A False Hope for the Muslim

On the night of October 19th I was reading Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards, and at pages 139 to 141, under the chapter titled God, the Best Portion of the Christian, I read, quote:

1. A godly man prefers God before anything else in heaven. First, the godly prefer God before anything else that is actually in heaven. Every godly man has his heart set on heaven. His affections are mainly set on what it will be like there. Heaven is his “true” country and inheritance. He has the same respect of heaven as a traveler in a distant land has to his home country. The traveler can be content to be in a strange land for a while, but he knows his own native land is his true home and he misses it. Hebrews 11:13, etc. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things, declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly.”

The respect that a godly person has to heaven can be compared to the respect that a child, when he is abroad, has to his father’s house. He can be contented abroad for a short time; but ultimately he wants to go “home.” Heaven is the true saint’s Father’s house: John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” John 20:17, “I ascend to my Father and your Father.”

Now, the main reason that the godly man has his heart set on heaven is that God is there. It is the dwelling place of his Lord. It is the place where God is gloriously present, where His love is gloriously manifested, where the godly will ultimately be with Him.

He will ultimately get to see God as He really is. He will get to love, serve, praise, and enjoy Him perfectly and forever. If God and Jesus Christ were not in heaven, he would not earnestly long for it. Nor would he take so much trouble in a laborious travel through the wilderness. Can the mere consideration that he is going to heaven when he dies, comfort a man under intense toil and affliction? The martyrs would never have undergone cruel sufferings from their persecutors with a cheerful prospect of going to heaven. They did it because of the expectation of being with Christ. They would not have forsaken all their earthly possessions, their earthly friends, as many thousands of them have done wandering about in poverty and banishment, being destitute, afflicted, tormented, in hopes of exchanging their earthly for a heavenly inheritance, were it not that they hope to be with their glorious Redeemer and heavenly Father.

The believer’s heart is in heaven, because his treasure is there. Christ is the believer’s treasure.

Second, a godly man prefers God above all else, including anything that might be in heaven. Not only is there nothing actually in heaven which is to be worshipped and longed for, but neither is there anything that can be a possibility to be there which can be desired equally with God.

Some men dream of enjoyments to be in heaven quite different from those actually taught in the Scriptures. The Muslims, for example, suppose that the delights in heaven will be all kinds of sensual and sexual pleasures. Mohammed has deceived them to think that the lusts and carnal appetites of men are the most to be desired. He flattered his followers with this notion.

But the true saint could not dream of anything more agreeable to his desires than what is revealed in the Word of God. Heaven is enjoying the glorious God and the Lord Jesus Christ!

There he shall have all sin taken away, and be perfectly conformed to the image of Christ. He shall spend an eternity in exalted expressions of love to Him, and in the enjoyment of His love. If God was not to be enjoyed in heaven, but only vast wealth, immense treasures of silver, and gold, then heaven could be obtained on earth! A man could have all of these things plus an abundance of the greatest sensual delights and pleasures. These will never make up for the need of God and Christ, and the enjoyment of Them in heaven.

If heaven was void of God, it would indeed be an empty, melancholy place.

The godly have been made sensible to the fact that creature-enjoyments cannot satisfy the soul. Nothing can truly content them but God Himself. Offer a true saint anything you want, but if you deny him God, he will be miserable. God is the center of his desires; and as long as you keep his soul from its proper center, it will not rest. (End-quote, emphasis added in the original text)

When reading this the thought dawned upon me: If Muslim men are promised seventy-two virgins (houri) in heaven for their hand in jihad, which incidentally is a violation of God’s Sixth (murder) and Seventh (adultery) Commandments, then what are Muslim women offered – seventy-two virgin men? Or are they excluded from receiving a reward? This would be separatism. But it would appear that all Muslims would be rewarded. If they, the women, also receive the reward, this would be whoredom – but are they also to receive virgin maidens as there would appear to be no description for the “virgin males.” This would be promiscuity – fornication!!!

So why would there be a reward to appeal to the sensual appetites of a man if they were not to have the virgins for anything other than sexual pleasure? Consider this for a moment – if a Muslim is to receive seventy-two virgins (houri), in accordance with the “holy” writings of the Hadiths, this would imply that sexual acts would then take place with them in paradise (heaven). If this is the case, and heaven is God’s throne room, what the Muslim faith would then imply is that it is alright to have sexual intercourse in the presence of Almighty God and that God would allow this fornication. How else would you then reconcile the necessity to receive virgins to be your possession when you should be worshipping God in His presence. For this would no doubt be fornication. What an abomination!!! The Bible states that no fornicator will inherit the kingdom of God (See 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 etc).

Jesus answered a question put to Him by the Sadducees regarding the Resurrection, and this is what He says in God’s Word recorded in Luke 20:27-40 (King James Version):

27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,
28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.
30 And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.
31 And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died.
32 Last of all the woman died also.
33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.
34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.
40 And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.

Since the Lord Jesus Christ said there would be no marriage in heaven why would the Muslim faith hold to a promise of receiving a reward of virgins when they cannot marry them. What purpose would they serve him other than to satisfy his sensual and sexual pleasures. And we will see that this is the very reason, as you will see from some Islam scholars hereunder, and I do forewarn sensitive readers about the content. Here is quotes that appears at the WikiIslam page 72 Virgins, which reads as folows:

In Islam, the concept of 72 virgins (houri) refers to an aspect of paradise. In the Sunan al-Tirmidhi by Imam at-Tirmidhi, it states:

“It was mentioned by Daraj Ibn Abi Hatim, that Abu al-Haytham ‘Adullah Ibn Wahb narrated from Abu Sa’id al-Khudhri, who heard the Prophet Muhammad PBUH saying, ‘The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy-two houri, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine and ruby, as wide as the distance from al-Jabiyyah to San’a.”[1] Sunan al-Tirmidhi Vol. IV, Chapters on “The Features of Heaven as described by the Messenger of Allah”, ch. 21 “About the Smallest Reward for the People of Heaven”, hadith 2687

This concept is also quoted by Ibn Kathir, in his Qur’anic Commentary of Qur’an 55:72 in the Tafsir ibn Kathir. Orthodox Muslim theologians such as al Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and Al-Ash’ari (died 935 CE) have “admitted sensual pleasures into paradise”. The sensual pleasures are graphically elaborated by Al-Suyuti (died 1505 ), Koranic commentator and polymath. He wrote:

“Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal; the sensation that you feel each time you make love is utterly delicious and out of this world and were you to experience it in this world you would faint. Each chosen one [i.e. Muslim] will marry seventy [sic] houris, besides the women he married on earth, and all will have appetizing vaginas.” Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur’an, p. 351

The descriptions you have read are nothing short of pornographic in nature and I believe this is an abomination in the sight of Almighty God – The Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. The only hope for followers of Islam is to repent and believe the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is your only HOPE (please view the videos to see the Truth).

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1. How Many Wives Will The Believers Have In Paradise? – Questions answered by Islamic scholar Gibril Haddad

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