Comments in this book numbered by 3 numbers (included 00 or 0) a few places followed by one small letter = clear cases. Comments numbered by 00 or 0 followed by 1, 2 or 3 letters (big or small) = likely cases.
The Muslim Paradise as described in the Quran is very down to earth, to say it like that. It all starts with the Day of Doom. Then every human is resurrected – not as souls, but as recreated humans in bones and muscles and blood and skin, just like they were in their first life on Earth, but like young adults.
This was difficult for the old Arab to accept – resurrection most religions have, but resurrection in body, was a bit far out for them. What f. ex. if a man was eaten by animals, not to mention by canibals?
Everybody will have to decide for themselves if this scenario was and is something a god would settle for – after all a scenario with souls instead of bodies in many ways is a good idea. And a real god can have things as he likes best – at least if he is omniscient and omnipotent.
The next step is to split the good ones from the bad ones. How this is done is not clearly explained in the Quran, but according to other Muslim sources, Muhammad on his “night journey” saw it done by Adam in the first and lowest of the 7 heavens the Quran wrongly tells about (as the Quran describes them as material heavens possible to fasten the stars to, it is easy to know that this is wrong). There a man (Adam) sat sorting them – and at least some of the ones destined for Hell had grotesque shapes according to the Hadiths (if they kept those shapes in Hell is not said). But there are in the Quran descriptions of them simply being guided right and left and the best ranged specially (= 3 groups) – with the best and the lucky ones guided right destined for Paradise, whereas the ones guided left end in Hell.
There are 7 heavens in the Muslim paradise – most of them just for extra special humans, or more correct prophets. Jesus f. ex. is only qualified for the 2. heaven (Jesus is the main competitor to Muhammad, and had to be ranged low to make Muhammad the best of the two), whereas a higher valid person like Joseph - the young man meeting Pharaoh – (also he a prophet according to the Quran) was rated for 3. heaven, and really big lights like Moses in the 6.th one. And at the top was Abraham – the perfect Muslim – nearest to Allah who lives above the 7. heaven. It should be unnecessary to tell that Muhammad belongs in the same heaven as Abraham – nearest Allah (But NB: This paragraph takes its contents from other Muslim sources, mainly Ibn Ishaq, and Hadiths, not from the Quran). Just to mention it: Muhammad’s night travel in Islam is quite similar to f. ex. the Gnostic (made up) tale “Enoch’s travel to Heaven”, from a few hundred years before Muhammad. One can mention it is typical for Muhammad that hardly any of his or the Quran’s tales are originals – they are “borrowed” from many sources, included religious folk tales and fairy tales. Also this night travel – which Muslims are unable to agree on if it was real or a dream – might have been such a “loan”.
What is sure from the Quran, is that some parts of the heaven meant for ordinary Muslims and perhaps a few Christians and Jews religious enough to qualify (it is not said what happened to Pagan who never got the chance to hear about the one god, but there are indications in the Quran that Allah was reluctant to condemn them) also had parts better and more attractive than others – reserved for Muslims deserving extra standard or being a little closer to Allah. It is not very clear what the differences consisted of exactly except that warriors score high.
But what is very clear is that life in paradise was/is very similar to life on Earth in this present life – but life like the life of the rich and the very rich in this life – a life like what poor, uneducated and naïve underclass people of that time in the desert of the often hot Arabia could dream that royal life and Paradise would be like.
Paradise for normal, good Muslims was/is a garden (or some gardens – perhaps 4) with running brooks and rivers – a dream for desert people. In the garden were all kinds of fruits the Arabs knew from this life and plenty of other good food. There was shade from the hot sun – sounds like the situation in a hot desert: Paradise is too hot and therefore shade is something nice. There is said nothing about pleasant temperatures where shade is not necessary – or about sun for people from colder places liking the sun, this even though Allah is omniscient and knows that the most pleasant paradise is one where the temperature is nice and the sun is a little hot (though not too hot).
