age. This means that they will only have one age...'' [Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Abridged), [The Great Success will be for Those Who have Taqwa]This is one of the motivations that the suicide bombers couldn’t let go off their minds when they are about executing their mission. This is a total mind programming. Why do you think a man with a mentality as this will not kill himself in order to get this reward?  How do you expect such a person to regard this life, when there is something far “better” waiting for him in Allah’s Paradise? We are quite aware that some Muslims are embarrassed seeing this verse [Qur’an 78:33] in the Qur’an. Some translators of the Qur’an who realized how humiliating this verse sounds try their possible best to tone it down and offer a complete different meaning other than what was originally intended.Let us look at some of these translations of the Qur’an.“Lo! for the duteous is achievement - Gardens enclosed and vineyards, And maidens for companions, And a full cup”[Pickthall]Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of (the heart's) desires; Gardens enclosed, and grapevines; Companions of equal age; And a cup full (to the brim).[Yusuf Ali]“Surely for those who guard (against evil) is achievement, Gardens and vineyards, And those showing freshness of youth, equals in age, And a pure cup”[Shakir]As we can see, none of these translators mention anything about the breast; the reason is simply because they are ashamed to translate such considering their audience in mind. On account of the fact that these virgins are exceptional beings who had been specially packaged for the pleasure of the Muslim men, Allah said they are already reclining on a green cushion waiting for their husbands to come for them:Houris (beautiful, fair females) restrained in pavilions;  [Qur’an 55:72]   Verse 67, give us an idea that it was not of any other colour apart from green. “Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses.”  [Qur’an 55:76]   Someone may ask, why must the cushion be green, what is the need of the mention of the colour, is that of any relevance considering the pleasure that awaits the Muslim men over there? The mention of the colour is no accident; it serves a very crucial purpose, and here is why.We need to remember that Muhammad was addressing his kinsmen who happened to be a large congregation of Arabians, knowing full well the geographical condition of Arabia as a desert place where green plant is rarely seen around because of the lack of water in the domain.Just as we have noted previously, Allah knew the condition of the Arabians and the things they needed, he has seen how this people struggle for water and hardly see green plants in their environment and he promised them abundance of that specific lack of theirs. How do you think they will feel when they discovered that their long aged dreams will one day become a reality? This is a practical deception of the mind.That was why Allah had to lay emphasis on the fact that the things they most desired will be given to them in his paradise. It all started from this group of people, but today, the same message had been presented to thousands and billions of people who have no idea of the reason it was conceived, and what prompted its conception by Allah. How does this message appeal to people who have been living in a geographical location filled with water and green plants today?Explaining this verse, Ibn Kathir has this to say:(Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny) After Allah mentioned the couches, He then said, (Wherein will be), meaning on these couches or beds, (Qasirat At-Tarf) chaste females, wives rest raining their glances, desiring none except their husbands, seeing them as the most beautiful men in Paradise. This was said by Ibn ` Abbas, Qatadah, `Ata' Al-Khurasani and Ibn Zayd. It was reported that one of these wives will say to her husband, "By Allah! I neither see anything in Paradise more handsome than you nor more beloved to me than you. So praise be to Allah Who made you for me and made me for you. ''[Tasfir Ibn Kathir, the Delight of Those Who have Taqwa in Paradise]From the comment of Ibn Kathir, we notice that the virgins have a strong desire for no one else except the man they have been assigned to. Here is the question, if the virgins are already waiting up there for the Muslim men to come over and claim them, where is the place of the Muslim women here on earth? Will they just sit and watch their husbands deflowering virgins after virgins whom Allah will give the men in his paradise? I have met a number of Muslims especially on facebook who argued that the Qur’an never said that there will be physical sexual intercourse in Allah’s paradise, one of them strongly believe and told me that nothing like skin to skin sexual intercourse [as he calls it] can occur in Allah’s Paradise, I believe he find it strange and absurd for anyone to imagine going to paradise to do such. In his own words, he explains:“On the mention of Virgins in paradise, you christians foolishly assumed there will be PRACTICAL SKIN TO SKIN SEX in paradise! Alright, we wouldn't have learned that marriage will still continues between husbands and wives in paradise if both of them make to paradise. In case one of the fails, virgins will be replace for him. What you should care most to know is that IF THERE WILL BE VIRGINS IN PARADISE? Get the meaning of virgins very well, if you take them to be FEMALES then what about FEMALES that make paradise what will be theirs? Virgin refered in the qur'an are like HOUSEMAIDS for both the men and women who made it to the paradise. They are set aside to serve both men and women with drinks, foods etc” How true is this claim, is this indeed what the Qur’an said? We are quite aware that thousands of Muslims also have this same mindset. How factual is this statement? Soon as we shall discover, the Qur’an nullify such claims.Still examining the verse of the Qur’an about the virgins, we read a thought-provoking line here:Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?  