The following is an excerpt from an interview with Malika Zarrar, an Egyptian expert on Islamic law, which aired on Al-Faraeen TV on April 16, 2010.
TV host: Today, we will talk about a Saudi Islamic scholar, who appeared on TV. This was a very strange event, which I will recap briefly. This was a televised lecture by a Saudi Islamic scholar, in which he described the black-eyed virgins of Paradise in explicit sexual terms. The sheik described the life of comfort that Allah awards Muslim men in Paradise and the 70 black-eyed virgins who would fall all over him. The sheik described the beauty of these virgins and their sexual drive: “One would place her lips on his, another would lay her cheek against his, and a third would place her breasts on his chest.”
Is this description of the virgins accurate, or is it exaggerated?
Malika Zarrar: This amounts to challenging Allah. I have one question. Where is the Saudi Authority for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice?! Where are all the Islamic scholars of Saudi Arabia?! They let such a person make a mockery of the Book of Allah? (Memri)
My friend once commented that Islamic Paradise rewards Muslim men the very things they are forbidden on earth.
Please understand that my point as a Christian is that when sinners try to earn their salvation by their own good works they will actually end up further from God and not closer. This was true of many of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. They did not humbly trust in God’s provision and ended up crucifying the Lord of Glory – committing the worst crime in human history. A sinners’ self-righteousness is just as damnable as unrighteousness.
Gospel of Matthew chapter 21 verses 28-32
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
“ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.
For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.