Chapter 10

PARADISE


Muhammad has taken many of his ideas for life in Paradise from old Persian religions (f.x. the houris and the serving young and handsome men), but also some from Mosaic and Christian religion. The differences between Yahweh's Paradise and the one of Allah, all the same are so many and so formidable, that they make one of the really strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - if they had been, their Paradise had been one and the same.

01 13/23–24a: “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 2-4 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 - are f.x. all staying together in one mix?. Neither is there anywhere said anything about how the ones who died as babies or children or retarded will fare in Paradise – will they stay babies or children or retarded for ever to your pleasure (the Quran has a tendency to see things only from the points of view of the main persons: The adult men and warriors) or will they grow up or will they be resurrected as young adults or how? - and what about their families?

No matter – these may be 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. Is this all an omniscient and omnipotent god has to offer?

02 38/52a: “And beside them will be chaste women, restraining their glances, (companions) of equal age.” Once more the houris. 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 – the man and potential or actual warrior.

Secondary persons are to be things (here playthings) 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. Also see 38/50-51 just above.

#03 42/30d: (A42/35 - English 2008 edition 42/34): "Since this latter (man’s life in the hereafter*) is but an organic continuation of the earthly life - - -". A very informative sentence - and a universe away from the Bible's Paradise, where you become "like the angels in heaven" (f. x. Matt. 22/30). Did anyone claim Yahweh and Allah are the same god? - even their Paradises are incomparable and incompatible. And did anyone claim the basic elements in the religions of all prophets, included Muhammad, are identical? It is so wrong that "wrong" is not even the correct word.

One more of the strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - if they had been, their Paradises had been one and the same.

###04 70/39b: (YA5699): "The animal part of man is nothing to be proud of, and they (humans*) know it. It is by spiritual effort, and long preparation through a good life that man can raise above the mere animal parts of him to his high dignity as a spiritual being, and his noble destiny in the hereafter". Statements like this from modern Islam, makes it very thought provoking that Muhammad's and the Quran's and Islam's Paradise only contains bodily - the animal part of man - pleasures and nothing for his spiritual life (except that Allah is claimed to be above the 7. heaven whereas normal Muslims seems to end up in the lowest one with 6 heavens between him/her and Allah (and according to Islamic relevant literature there are long distances between each heaven - up to 100 years travel is mentioned) - but Allah is a subject for reverence, not for intellectual or spiritual activity and development in the daily life in Paradise as a parallel to the "animal" activities).

###05 73/20k: "- - - ye (Muslims*) shall find it in Allah's Presence (= in Paradise) - - -". But what is really "Allah's presence"? There are 7 heavens and Allah lives above number seven - both claims according to the Quran. It is not specified in the Quran, but it seems that normally good Muslims end in gardens in the first heaven. Which means there are 6 heavens between them and Allah. The Quran also does not specify the distance between the heavens, but relevant Islamic literature mention 100 years (of travel).

A normal speed for a walker is some 3.5 - 4 miles an hour. Say you walked together with a caravan, which walked for 12 hours a day (the main thing for a caravan was to reach its goal and make money, so they often walked from dawn till dusk, and even ate when walking).

That would mean some 45 miles (some 72 km) a day.

There are 365 days a year = some 16.400 miles (some 26.300 km) a year.

As there are said to be 100 years between the heavens, this means some 1.64 million miles (2.63 million km) between the heavens.

And the distance between the 1. and the 7. heaven consequently a little less than 10 million miles (a bit less than 16 million km).

And remember that Allah lives above the 7. heaven = further off.

Better than 40 times the distance to the moon.

If the Islamic books have given reasonably correct information about the distances, this is a rough picture of what the Quran means with "Allah's Presence" for normal Muslims.


 

This content was posted with assistance from M. A. Khan, the editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islam Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery" (available online)