Whom no man or jinn yatmithhunna (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them.  Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?  [Qur’an 55:73 -75]   Allah need to create a great excitement in the minds of his followers and prospective followers as well, in order to do that, he told the Muslims here that the women he is preparing for them are not like the women in the world, simply put, these are virgins, they have never been touched before! This is indeed a good deal Muslims will not want to reject; and this alone is enough to trigger the passion in them.For those who have been deceived that the Muslim men will marry their earthly wives in heaven, this verse of the Qur’an had debunked such claims. The wives here on earth are no more virgins, providing the kind of sexual ecstasy which the ones Allah has provided in his Paradise are capable of giving.Let us expound on this aspect of the virgins in details.The Qur’an further proves that they have never been involve in sexual intercourse before, either with the Jinn or men, we read:“Wherein both will be those (maidens) restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn yatmithhunna (has opened their hymen with sexual intercourse) before them”.  [Qur’an 55:56]This is self-explanatory, and this subject had already been expounded on in the author’s book, “The Muslimah: The Forgotten Slaves of Allah”. Here is an excerpt from the book concerning this verse: “This verse simply gives an explanation that is most needed for us to clarify and establish the fact about these special beautiful women, it says that “their hymen has not been opened with sexual intercourse before”, now what does that mean? What does it mean for a hymen not to be opened by sexual intercourse? To understand this better, we need to know the meaning of the word HYMEN. Hymen is a thin membrane that covers the opening of the vagina of a woman who has never had sex.The meaning of this is, these special virgins had NEVER experienced sexual intercourse before. This negates any thinking that they are from amongst the women from this world. The women in the world (talking about the Muslim women who are wives) have had their hymen opened, because once an intercourse takes places, the hymen will begin to worn off. According to some medical findings, it disappears completely during intercourse in some women; it is just like a seal to cover the virginal opening [entrance] of a woman till the day of intercourse. We have another verse confirming this again; we read:“Whom no man or jinn yatmithhunna (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them” (Qur’an 55: 74)This also establishes that not only have men never had sex with this special virgins before, this probably means that it is possible for women who men had not touched or deflowered to be touched by Jinn, but in this case, to show how special and unique they are, they have never been touched by neither Men nor Jinn before.Now, if there are special women in paradise prepared for the Muslim men in heaven, what are the responsibility and benefit of Muslim women who are here on earth? What can we call their reward? And how can they fit into this plan of eternal life and enjoyment? Why should they be neglected out of the wines, flowing rivers, sweet fruit and alluring environment that the men will enjoy over there? Why not the Muslim women too?Alternatively, the Noble Qur’an, translated by the Saheeh international, renders Qur’an 55:56 literally in the footnote as follows:“They have not been caused to bleed by loss of virginity”[The Noble Qur'an, English Revised and Edited by Saheeh International, AbulQasim Publishing House, 1997]The Qur’an further proves that the beings are not from the earth; and we look into the Qur’an for more description of who are, and what these special virgins are made of. We read:“So (it will be), and We shall marry them to Houris (female fair ones) with wide, lovely eyes” (Qur’an 44:54)The footnote of the verse of this translation [Noble Qur’an, Translation by Muhammad Hilali and Muhammad Khan] reads as follows:Hur: Very fair females created by Allah as such, not from the offspring of Adam with intense black irises of their eyes and intense white scleras.”[Excerpt from the book “The Muslimah: The Forgotten Slaves of Allah”.]We can see from here clearly that the virgins Allah has created in his paradise are far more unique than the women that we have here on earth. We are told that they are not from the offspring of Adam; these are specially created for the purpose of satisfying the Muslim men sexually.We have yet another feature so outstanding that cannot be ignored that these virgins possess, we read about this in the Hadith:Narrated By Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the full moon, and the batch next to them will be (glittering) like the most brilliant star in the sky. Their hearts will be as if the heart of a single man, for they will have neither enmity nor jealousy amongst themselves; everyone will have two wives from the houris, (who will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh."—————————— >————— [Sahih Bukhari Vol 4, Book 54. Number 476]These virgins will be transparent like glasses, in other words, you can see through them! What a creature? Indeed, there has not been anything like this before. This is the fantasy that the Muslim men always have whenever you talk about Paradise.  