In Pakistanthe Taliban flogged a teenage girl in front of a crowd, as two men held her face down in the dirt. But there is the beginning of an intellectual reform movement in the Islamic world, and one window into this awakening was an international conference this week at the University of Notre Dame on the latest scholarship about the Koran. The Notre Dame conference probably could not have occurred in a Muslim country, for the rigorous application of historical analysis to the Koran is as controversial today in the Muslim world as its application to the Bible was in the s.
Business is booming for the German company marketing virginity, with the massive influx of refugees from mainly-Muslim countries into Germany helping to boost sales. The concept of a hymen that can be purchased online originated a short while ago in China targeting the Middle Eastern market. Now the Made in Germany marque is cashing in on what it claims is a desperate need among many Muslim women to pretend they are virgins before marriage.
Palestinian Media Watch reports : "Following a recent terror attack in which the terrorist stabbed and wounded 4 Israeli policemen, a host on official PA TV read a poem in the terrorist's honor. The poem glorifies Martyrdom-death in battle and states that the 72 'Dark-Eyed' Virgins in Paradise who the Martyr marries according to Islamic tradition, are 'yearning' for the Palestinian Martyr. The proper Arabic term for these entities is al-hour al-'ayncommonly known by the English transliteration as houris.
Abu Wardeh was quoted as saying: "I described to him how God would compensate the martyr for sacrificing his life for his land. If you become a martyr, God will give you 70 virgins, 70 wives and everlasting happiness. But I am running ahead of things. Since September 11, news stories have repeated the story of suicide bombers and their heavenly rewards, and equally Muslim scholars and Western apologists of Islam have repeated that suicide is forbidden in Islam.
The never-ending myth revolving around the "72 virgins" in Islam has been at the center of debate for decades Mohammad Tawhidian Australian-Iraqi Muslim preacher, recently shared a tweet in which he dissed the "72 virgins" theory which many believe to be an Islamic notion. Tawhidi debunked the concept and explained how its sole purpose is to perpetuate misogyny.
This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over artists in the first two years alone. It tells the story of Sahar Salam, a Muslim American New Yorker approaching 30 and feeling the cultural pressure from her Bangladeshi mother to settle down.
Reader Alex has several questions about the supposed Islamic belief in men receiving 72 virgins in the afterlife:. Seriously, this would require a huge staff of people to coordinate this effort. The [72 Virgins] belief is to mainstream Muslims as the belief that we will one day be issued wings and a harp, and walk on clouds, is to mainstream Christians.
The houris are mentioned in several passages of the Quran, always in plural form. No specifics are ever given, though, as to the number of houris that should be available to each believer. As for the gender of the houris, it has traditionally been believed that they are beautiful women and a reward for believing men,  with numerous hadith and tafsir describing them as such.
See comments. If an IS militant dies in battle and is awarded his 72 "houris" the heavenly maidens whom, according to IS ideology, militants are given if they are killed in battlewill he forget all about his wife? It sounds like the opening lines of a joke.