And there were excellent places - mansions - for living.
A Paradise exactly like the poor mans picture of the life of kings and other rich noblemen in and around Arabia at the time of Muhammad, with the added plus that there was and is plenty of water. Add plenty women, and the dreams of rough and simpleminded warriors were perfect. A small curiosum: Even if Paradise has plenty of good food and drinks, according to Hadith one never needs a toilet.
And women there were – in plenty. For one thing you brought your wives and slave women – and here is a small question: One place the Quran says that the women – included the houries – are of suitable age, ages that of necessity varies according to your own age. Other places it tells that all humans are resurrected young – another small, but not irrelevant glitch in the Quran. And in addition to your women from this life – if they had not disqualified themselves for Paradise – there are the mentioned houries. There is no mentioning about from where the houries come, but they are beautiful and pleasant women entirely for your pleasure – up to 70 for a really brave warrior according to other sources. Something to dream about during starry nights on long marches to war for young and not so young men. There is said nothing in the Quran directly about sex with them, but for what else do primitive, and often brutalized from war, men need beautiful women? – not for polite conversation at least.
There is said nothing about how the houries like life in this Paradise – some of the warriors after all were uneducated, rough and brutal fellows. But then what women like and think counts little in Islam – it is a man’s and a warrior’s religion, and sympaty or empaty with the underdogs hardly exists, except that you shall help children - at least the ones who have lost their parents - and the poor, and not treat your slaves too badly.(As for empaty - and especially with non-Muslims - you do not find it at all in the Quran or in Islam).
Of course in such a Paradise there are servants – just like in the rich families in this life. As said: The Muslim Paradise is like life for the rich in and around Arabia at the time of Muhammad + more water and women, as seen through the eyes of primitive poor underclass people – correction; men.
There also is not a word about from where these handsome servants – forever young – come (some Muslim scholars believed may be they were humans who had died as children). Neither a sentence about how Paradise is for them. In the Quran only the central person – man – has feelings and is a human, and he is the centre in his universe. The feelings and happiness and life of others, not to mention of non-Muslims or women or slaves, are of little or no interest or consequence – “prise be to Allah”. (This may be one of the reasons why sympathy and empathy with others runs so much deeper in Christian and some other societies – even among non-religious persons. F. ex. most help and humanitarian organisations etc. originated in the West and also often still work from the West.)
Islam has a tendency to think only about the central persons in a story and how life is for them – in this case the warrior class, and of course mainly the men.
001 2/25: “- - - their (Muslims’*) portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits therefrom, they say: ‘Why, this is what we were fed before’, for they are given things in similitude - - -”. The fruits and food in the Muslim heaven are the same as in this life – just plenty and only the best. As said: An Earth-like paradise. Plus plenty of water and women – heavenly for people - men - from a desert. But what about people from other parts of the world with other kinds of fruits? - many fruits used by the Arabs would be unknown to them, and the other way around.
002 4/122: Rather similar to 2/25 just above.
003 5/85: Rather similar to 2/25 above.
004 5/119: Rather similar to 2/25 above.
005 7/42-43: Rather similar to 2/25 above.
006 9/72: “Allah hath promised to Believers (Muslims*) – men and women – Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss - - -”. A paradise like the life of the rich men in this world – plus more water. And of course plus the presumed, but never proved Allah.
007 9/89: Rather similar to 9/72 just above.
008 9/100: Rather similar to 9/72 above – Muhammad did not have inventive fantasy, only the smart kind.
009 9/111: “Allah hath purchased of the Believers (Muslims*) their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise); they fight and slay and be slain - - -”. A typical war and warriors’ religion. (The religion was changed from rather peaceful to a war religion in and shortly after 622 AD – the omniscient Allah changed his mind or Muhammad needed warriors.) Well, Paradise in the possible next world for a life of war in this world, may be a good deal if Muhammad spoke the truth and nothing but the truth. If it was all a hoax, Muhammad and his successors got themselves very cheap warriors and riches and much power for nothing. And there are many of the hallmarks of a cheater, deceiver and swindler in the Quran – at least some of which an intelligent man understanding people, is sure to have recognized. (F. ex. that wonders delivered by Allah had made no-one believe.)