In other to corroborate this, Ibn Kathir has this to say:“(Verily, the first group that will enter Paradise will look like the moon when it is full, and the next batch will be as radiant as the radiant star in the sky. Each one of them will marry two wives. The marrow of the bones of their shins will be seen through the flesh. None will be unmarried in Paradise. ) This Hadith was recorded in the Two Sahihs.“[Tasfir Ibn Kathir, the Delight of Those Who have Taqwa in Paradise].One might be wondering how these men will be able to develop strength to penetrate these virgins, the task of deflowering is not an easy one and if Allah will give the men plethora of virgins in Paradise, then there must be a provision to that effect.As if Allah knew that this might be a challenge, he had started test running this possibility with his favourite messenger: Muhammad. Here is an example of what will likely be repeated in Paradise:“Narrated By Anas: The Prophet used to go round (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine“[Sahih Bukhari Vol 7, Book 62. Number 6]In fact, when Muhammad go round his wives, we were told that he could mount one woman with the strength of “thirty men” Can you imagine a man having sexual intercourse with a woman as if they were thirty men? How traumatic can that intercourse be? I bet his wives must have been given the grace to endure such exercise:Narrated By Qatada: Anas bin Malik said, "The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number." I asked Anas, "Had the Prophet the strength for it?" Anas replied, "We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty (men)." And Sa'id said on the authority of Qatada that Anas had told him about nine wives only (not eleven).[Sahih Bukhari Vol 1, Book 5. Number 268]Please note that this is not an occasional activity, this is what he does regularly, note that the prophet was said to have been “used to” going round his wives in just one night! Muhammad was about 50 years and more when he was engaged in this muscular task with his wives.If Muhammad had succeeded in balancing his sexual life with all of his wives on earth, this implies that, there will be no challenge with the Muslims men penetrating the virgins in Paradise, Allah is well capable of providing the necessary strength needed. Ibn Kathir explains:“(In Paradise, the believer will be given such and such strength for women.) Anas said, "I asked, `O Allah's Messenger! Will one be able to do that ' He said, (He will be given the strength of a hundred (men).)'' At -Tirmidhi also recorded it and said, "Sahih Gharib. '' Abu Al-Qasim At -Tabarani recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah was asked, "O Allah's Messenger! Will we have sexual intercourse with our wives in Paradise'' He said, (The man will be able to have sexual intercourse with a hundred virgins in one day.) Al-Hafiz Abu ` Abdullah Al-Maqdisi said, "In my view, this Hadith meets the criteria of the Sahih, and Allah knows best” [Tasfir Ibn Kathir, The Reward of Those on the Right After]For those Muslims who might be having a challenge of the possibility of the strength they could have to face up the task, they are already encouraged and assured that they will be given the required vigor. How would you blame a man who has formed this as a believer system not to wrap himself with a bomb with the intention of killing himself and others?Here is Al-Jalalayn’s comment on Qur’an 56:36:“and made them virgins, immaculate - every time their spouses enter them they find them virgins, nor is there any pain [of defloration]”[Tafsir al-Jalalayn interpretation on Qur’an 56:36]Lastly, here is a quote from another Hadith:"The Holy Prophet said: 'The believer will be given such and such strength in Paradise for sexual intercourse. It was questioned: O prophet of Allah! can he do that? He said: "He will be given the strength of one hundred persons." [Mishkat al-Masabih Book IV, Chapter XLII, Paradise and Hell, Hadith Number 24]It is really amazing how these virgins will never experience pain at their defloration, nothing like the screaming that some women experience during intercourse, additionally, we are made to know that they will perpetually remain virgins anytime they are about being penetrated. Do you expect a man who has been promised endless sexual pleasure with “virgins” in paradise, and not anticipate the whole fantasy becoming a reality? This is the mindset of the Arabians who were present with Muhammad when he was explaining the benefits of paradise to them, and unfortunately, this is the mentality of billions of Muslim men all over the world today!!!Little wonder we see the Muslims craving for the hereafter with such huge expectation, and try all their possible best to participate in the rites that will eventually catapult them into Allah’s Paradise. There is need to pity and pray for these deceived souls.However, Allah had promised unlimited sex and pleasure for the Muslims men, yet this is not enough to keep the fun going. There is the need to add supplementary sensation to make the atmosphere livelier and romantic. After much sex, Allah remembered that a great river of wine will do a lot of good – something the Arabians had always wanted.“The description of Paradise which the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2) have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels?”