Having trouble remembering the name of this blog?
Simply type into your browser tiny.cc/riverbend


If you find the text too small to read on this website, press the CTRL button and,
without taking your finger off, press the + button, which will enlarge the text.
Keep doing it until you have a comfortable reading size.
(Use the - button to reduce the size)

Today's quote:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Would you blow yourself up for this?

Please double-check that there are indeed 72 raisins.
I wouldn't want to run a fallacious argument


The belief that the Koran promises 72 virgins in heaven for Muslim martyrs is the result of a monumental mistranslation, according to Islam scholar Irshad Manji, who claims that these individuals are, instead, offered “raisins” after death.

In parenthesis, if you'd grown up in a tent made of camel hair and lived on a diet of camel's milk and camel meat cooked on burning camel shit, eating raisins would seem nothing short of heaven.

“Nowhere in the Koran does it promise 72 virgins, 70 virgins, 48 virgins. What it promises, as far as heaven goes, is something lush,” Manji argued on CNN. “The Arabic word for virgin has been mistranslated. The original word that was used in the Koran was the word for ‘raisin,’ not ‘virgin.’ In other words, martyrs will get raisins in heaven, not virgins.”

This idea about raisins is not new, as a 2002 piece in the Guadian noted that author Christoph Luxenberg‘s book “Die Syro–Aramaische Lesart des Koran” posited that “many obscurities of the Koran disappear if we read certain words as being Syriac and not Arabic” - click here


Click on the orange button to listen to the discussion


What bad news for jihadists! Blowing themselves up for seventy-two raisins in a Sunkist box which they could've bought for $1.99 at ALDI!


P.S. Under the influence of my German genes and my former career in accountancy, I was forced to revise my earlier impression of Paradise:

I like the one in the third row, second from the top; which one do you fancy?  ☺