010 10/9: “Those who believe (Muslims*), and work righteousness (included fighting in wars, stealing, raping, and killing*) – their Lord (Allah*) will guide them because of their Faith: beneath them will flow rivers in Gardens of bliss.” The paradise of a primitive warrior from the hot desert. A curiosum: According to Hadiths 2 of "our" rivers - the Nile and the Euphrates - start in Heaven/Paradise.
011 11/108: “They (Muslims*) will dwell therein for all the time that the heavens (plural and wrong*) and earth endure, except as thy Lord (Allah*) willeth - - -”. The last part of the sentence is explained nowhere in the Quran. The same words are used about Hell in 9/107, and some Muslim thinkers say it may mean that perhaps Hell will not last forever – at least not for all its inmates. If we do not use the same logic for Paradise, this verse means that Paradise will last forever for all real Muslims (and may be a few Jews and Christians deserving Paradise). But actually this verse may indicate that even Paradise is not absolutely for ever - though most the Quran many plases says it is. Some Muslims meer this uncertainty with the claim that the saved ones in case will end in an even better paradise.
012 13/23 – 24: “Gardens of perpetual bliss: they (Muslims*) shall enter there, as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring - - - how excellent is the final Home.” Primitive people may think in 3-4 generations like here, but nowhere in the Quran is told how family life a la Earth is to be arranged for 40 or a hundred generations. Neither is there anywhere said anything about how the ones who died as babies or children will fare in Paradise – will they stay babies or children for ever to your pleasure (the Quran has a tendency to see things only from the points of view of the main persons) or will they grow up or will they be resurrected as young adults or how? - and what about their families?
No matter – these are problems possible to solve for a god. But the Muslim Paradise still is just a copy of life for rich people in this world as seen through the eyes of poor and primitive male desert dwellers and polygamists.
013 13/35: “The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised! – beneath it flow rivers: perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and the shade therein - - -”. As said: Paradise is like the life of the rich + more water and women, as seen through the eyes of primitive and poor male dwellers of a hot desert. But Allah should be the god of the entire world and all people. And why such a primitive paradise? – because as paradises come, this is a primitive one.
014 14/23: Rather like 13/35 just above, with the addition: “Their greeting therein will be: ‘Peace’” This word is about the only one referred to from permitted talk in Paradise, in all the Quran. The intellectual level is not indicated to be high.
015 15/45: “The righteous (will be) amid Gardens and fountains (of clear-flowing water. (Their greeting will be): ‘Enter ye here in Pease and security’. And We (Allah*) shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury: (they will be) brothers (joyfully) facing each other on thrones (of dignity).” An existence one could envy them - - - if it was not for all that is wrong in the Quran, that results in a lurking feeling of “what if”. – what if all this also is wrong? – what if it is fairy tales to attract people – and warriors - to build a platform of power? – and even worse for the ones believing in religion: What if there exists a real religion somewhere, one that Islam blocks the road to? (What is totally sure at least, is that the Quran neither is made by an omniscient nor by a benevolent god).
016 16/30: “To those (Muslims*) who do good, there is good in this world (sometimes*), and the Home of the Hereafter (Paradise*) is even better; and excellent indeed is the Home of the righteous – Gardens of Eternity which they will enter: beneath them flow (pleasant) rivers - - -”. The promise is: For eternity.
017 18/31: “For them (Muslims*) will be Gardens of Eternity; beneath them rivers will flow; they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garment of fine silk and heavy brocade: they will recline therein on raised thrones.” Not the dream about a normal rich man’s life – this is royal style.