[Qur’an 47: 15]The wines will serve as a coolant and an energizer after a long period of marathon sexual intercourse! Is that not interesting? Note that Allah said it is going to be “rivers of wine” meaning that there is nothing like shortage or scarcity, it is going to be made abundantly available to those who are interested in it.With cups, and jugs, and a glass from the flowing wine,   [Qur’an 56:18]  But wait a minute, was wine not considered haram [forbidden] in Islam? How come what was considered to be a sin is now allowed in Paradise? Here are facts to show that wine was prohibited by Allah himself:“Narrated By Abu Jamra: ….Do you know what is meant by believing in Allah Alone?" They replied, "Allah and His Apostle know better." Thereupon the Prophet said, "It means:1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Apostle.2. To offer prayers perfectly.3. To pay the Zakat (obligatory charity).4. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan.5. And to pay Al-Khumus (one fifth of the booty to be given in Allah's Cause).Then he forbade them four things, namely, Hantam, Dubba,' Naqir Ann Muzaffat or Muqaiyar; (These were the names of pots in which Alcoholic drinks were prepared) (The Prophet mentioned the container of wine and he meant the wine itself). The Prophet further said (to them): "Memorize them (these instructions) and convey them to the people whom you have left behind." [Sahih Bukhari Vol 1, Book 2. Number 50] Muhammad in conjunction with Allah had forbidden this in Mecca long time ago:“Narrated By Jabir bin 'Abdullah: That he heard Allah's Apostle saying in the year of the Conquest (of Mecca) while he was in Mecca, "Allah and His Apostle have made the selling of wine (i.e. alcoholic drinks) unlawful” [Sahih Bukhari Vol 5, Book 59. Number 590]In order to show how serious the issue of wine is and how it can affect a whole destiny of thousands and billions of people, Allah gave Muhammad this test:“Narrated By Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle was presented with two cups one containing wine and the other milk on the night of his night journey at Jerusalem. He looked at it and took the milk. Gabriel said, "Thanks to Allah Who guided you to the Fitra (i.e. Islam); if you had taken the wine, your followers would have gone astray” [Sahih Bukhari Vol 6, Book 60. Number 232]Can you envisage how Muslims would have gone astray and what would have been their fate if only Muhammad drank of the wine instead of the milk? How can the destinies of billions of people be tied to a wine?Just as a way of teaching that nobody has the right to sip it in his domain and that Allah was not happy with such act, Muhammad had to command a man who violates this law to be beaten to teach others a lesson, it was such a serious matter. We read the following account in the Hadith:“Narrated By Abu Salama: Abu Huraira said, "A man who drank wine was brought to the Prophet. The Prophet said, 'Beat him!" Abu Huraira added, "So some of us beat him with our hands, and some with their shoes, and some with their garments (by twisting it) like a lash, and then when we finished, someone said to him, 'May Allah disgrace you!' On that the Prophet said, 'Do not say so, for you are helping Satan to overpower”[Sahih Bukhari Vol 8, Book 81. Number 768] And we have examples of early Muslims who maintain this practice and will not dare violate it, Anas was one of such Muslims:“Narrated By Anas: While I was waiting on my uncles and serving them with (wine prepared from) dates... and I was the youngest of them... it was said, "Alcoholic drinks have been prohibited." So they said (to me), "Throw it away." So I threw it away” [Sahih Bukhari Vol 7, Number 489]In the face of all these evidences we have before us, how come the Muslims will be permitted what they are prohibited to do here on earth in paradise? Allah must have been aware that this line of thought would have been creating a serious concern in the mind of his followers, and in order to encourage them about this, he told them that the wine will not be intoxicating!“Wherefrom they will get neither any aching of the head, nor any intoxication”[Qur’an 56:19]  What a nice strategy to cover up. This is pure deception. How can the Muslims deal with the reality of the fact that these are conjured lies and fabrication? What could have made a god to contradict himself just to please his creatures? We must remember that the reason why all these packages were brought forth is to encourage the Muslims men to obey Allah and carry out his orders; Allah knew that they needed a motivating factor. He didn’t just give them what they needed; but what they had been craving for.I found this thought very interesting and I consider sharing it:“What good would be of Paradise without rivers of wine for his followers too? Wine was an extremely precious commodity in the dry deserts of Arabia, where it was rare to find vineyards. Muhammad had a problem here, he had to include wine in his 'Paradise-Package', but how could he include it in the list when Allah had declared intoxicants as sinful. The only way to do this was to somehow claim that the wine in the promised Paradise was not intoxicating and therefore not sinful! Never mind the fact that wine by nature contains alcohol which is intoxicating”.[Source: Islam Watch]All of a sudden, it dawned on Muhammad that exercising much muscular efforts in deflowering the “everlasting virgins” with only wine will not be enough to stabilize the body temperature and metabolism, before the Muslims ever think of this at all, the All-knowing Allah had provided enough fruit to take care of that.This expression perfectly explains this:“So far Prophet Muhammad has presented a very appetizing picture of Paradise, but then it struck him that sex is no fun on an empty stomach. Besides that one needs lots of nutrition in order to have the energy to perform with so many Houris and young boys. The prophet was an expert on such matters, as having honoured every one of his numerous wives and mistresses with a nightly visitation on one single night. Besides, the only fruits he had ever gotten to taste in this life were some dates and dry pomegranates. So, heaven had to be furnished with an inexhaustible supply of every variety of fruits.”