Talk about lost in translation!
Despite the long-understood promise of 72 virgins waiting in paradise for jihadi martyrs, a new translation by a Muslim scholar reveals that the actual reward is 72 raisins.
Canadian academic Irshad Manji appeared on CNN with Fareed Zakariah this Sunday. Zakariah was hosting a special called Why They Hate Us which explored hatred of the west in the Muslim world.
Manji maintained that it was dried fruit that would be enjoyed by suicide bombers:
“The word for virgin has been mistranslated. The original word that was used in the Koran was the word for raisin. Martyrs would get raisins in heaven, not virgins.”
Obviously, this is pretty amusing.
Radio talk show host Chris Plante discussed the 72 raisin reward for martyrdom this morning on WMAL in Washington DC and his analyses is, well, hilarious.
Listen to the 5 minute segment and enjoy your afternoon:
Meanwhile, out friends at Twitchy cataloged some pretty great responses on Twitter:
— Kevin R. Spaulding (@KKevdogg) May 24, 2016
72 raisins? Hate to be an ISIS recruiter today. https://t.co/dqwyQjy3vA
— Mike Maden (@MikeMadenAuthor) May 23, 2016
A scholar claims the Koran was incorrectly translated. It's 72 RAISINS, not 72 virgins.
[scrapes toast with knife]
WHERE IS YOUR ALLAH NOW
— Brosephine Wires (@JoParkerBear) May 24, 2016