018 18/108: “Wherein (Paradise*) they (Muslims*) shall dwell (for aye).” The Quran mostly says that Paradise is forever, but there are 2 – 3 verses that make the time aspect a little unsure. Muslim scholars pooh-pooh that, and say that that in case means that Allah will bring something even better instead.
019 19/96: “On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness (remember that an essential part of this is to make war for Muhammad - and his successors *), will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow Love”. This is one of the rather few places where the word “love” is mentioned in the Quran, except for in connection with your family – and even there it is not used frequently. Very different from NT where love is one of the main pillars – between Heaven and humans and among humans.
020 22/14: Rather similar to 9/72 above.
021 22/23: “Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to gardens beneath which rivers flow: they shall be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls; and their garments will be of silk”. As said before: A Paradise like the life of the very rich and kings in Arabia at that time as seen through the eyes of the poor and the primitive.
022 25/24: “The Companions of the Garden (Muslims*) will be well, that Day (of Doom*), in their abode, and have the fairest places for repose”. A good future – if true.
023 28/84: “If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their deeds.” It is not too difficult to reach Paradise for Muslims: Merits for good deeds are multiplied, and by a factor of up to 10 according to the Quran, whereas bad deeds only are valued once. And if you anyhow are on minus you can always do some good deeds like lying, stealing or murdering for the religion and get lots of merit from the benevolent Allah
024 29/58: “- - - to them (Muslims*) shall We (Allah*) give a Home in Heaven, lofty Mansions beneath which flow rivers, to dwell therein for aye - - -”. Life of the super rich plus plenty of water.
025 35/34: “(In Paradise Muslims will say*) Praise be to Allah, who has removed from us (all) sorrow - - -”. At least something in addition to material plenty, which really is all that the other verses have been talking about.
026 35/33: “Gardens of Eternity will they (Muslims*) enter: therein will they be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls: and their garments will be of silk.” Earthly luxury life.
027 35/35: “- - - no toil nor sense of weariness shall touch us (Muslims*) therein (in Paradise*).” Like the rich and mighty: They did not have to toil and become weary.
028 36/56: “They (Muslims*) and their associates will be in groves of (cool) shade reclining on Thrones (of dignity)”. We still are in the paradise taken from the royal dreams of poor and primitive people living in a too hot country – but is that all an omnipotent god are able to offer?
029 36/57: “(Every) fruit (enjoyment) will be there for them; they shall have whatever they call for - - -”. A very material paradise.
030 37/41-44: “For them (Muslims*) is a Sustenance determined (in Paradise*), Fruits (delights); and they (shall enjoin) honour and dignity, in Gardens of Felicity, facing each other on Thrones (of dignity).” Mostly when it is talk about food in Paradise, it is talk about fruits. Also they have to be rich and dignified, as they all sit on thrones. There must be very long rows of thrones - very long and many such.
031 37/45-47: “Round will be passed to them (Muslims*) a Cup from a clear-flowing fountain, Crystal-white, of a taste delicious to those who drink (thereof), Free from headiness, nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom”. Not only good food, but also good drinks – not intoxicating.
032 37/48: “And beside them (Muslims*) will be chaste women, restraining their glances, with big eyes (of wonder and beauty)”. The famed houries – for free use. And what use did primitive – and for that case some other – men think of? Hardly of polite and intellectual conversation.
There is no place in the Quran mentioned one single thought about how Paradise is for the houries. The Quran seldom cares about the life and feelings of others than the main persons – the male Muslim, preferably a warrior. Houries, slave woman, slaves, servants, and others: Just things for the brave warrior to use and to serve him. Things.
033 38/50-51: Good food and drink in Paradise. Earthly luxury.
034 38/52: “And beside them will be chaste women, restraining their glances, (companions) of equal age.” Once more the houries. There is said nothing about how many for each man in the Quran, but in the Hadith it is mentioned 70 for a brave warrior. There also is said nothing about how the warrior’s wife or wives felt having to share the husband with many “chaste” women, very likely more beautiful and attractive than themselves. But then: The Quran only bothers about the main person/man in the story – often the warrior.