[Source: Islam Watch] Here is what Allah said concerning this fruits. We read in the Qur’an:“Therein for you will be fruits in plenty, of which you will eat (as you desire)”[Qur’an 43: 73]There is no doubt that you have limited fruits in the deserts because of the geographical characteristic of such environment. The Arabians have always been craving for this, though they are only able to get few ones that graciously grow in such intimidating environment. In order to captivate the minds of his followers and those who will be interested in such things, Allah through Muhammad had to promise them “plenty” of these fruits in his paradise. Is it not exciting to note that abundance always has a part to play in all of the promises?All these are aimed at inspiring the Muslims to execute Allah’s desire. Yet Allah promises more:“In them (both) will be two springs flowing (free)Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?   In them (both) will be every kind of fruit in pairs”[Qur’an 55:50 - 52]   There is one more thing worthy of consideration; Allah told us that there will be fountain in his paradise. We may wonder why Allah mentioned this as well, but if we remember the background from which the promises were given, we will have an understanding of the whole plan. Allah had to assure the Muslims that they will have opportunity and access to every kind of fruit they can ever imagine in their life. This creates an impression that the paradise is a place where you can get “all you ever desired”. Talking about this, Allah said in the Qur’an:“In them (both) will be every kind of fruit in pairs”[Qur’an 55:22]Unlike the fruits that we have on earth where we have to labour to pluck and get them ready for consumption, there would not be any struggle for the Muslims to reach out to the fruit in Allah’s Paradise, once they desire it, it is already within reach:“Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade, and the fruits of the two Gardens will be near at hand”[Qur’an 55: 54]Water is not left out as one of the blessings that the Muslims will enjoy in Allah’s paradise. Knowing full well that this is one of the resources that are hardly found in desert areas, Allah promised to provide this commodity that is mostly scarce in the desert:“But, for those who fear their Lord, are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); therein are they to dwell (for ever), an entertainment from Allah; and that which is with Allah is the Best for Al­Abrar (those who are obedient to Allah and follow strictly His Orders)”[Qur’an 3: 198]Notice that the river is always flowing:Truly, Allah will admit those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, to Gardens underneath which rivers flow (in Paradise), wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls and their garments therein will be of silk”[Qur’an 22: 23]This indicates that there will be unlimited source of water available for the Muslims to do whatever they want to do, a onetime meager commodity will now be made abundantly accessible to all and sundry who are able to find their way into Allah‘s Paradise. Thanks to Allah who knew that the Arabians will eventually fall for this.If there is one thing that stands out in all of this description, it is the fact that these are just fabrications and fantasies that only motivate the mind to do what it was not ready to do. If you ever wondered why the Muslims have so much passion to serve Allah with all of their lives and resources, you have just found out the reason!It is a great pity that women are left out of these supposedly great enjoyments Allah had prepared for his followers in his paradise. If you want to know more on why the Muslim women are forgotten and left out of this whole bliss, you can read the book “Muslimah: The forgotten slaves of Allah”, you will discover that Allah has no plan for the Muslim women in Paradise.Somebody might be tempted to ask, what will eventually happen to the fruits and drink that will be given in Allah’s paradise? Since we have been told that the wines are unlimited and the food are also available in bounties, where will digested food go or will they vanished into the thin air?For those who are wondering what will happen to the food and the digestion process, here is an all-in-one solution provided by Allah in his paradise to take care of excreta and things related to that process:“Jabir reported: I heard Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying that the inmates of Paradise would eat and drink but would neither spit, nor pass water, nor void excrement, nor suffer catarrah. It was said: Then, what would happen with food? Thereupon he said: They would belch and sweat (and it would be over with their food), and their sweat would be that of musk and they would glorify and praise Allah as easily as you breathe”[Sahih Muslim, Book 40. Number 6798]At the end of all these fun and merriment, I can imagine how messy and untidy Allah’s paradise will look like. From the dipping of wines to the sharing of fruits down to the splashing of water all over, someone wondered and asked:“What I want to know, is who cleaning up the mess around paradise?...Who does the heavy janitorial and who does the laundry? With this huge population of copulating people, eating, drinking, sexing, they must be making a big mess. Wine spills, dropped food, and body fluids make for one dirty carpet. And then