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Someone please educate me on Surah AR-rahman of Quran

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), May 2, 2022 at 01:41

Dear Dr Pipes, somewhere I read a recommendation to read Quran's ar-rahman chapter. I always try to find good things in Quran (and often fail). To be honest this chapter is a lot better than many others. It talks about God's gifts to people and does not say many bad things to any one. Which is very good.

But by the time you hit the end of this chapter, the author of the chapter starts saying some rather interesting things. Verse 70 of this chapter promises that good people (and, probably, good djinns) will get pleasant mates in the heaven. Verse 72 reassures that the mates will be maidens that have not been touched by any man or any djinn.

I don't blame the Quran for not provisioning anything for good women. Many other religions also many times fail to include women for rewards etc. But what is problematic is the emphasis on maidens untouched by anyone. Is this the reward for which good people become good? I often think of doing good deeds and I hope that my pagan gods who live in various idols, stones and statues will offer some kindness to me when needed but, hardly ever, I assume or wish that my reward be virgin maidens reserved for me.

Some Muslim scholars need to address my concerns. I don't think vergin maidens should be the top reward for good deeds. Is that only me?


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