Secondary persons are to be things for the prime male in the story to use – and who cares about their lives or feelings or happiness?
A primitive and inhuman teaching at this point – but excellent for primitive warriors – even today.
035 39/20: “But it is for those who fear their Lord (Allah*) that lofty mansions, one above another, have been built: beneath them flow rivers (of delight).” Like a luxury condominium – if true.
036 39/75: “And thou will see the angles surrounding the Throne (divine) on all sides, singing Glory and Prise to their Lord (Allah*)”. As Allah lives above the 7. heaven and mere normal Muslims live far down even in Paradise, this sight will take a little explaining.
037 40/8: “And grant our Lord (Allah*), that they (Muslims*) enter the Gardens of Eternity, which Thou hast promised to them, and to the righteous among their fathers, their wives, and their posterity (descendants*)!” Good and well, but here the Quran runs into a mathematical and practical impossibility. Your father and wives are ok. But your children and their children (because your sons have the same promise), and their sons, and their sons, and their sons - - -. It will be quite a melee after 1000 generations.
038 43/70-71: “Enter ye the Garden, ye and your wives, in (beauty and) rejoicing. To them will be passed round, dishes and goblets of gold: there will be all that the souls could desire, all that the eyes could delight in - - -”. Like the richest ones in Arabia – and with plenty of fruits to eat according to 43/73.
039 44/51-55: Rather like 7/92 above + houries.
040 45/30: “- - - those who believed and did righteous deeds, their Lord (Allah*) will admit them to His Mercy - - -.” Plain and simple. (And of course the best deed was and is to go to war.)
041 47/12: Rather like 9/72 above.
042 47/15: “(Here is) a parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes, rivers of wine (this surah is from 622 AD – around the flight to Medina) a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits - - -.” Yes, like in Utopia or another earthly paradise dreamed up by the poor people in an arid land – or by someone else making dreams for them. A materialistic paradise, but here at least with added grace from Allah. And in Paradise Muslims seems to be permitted to drink wine – “a joy”.
043 52/19-20: “(To them (Muslims in Paradise*) will be said) ’Eat and drink ye, with profit and healt, because of your (good) deeds.’ They will recline (with ease) on Thrones (of dignity) arranged in ranks; and We shall join them to Companions (the famous houries*), with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.” What more can a poor, virile young – or old – uneducated and uncultivated and uncultured man from the desert dream about?
044 52/21-22: See 40/8 above, and add good food and fruits.
045 52/23: “They shall there exchange, one with another, a (lowing) cup free of frivolity, free of all taint of ill.” A good cup of wine in Paradise - - - but perhaps without alcohol (?)
046 52/24: “Round about them (Muslims and their houries*) will serve (devoted) to them, youths (handsome) as pearls well guarded”. These are the servants in Paradise – forever young, handsome men. There is said nothing about from where they come, and as normal in the Quran it is said not a word about how secondary persons in a story feel or like life, or how Paradise is for them. The central persons are rich and on top, and that is what counts – others are of little interest. Empaty with underdogs does not exeist in the Quran.
047 55/46: “But for such as fears the time when they (Muslims*) will stand before (the Judgement Seat of) their Lord (Allah*), there will be two Gardens - - -“. See 55/62 below.
048 55/48-60: Something like 47/15 + the houries.
049 55/62: “And besides these two, there are two other Gardens - - -”. Paradise for normal humans is split in at least 4 gardens, and it seems that there may be a difference according how good a Muslim and how fierce a warrior you have been in this life – the more according to Muhammad’s ideals you have lived and fought, the better garden you will end up in. But all the 4 are paradises with two springs each, plenty of fruits, rich carpets for resting on and plenty of women/houries “- - -(Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them (the Muslims*) has touched (= virgins*) - - -”. Royal earthly standard of living and virgins for free use at your convenience.