there are all those body fluid stains on all that silk and fancy cloth...Aisha used to clean Muhammad’s stains, but this is a much bigger job...Just how does the janitor manage cleaning around thousands of writhing virgins and jihadi's? Inquiring minds want to know... “As we can see, the luxury in Allah’s paradise is second to none, and is an essential and integral part of the Muslim world today. Now we understand what Allah’s Paradise is all about, but wait a minute, what “if” all these promises are bogus and based on fallacy, what will be the fate of thousands of Muslims all over the world. Like Evang Isang Udo-Akagha would say “It is indeed a serious matter” CHAPTER THREE CRIITICAL EVALUATION OF THE CONTENT OF ALLAH’S PROMISES. We have seen how Allah beautifully painted the pictures of his paradise. Allah gave us the visual illustration of the body structure of the virgins and what they look like, how scrumptious the fruit will taste, how energizing the sipping of the fresh wine shall be and not forgetting how refreshing it is to have aesthetical fountains all around the place for a peaceful and ideal environment. Having said all these, how gloomy will it seem to realise that all of these are just a piece of fairy tale? There is nobody who has anchored his hope on these promises, and later discovers them to be a hoax will remain the same. He will feel cheated, deceived, and above all eternally doomed.How do we know if all these promises are true, how can we tell if they are not just empty word spoken to arouse a person’s hope and aspiration, how can we prove the authenticity of these? The only way is to put it to test.Let us start with this; we have established earlier in chapter one that according to Allah, the Muslims who engage in “good deed” has nothing to fear; because those good and righteous deeds of his will grant him access to paradise. But this is not only an error but a great omission that Muhammad later had to correct realizing the fallibility of the statement. We read:Narrated By Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise." (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet's companions) said, 'Not even you, O Allah's Apostle?' He said, "Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His favour and mercy on me." So be moderate in your religious deeds and do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah."[Sahih Bukhari, Vol 7, Book 70. Number 577]There is a serious challenge. If the Muslims have been assured that their good deeds will help them in the last days and Allah through Muhammad is now projecting something else, then, there is a big problem here. This implies that, good deeds are not enough for any Muslim to enter the paradise of Allah, though he performs them every day. The hope of billions of Muslims who had been taught this ideology had been shattered, how then can they deal with this disappointment?We would have come to the conclusion that anyone who does good deeds, at least, would have been considered by Allah as a candidate fit for his paradise. Yet, we are told that some Muslims who perform the good deeds will still be dwellers of hell:“Imran b. Husain reported that it was said to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him): Has there been drawn a distinction between the people of Paradise and the denizens of hell? He said: Yes. It was again said: (If it is so), then What is the use of doing good deeds? Thereupon he said: Everyone is facilitated in what has been created for him.”[Sahih Muslim, Book 33. Number 6404]This Hadith clearly states that some people who have been predestined to go to hell will surely go there no matter the good deeds they performed! Now, if the life of a man has been predestined or willed to hell fire, with or without good deeds, what then is the importance of the good deeds? Thousands of Muslims all over the globe belief that there is a place for them in Allah’s paradise, and also hope that one day, they will meet with their hearts’ desires and all of what Allah has promise for them in his paradise. But then, we read of a shocking yet an attention-grabbing conversation between Muhammad and his follower in the Hadith about Paradise:Narrated By Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "From my followers there will enter Paradise a crowd, seventy thousand in number whose faces will glitter as the moon does when it is full." On hearing that, 'Ukasha bin Mihsan Al-Asdi got up, lifting his covering sheet, and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Invoke Allah that He may make me one of them." The Prophet said, "O Allah, make him one of them." Another man from the Ansar got up and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me one of them. "The Prophet said (to him), "'Ukasha has preceded you”[Sahih Bukhari Vol 8, Book 76, Number 550]The conversation here is very clear. Muhammad said it is only 72,000 of his followers that will have access to paradise!  