Immediately after the terrorist attack in September, it became common
knowledge that religion was their primary motivation. But the western mind
had difficulty comprehending how killing innocent civilians could merit
immediate entrance to heaven.
Many have wondered what kind of a god would bless such a slaughter.
Muslim leadership was also divided. Some Muslims danced in the streets
for joy and others said, "Oh! No! This is not true Islam. We are peace
loving and Allah is a benevolent and merciful god."
Not only were western Christians confused but it seemed that the Muslim
world was also.
Author G.J.O. Moshay saw this quandary firsthand in his home country
of Nigeria. He decided that both Muslims and Christians needed a better
understanding of Allah. In his book,
Who is this Allah? he examines various
Islamic teachings that shed light on that question.
Moshay says that one way to understand a god is to examine his heaven.
News reports describe the hopes of the terrorists that their martyrdom
would gain them immediate entrance to "paradise" where rivers of wine
and harems of virgins awaited.
Moshay points out that the "rivers of wine" mentioned in the Koran are
an embarrassment to Muslim scholars because, in another place, the Koran
implies that no alcoholic will get to heaven. Some try to say that the
wine is probably non-alcoholic or if it is, that that is the reason to
abstain here, since there will be plenty of it in heaven.
The other main attraction in Muslim heaven is the unlimited sexual pleasures.
Moshay quotes one Hadith (official Muslim tradition) that says, "The
lowliest of the inhabitants of paradise will be he who has eighty
thousand servants, seventy-two wives..." The Koran speaks of virgin maidens
who will be enjoyed by men with enhanced sexual stamina.
Moshay draws a parallel between the Muslim concept of heaven and
Mohammed`s life style. History is unclear but Mohammed had somewhere between
9 and 29 wives. This may not have included sex slaves kept as booty from his
This appears to be approved by the Koran along with "temporary wives"
that may last a night or longer wherever a Muslim lodges.
Moshay says, "Muslim historians have pointed out that life in pre-Islamic
Arabia was a life of 'the three Ws` - wine, women and war." Robert Morey in
his book "Islamic Invasion" observes that,
"Islam is actually a 'deification' of seventh-century Arabian culture."
Is it any wonder that, when Mohammed was "inspired" to establish his
new religion, it retained these elements?
In fact, if one asks where Allah is when all these orgies take place,
Moshay makes another interesting observation, that nowhere in the Koran is
there any evidence that Allah is even present. No more "worship" is prescribed.
Earthly rituals are over and the Muslim is forever immersed in unlimited
If the Muslim would care to examine the contrast between his "paradise" and
the biblical heaven, he would find a far different eternity. Rather than
a perpetual physical indulgence, heaven for the Christian is a final reunion
with his Creator and the One who lovingly redeemed him from such sinful
dissipation. Is not the promise that "thus shall we ever be with the Lord"
a greater thing to spend our lives for than to extinguish your life in a
suicide mission on the vague hope of entrance into Allah`s playboy mansion?