The difference in the “geographical” description seems to be that the best gardens have even more plentiful water, and they are dark green from the abundance of water – really a paradise for poor and primitive desert dwellers. It does not take much to make a perfect paradise for naïve and primitive people.
It still is said little about how Paradise is for children and women, included the houries.
(We may add that according to Hadiths the Nile and the Euphrates starts in the Gardens of Paradise. Unbelievable? Yes, but it is a fact that Hadiths say so).
050 55/64-76: Similar to 47/15 + 55/48/60 but even a degree better.
051 56/7+10: “(At the Day of Doom*) ye shall be sorted out in three classes. - - -. And those (the class*) Foremost (in Faith) will be the foremost (in the Hereafter)”. There are classes also in Paradise (and according to other verses and to Hadith, they are split in sub-classes). A reality if it is a reality. A good way of motivating followers and warriors – strive and fight harder and advance in the next life – for the ruler(s) and spoils of war only, if the religion is made up.
052 56/7 + 10: “(At the Day of Doom) ye shall be sorted out in three classes - - - And those Foremost (in Faith) will be the Foremost (in the Hereafter).” The best Muslims – and that of course include the fiercest fighters – will go to the best places in Heaven, and also nearest to Allah. Of the rest the ones sorted to the right will go to the lower quality parts of Heaven, whereas the ones sorted to the left will go to Hell. (A small curiosity here: In the old Arabia right was reckoned to be the “good” side and left the “bad” side. Is it a coincidence that the omniscient god for the entire world sorted the dead ones according to customs and rules in after all tiny Arabia on Earth?)
053 56/15-16: “(They (the pious Muslims*) will be) on Thrones encrusted (with gold and precious stones), reclining on them, facing each others”. This means long double rows of thrones – millions or perhaps a few billions of thrones in double rows facing each other. More, if also the women and children and all the houries shall recline on thrones. Also there has to be some space between the rows, as there have to be places for resting on carpets as mentioned in other verses, and for the fruit trees and the water.
Though endless double rows of thrones does not sound like our idea of a perfect paradise, no matter how many houries for free use and good food and drinks as the nearly only pastime – some polite and not intellectually demanding conversation is to be the only alternative mentioned. See also quote 56/25-26 below.
054 56/17: “Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual freshness - - -.” Again these mysterious servants. The Quran is totally disinterested in them and tells nothing about them – the only person of interest is the Muslim adult man – strangely the same one who can be warriors for Muhammad and his successors. Others do not count much.
What are they - the servants and the houties? Where do they come from? How is Paradise for them? (Some Muslim scholars speculate about the possibility that they may be humans who died as babies or children - but their parents are promised to have their children as part of Paradise, and then they cannot be servants or sex doll for others.
055 56/18-20: “(Servants) with goblets, (shining) beakers, and cups (filled) out of clear-flowing fountains (of wine*): No after-ache will they receive therefrom, nor will they be suffering intoxication: (and good food – meat and fruits*) - - -.” This surah is from ca. 615 AD – before Allah found out that alcohol was not good. But at least in Paradise even in 615 AD you did not grow ill or get a head-ache from plenty of wine.
056 56/25-26: “Not frivolity will they hear therein, nor any taint of ill – Only the saying, ‘Peace, Peace!” It is to be hoped that even if one is resurrected with exactly the old body from this life, the brain will be much changed – eternity with only these pastimes will be boring to the extreme for intelligent and intellectually active persons”.
057 56/27-34: “The companions of the right hand (the good, but not top pious and/or warriors*) - - - (will be) among the Lote-trees without thorns - - - trees with flowers (or fruits) piled one above another - - - in shade - - - by water flowing constantly, and fruits in abundance - - - and on Thrones (of Dignity) - - -(and houries in the next verses – their wives are not mentioned*) - - -“. Not quite like the top class, but at least “on par” with kings. But each and every thing fit to satisfy basic and base earthly dreams of men and potential warriors of the primitive kind and from primitive circumstances. Not a thing beyond that.