Whereas, we have billions of Muslims today in the world, what will be the fate of these ones, what will happen to their destiny? Realizing how disturbing this statement could be, one of the followers [Ukasha] asked Muhammad to be numbered among the few thousands that will make it to Allah’s paradise and his request was immediately granted.Seeing what had just transpired another person from the Ansar also made the same request, because he remembered all the good things that they have been promised so far, unfortunately, his request was met with a disappointment. That was indeed a shattered hope!How will Muslims today have the hope and assurance of being in this Paradise? Or can we conclude that Allah was not aware that there will be billions of Muslims in the world today? What is the hope for the ones who are just entering the fold of Islam? Where do they fit into in Allah’s paradise? These are serious questions that need urgent answers.Is there any hope for those who have died to gain access into Allah’s paradise? We read in the Hadith how great efforts were made to intercede for those who died in order that Allah might grant them access into his paradise. To a large extent, this is what forms “FIDAU” the 8th day’s prayers that the Muslims pray for the dead so that the deceased can be accepted and granted into Allah’s paradise! “Narrated By Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari: The Prophet started ascending a high place or hill. A man (amongst his companions) ascended it and shouted in a loud voice, "La ilaha illal-lahu wallahu Akbar." (At that time) Allah's Apostle was riding his mule. Allah's Apostle said, "You are not calling upon a deaf or an absent one." and added, "O Abu Musa (or, O 'Abdullah)! Shall I tell you a sentence from the treasure of Paradise?" I said, "Yes." He said, "La haul a wala quwwata illa billah."[Sahih Bukhari Vol 8, Book 75. Number 418]This is some of the words that the Muslims who are alive recited over and over again with the hope that they help the deceased have access into Allah’s paradise. This also explains the reason why the Muslims will always pray for Muhammad, because they are not sure, perhaps he is in heaven or not. Allah commands the Muslims as follows:“He it is Who sends Salat (His blessings) on you, and his Angels too (ask Allah to bless and forgive you), that He may bring you out from darkness (of disbelief and polytheism) into light (of Belief and Islamic Monotheism). And He is Ever Most Merciful to the believers”[Qur’an 33: 43]Allah ordered his Angels and the rest of the Muslims to continually ask for forgiveness of sin for Muhammad, and the Muslims are still reciting this prayer today, which is why whenever the name Muhammad is mentioned, it will always being followed by “peace be unto him” [PBUH]. This was so serious and dear to Allah that he had to reveal it once again:“Allah sends His Salat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy, etc.) on the Prophet (Muhammad SAW) and also his angels too (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad SAW), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As­Salamu 'Alaikum)”[Qur’an 33:56]In the midst of all the promises we have examined above, we can still see and feels the cloud of doubt and uncertainty with the prophet of Islam himself. In one of his discussion on this subject, Muhammad confessed and told his followers that even though he is a messenger of Allah; he was not so sure what Allah will do to him. We read in the Hadith:“Narrated By Kharija bin Zaid bin Thabit: Um Al-'Ala', an Ansari woman who gave the pledge of allegiance to the Prophet said to me, "The emigrants were distributed amongst us by drawing lots and we got in our share 'Uthman bin Maz'un. We made him stay with us in our house. Then he suffered from a disease which proved fatal when he died and was given a bath and was shrouded in his clothes, Allah's Apostle came I said, 'May Allah be merciful to you, O Abu As-Sa'ib! I testify that Allah has honoured you'. The Prophet said, 'How do you know that Allah has honoured him?' I replied, 'O Allah's Apostle! Let my father be sacrificed for you! On whom else shall Allah bestow His honour?' The Prophet said, 'No doubt, death came to him. By Allah, I too wish him good, but by Allah, I do not know what Allah will do with me though I am Allah's Apostle.' By Allah, I never attested the piety of anyone after that."[Sahih Bukhari Vol 2, Book 23. Number 334] [Emphasis mine]This is such a sad and heartbreaking declaration, if Muhammad who is said to be the example for the Muslims could not be sure of his own assurance of acceptance before Allah or having access into his paradise, how much more those who are following in his footsteps?Establishing Muhammad’s uncertainty in entering Paradise, we read from the works of Ibn Kathir, an Islamic scholar and historian:(How do you know that Allah has honored him?) I said, ` I do not know -- may my father and mother both be ransoms for you! ‘Allah’s Messenger then said, (As for him, certainty (death) has reached him from his Lord, and I surely wish well for him. But by Allah, even though I am Allah's Messenger, I do not know what will happen to me (after death). ) I then said, ` Never will I claim a person to be pious after this. ‘This incident caused me some distress, and I went to sleep thereafter. I saw in my dream that ` Uthman owned a running water spring. I went to Allah's Messenger and told him about that. [Tasfir Ibn Kathir, Refuting Claims of the Idolators about the Qur'an and the Messenger]What is the hope of entering a paradise so beautifully described with no assurance of being there? What use is Allah’s paradise when the leader of all Muslims is not sure if he will be a part of it, despite all the thousands of prayers that are being offered on his behalf every blessed day?To encourage and motivate him, Allah assures Muhammad of a special place in his paradise, the Qur’an reports:Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) Al-Kauthar (a river in paradise);[Qur’an 108: 1]However, Allah had given him several promises and assurance, Muhammad knew right in his heart that this might be an illusion and deception. Muhammad, knowing all kind of things that he had involved himself in would pray vigorously:Narrated By 'Aisha: The Prophet used to say, "O Allah! I seek refuge with You from laziness and geriatric old age, from all kinds of sins and from being in debt; from the affliction of the Fire and from the punishment of the Fire and from the evil of the affliction of wealth; and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of poverty, and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of Al-Mesiah Ad-Dajjal. O Allah! Wash away my sins with the water of snow and hail, and cleanse my heart from all the sins as a white garment is cleansed from the filth, and let there be a long distance between me and my sins, as You made east and west far from each other."