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Challenging the Qur'an

Posted on July 28, 2003 at 02:36 PM in Religion | Permalink

If a German scholar is correct, then Islamic Terrorists have an interesting afterlife ahead of them. In reference to the verses in the Qur'an that talk about the "72 wide-eyed virgins the Qur'an promises to the departed faithful":

Arguing that today's version of the Qur'an has been mistranscribed from the original text, scholar Christoph Luxenberg (a pseudonym) says that what are described as "houris" with "swelling breasts" refer to nothing more than "white raisins" and "juicy fruits."

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at least paradise low in trans fats???

# Posted by: Joel (68.97.182.87) at Jul 28, 2003 3:06:15 PM

Juicy fruits? Chew on that!

# Posted by: slatts (203.134.138.120) at Jul 29, 2003 12:36:23 PM

I suppose that makes as much sense as them still being wide-eyed virgins after all the business they been getting from Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

# Posted by: Joel (68.107.137.30) at Jul 29, 2003 3:43:53 PM

This is true I assure you. I am stuck here with Qusay. That damn Mohammed Atta has his eye on me, and he is pissed that he missed his 72 virgins. The Freaking Q'ran also forgot to mention the red hot pocker that they shove up your .........aaaaaaarrrrgh

# Posted by: Uday Hussein (168.103.137.225) at Aug 1, 2003 6:26:03 AM

It's nonsense, of course; but which major religion isn't full of irrational nonsense? It seems to go with the turf. Christianity, having been around a little longer than Islam, has to some extent sanitised a number of its more irrational elements; but there's still quite a deal of intellectual fairy floss attached to it --- and that's without mentioning the fundamentalist nutters who still cling to the more bizarre elements of the past.

# Posted by: Norman (203.51.91.175) at Aug 5, 2003 9:15:35 AM

"I wish the real world would just stop hassling me" - Rob Thomas