058 56/35-37: “We (Allah*) have created (their (Muslims*) Companions) of special creation. And made them (houries*) virgin-pure (and undefiled) – Beloved (by nature), equal in age - - -”. The wives and slave girls from this world are not even mentioned. But the strange sentence “equal in age” reappears – why, if all are resurrected like young men/people?
059 57/12: Rather similare to 9/72 above.
060 69/22-24: “In the Garden on high, the Fruits whereof (will hang in bundles) low and near. ‘Eat ye (Muslims in Paradise*) and drink ye, with full satisfaction, because of the (good) deeds that ye sent before you, in the days that are gone.” It is the deeds that count – though even in Islam there is some correction of the merit you earn from Allah, if the deeds are done for wrong reasons.
061 74/40: “(They (good Muslims*) will be) in Gardens (of Delight): they will question each other, and (ask) of the Sinners: ‘What led you into Hell-Fire?’” There is not a longer distance between Paradise and Hell - communication is possible. This is not the only case of such communication in the Quran.
062 76/13: “Reclining in the (Garden) on raised thrones, they will see neither the sun’s (excessive heat) nor (the moon’s) excessive cold.” Part of the dream of a man from a desert – off all places in the world, only in the hot deserts like in Arabia the temperature shifts so mush in so short time, that the days are excessively hot and the nights excessively cold.
063 76/14-21: More about the same details of the Earth-like royal paradise, but with the addition of a stuff called “zanjabil” (76/17) to mix in wine (the age of this surah is not known, and consequently we do not know if Allah had yet changed his view of alcohol), and a fountain “salsabil” (76/18). The first word may mean ginger, the second one nobody knows, though there is guessing.
064 77/41: Like 76/14-21 just above, but without the two extra words.
065 78/31-36: Like 76/14-21 above, but without the two extra words.
066 83/18-21: “Nay, verily, the Record of the Righteous is (preserved) in ‘illiyin. And what will explain the thee what ‘illiyin" is? (There is a Register (fully) inscribed, to which bear witness those nearest (to Allah).” The omniscient god Allah needs witnesses – and he is not more advanced and omniscient than that everything has to be written down in a good, old-fashioned book.
067 85/11: Rather similar to 9/72 above.
068 88/10-16: “In the Garden of high, where they (Muslims in Paradise*) shall hear no (word) of vanity: Therein will be a bubbling spring: Therein will be Thrones (of dignity), raised high, goblets (for wine*) placed (ready), and cushions set in rows, and rich carpets (all) spread out.” A nice picture – except when you think of hundreds of millions of people, each bound to his own clan as the son of a son of a son - - - etc., placed like that. Endless rows only. Some paradise.
069 98/8: Rather similar to 9/72 above.
We have chosen to give a detailed description of the Muslim Paradise, partly because eternity is a long time for staying in one place, and partly to give a full picture. It mainly is like Earth at the time and area of Muhammad in and around Arabia, but with more water and willing and obedient beautiful women, and a life like the high nobility as seen through the eyes and dreams of young and not so young, but virile primitive, uneducated and naïve warriors – male warriors of course.
Is this really the best paradise an omniscient, omnipotent god can make? Or is it someone playing on primitive, uneducated and naïve virile men’s secret dreams about riches and women? “Tell a lie often enough, and people start believing” – Joseph Goebbels.
To make a summary:
A PS: In the book “The Message of the Quran”, certified by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Islamic Research Academy in Cairo (one of the 2-3 top universities in the Muslim world on such subjects) in a letter dated 27. Dec. 1998, it is admitted rather reluctantly that there are no proofs for Allah, and that it is not possible to prove him. An additonal point here is that if there are no proof for Allah and impossible to prove him, automatically there also is no proof for, and impossible to prove Muhammad's claimed connection to Allah. If there is no Allah and/or no connection between Muhammad and a god, there also is no Paradise like the one Muhammad told about.