[Sahih Bukhari, Vol 8, Book 75. Number379]If there is a person that should be sure of entering Allah’s paradise, it must have been no other person than Muhammad. He was so close to Allah that at times Allah calls him into a conference in order to make a decision with him. Muhammad was indeed close to Allah. [Qur’an 33:36]Worst still is the fact that Muhammad was not precisely sure if he will escape the torment of the grave according to the Islamic theology. We read in the Hadith:“Narrated By Masruq: 'Aisha said that a Jewess came to her and mentioned the punishment in the grave, saying to her, "May Allah protect you from the punishment of the grave." 'Aisha then asked Allah's Apostle about the punishment of the grave. He said, "Yes, (there is) punishment in the grave." 'Aisha added, "After that I never saw Allah's Apostle but seeking refuge with Allah from the punishment in the grave in every prayer he prayed."[Sahih Bukhari Vol 2, Book 23, Number 454]To read more about the untold truths about Muhammad, read up the book “Muhammad: The Untold Story” by the same author.Some Muslims who were given the hope of paradise were told that they will have to taste Hell fire for a while before they can enjoy the benefit that Allah has for them there, in explaining this, we read in the Hadith:“Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Verily people would be brought out from the Fire, and they would be burnt except the exterior (surfaces, fronts) of their faces; and they would enter paradise”[Sahih Muslim Book 1, Number 370]What is the use of going to Hell before entering paradise? And who said immediately people enter hell, they will still be brought out of it again? This is a clear deception and a blatant lie. These lies must be exposed. What will be the hope of those who have died many years before? How can they correct the error and mistake they have made in believing such a lie as this?For those who think that they can enter Allah’s paradise by suicide bombing, shocking enough, Allah has already condemned such act and spell doom for anyone who dare. Allah explains in the Qur’an:And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.[Qur’an 2: 195 Yusuf Ali Translation]Looking at this, who are the group of people who cause self-destruction today? Though they think they were doing this in accordance to the commands of Allah, yet he has also rejected this act all together. What a pity!Allah was able to deceive Muhammad alongside his followers some years ago, but unfortunately, these lies are still spreading today. The Allah’s paradise was only a motivation for the Muslims to carry out Allah’s ultimate plan which is actually deception and perpetual destruction.Allah’s paradise as we have seen is nothing more than a facade, hoax and a tool of self-destruction. For how long do we have to remain silent and allow these lies to spread? How many souls do we have left who are yet to be controlled by this terrible vicious fabrication that have blinded the human mind!If you are Muslim and you are hoping to be in Allah’s Paradise one day, now that you have discovered the truth about his Paradise, will you make a change and flee for your life or continue to wallow in the Island of deception that you have been fed with for years.The true God indeed desire that you know the truth, that was why you came across this book, it was not a mistake neither was it an accident that you are reading this, it is because God wants you to be release from the errors that has held thousands of people bound and leading yet many untold millions into a hopeless eternity.   If you would like to make a decision please, feel free to contact us through the address as the end of the book, we will be glad to hear from you.It is time for the Church [You and I] to rise and expose these lies, we have been called to be a light to the world, how can we have the light and hid it under the bushel, or do we just keep the light within the four walls of the Church?The Lord is waiting for those who will be bold enough to take the gospel to the perishing world, he is also interested in the Muslims too, he wants to save and redeem them as his Children. Are you willing to yield to the call or will you just fold your hands and say that you are less concerned?The time to work is now! For More information or enquiry:Love A Muslim Ministry26, Oduyemi Street, Anifowoshe, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.Email: loveamuslim@gmail.comWebsite: loveamuslim.org Bibliography Noble Qur’an translated by Dr. Muhammed Mushin Khan and Dr. Muhammed Taqui-ud-Din Al-Hilali. Copyright © 1996 Maktaba Dar-us-Salam. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Farid, Malik Ghulam. The Holy Qur’an: Arabic text with English translation and short commentary. (Islam International Publications Ltd UK) 2OO2]The Noble Qur'an, English Revised and Edited by Saheeh International, AbulQasim Publishing House, 1997.Sahih Al-Bukhari, translated by Dr. Muhammed Mushin Khan. Darusalam, Riyadh-Saudi Arabia, 1997.[Sahih Muslim, Book 40. Paradise, Number 6781]The Meaning of the glorious Qur’an by M. Pickthall. Text and Explanatory Translation. Taj Art Press, Manghopir Road, Karachi. 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