Jihad Secures Salvation and Pleasures in Paradise
Muslims who fulfill Islam’s command to perform Jihad (fighting, killing others, and being killed to propagate Islam), obtain assurance of salvation by Allah. This is why it is important to pray for Muslims that they come to know Jesus who shed His blood as a sacrifice for all mankind. He died for us, so that we may receive the gift of salvation. We do not shed our blood to gain salvation.
According to Islam, an obedient Muslim man acquires sexual delights in paradise after death, including many virgin girls (Muslim tradition declares 72) awaiting the man’s arrival. Therefore, since many Muslim men perceive sexual pleasures in paradise as an elevated reward from Allah, they want to make sure they are obedient to Allah’s most stringent duties, which would assure them of these prizes. They have learned from Islam that Allah gives the greatest gifts in paradise to those who participate in Jihad. A couple verses describing a Muslim man’s rewards in paradise are as follows (I apologize for the graphic language, but all words including paraphrases are quoted directly from Qur’an and Hadith texts published and purchased in Saudi Arabia):
“The which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade, and the fruits of the two Gardens will be near at hand….Wherein both will be those (maidens) restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn ‘yatmithhunna’ (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them…. (In beauty) they are like rubies and coral…. Is there any reward for good – other than good? …there are two other gardens…. Therein will be fair (wives) good and beautiful…. ‘Houris’ (beautiful fair females) restrained in pavilions…. Whom no man or jinn ‘yatmithhunna’ (has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse) before them…. Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses….” (sura 55:53-78)
It’s repulsive to imagine Muslim men in paradise having virgin girls harnessed in pavilions to sexually violate at their bidding. In contrast, our God, Yahweh, is a loving God and would never permit such atrocities. The Lord Jesus gave Himself up for us, so that we could be transformed into the bride of Christ.
Jihad Brings Higher Rewards
Muslims who participate in Jihad gain certain entrance into paradise and a higher reward from Allah according to both the Qur’an and Hadith as the following verses state:
“Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord and they have provision.” (sura 3:169)
“Let those (believers) who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter, fight in the cause of Allah, and whoso fights in the Cause of Allah, and is killed or gets victory, We shall bestow on him a great reward.” (sura 4:74)
“That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Mohammed) and that you strive hard and fight in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive your sins, and admit you into the Gardens of Eternity (Paradise), that is indeed the great success.” (sura 61:11-12)
There are more than forty verses in the Qur’an that advise Muslims to kill in Allah’s name. In fact, according to Islam, there is no reward higher than that which is given to a person who participates in Jihad, as the following verse suggests:
“O Messenger of Allah, please let me know some action which may be equal to Jihad in recompense.” He (Mohammed) answered, “I am not aware of any such action.” (Hadith, No.1298)
When individuals come to me and say, “I have a Muslim friend who doesn’t seem dangerous…” The first question I ask is, “Are they reading the Qur’an?” Because if they are, they could very well become dangerous.