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1. Read first the 2 small chapters "Some Essentials for how the Quran is to be read and understood" (VII-10-1) and "The Quran is to be understood literally if nothing else is indicated" (VII-10-2).
2. http://www.1000mistakes.com is blocked by many Muslim authorities. To debate with persons in such areas, cut and paste what you want from the pages and send it under titles different from http://www.1000mistakes.com.
3. http://www.1000mistakes.com is one of 9 pages which Muslim organisetions warned especially against in 2008 and 2009 - it could make especially procelytes lose their belief in Islam; correct and "down-to-the-earth" information works. In this connection it is worth noting that in the "warning" http://www.1000mistakes.com was one of 3 which neither was accused of bringing wrong facts, nor of being a hate page.
4. Comment 141 (to verse 6/149) in “The Message of the Quran” (see point 5) explains (translated from Swedish) about Allah's claimed omniscience vs. man's claimed free will:
“With other words: The real connection between Allah’s knowledge about the future (and consequently about the unavoidable in what is to happen in the future*) on one side and man’s relatively (!!*) free will on the other – two statements that seems to contradict each other – lies outside what is possible for humans to understand, but as both statement are made from Allah (in the Quran*) both must be true”. Unbelievable. Blind belief is the only correct and intelligent way of life, even in the face of the utterly impossible!!
5. And an afterthought: In the book “The Message of the Quran”, certified by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Islamic Research Academy in Cairo (one of the 2-3 top universities in the Muslim world on such subjects) in a letter dated 27. Dec. 1998, it is admitted rather reluctantly that there are no proofs for Allah, and that it is not possible to prove him. An additonal point here is that if there is no proof for Allah and impossible to prove him, automatically there also is no proof for, and impossible to prove Muhammad's claimed connection to a god. And if there is no Allah and/or no connection between Muhammad and a god, what then is Muhammad? - and what than is Islam? - a made up, invalid religion?
6. Further: All the mistakes, contradictions, etc. in that book prove 100% that the Quran is not made by an omniscient god - no god makes such and so many mistakes, etc. If then Islam is a made up religion, what then about all the Muslims who have been prohibitted from looking for a real religion (if such one exists)? And where will they in case wake up after living and practising such an inhuman war religion like Islam is according to the Quran (and to Hadiths), if there is a second life somewhere? - Hell or Paradise?
7. NB and PS: No matter how sure you are about something, if it is not proved, it is not knowledge, only belief or strong belief, and can be wrong. Only what is proved or possible to prove is knowledge.
(As http://www.1000mistakes.com is blocked in many Muslim areas - which shows they are afraid of it and lack arguments (if they had real arguments for http://www.1000mistakes.com is wrong, blocking was unneccessary) - "cut and paste" whatever you want from it and send if you want to inform or to debate there. Remember to omit the name http://www.1000mistakes.com).
PS: If we are blocked centrally - f. ex. by spam (there is too much at times already from unfriendly sources) we will reopen with new address somewhere else, and announce the new address om f. ex. http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/islam. Also if your comments to us do not reach us, any comments posted on a thread with "1000 mistakes" in the title on that forum will be read by us - it is a big international debate page. We cannot answer on that page, though, as it is not safe enough - we have had death threaths (better to kill an opponent, than to check if a religion brainwashed into you only on the word of a man who even practised lies (f. ex. "war is deceit") and advocated breaking even your oaths if that gave a better result, is true ot made up - old beliefs are hard to question).
Please inform all and everybody and all relevant fora - f. ex. Internet pages for debate or information - about the address http://www.1000mistakes.com. It is information that is urgently needed by many, not least by Muslims. No god made a book with so many mistakes and other wrongs - and if the Quran and Islam are made up by humans or dark forces, where are the followers of this inhumanly dark and brutal war religion heading for in a possible next life?