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Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: CHALLENGE part 3, WHO IS GOD! the problem of translation in Middle Eastern religious thoughts

Submitted by Amir (United States), Feb 20, 2006 at 17:47

"After reading your posts to Pipes' web site, I'm seriously thinking of converting to Islam."

I certainly didn't try to convert anyone. Only an idiot would conclude from posts that I am preaching Islam to get converts.

"While I'm impressed with your superior arguments"

I am not impressed by yours.

"what really did it for me was the promise of Sura 44:54"

Whether the description of paradise in the Qur'an is allegorical or literal is open debate among Muslims. Some Muslims believe it is literal, some say it's allegorical.

(sniped nonsense where anti-Islam tries to interpret the Qur'an for Muslims).

"But, unfortunately my stubborn wife is forbidding me to convert because she says that the Qur'an does not promise women big handsome Muslim men with curly beards when they go to heaven."

The Qur'an is very clear that both men and women go to paradise and have rewards

"For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in God's praise, for them has God prepared forgiveness and great reward." (33:35)

Whether the description of paradise is allegorical or whether there are men for women etc is completely irrelevant. Maybe there are men for women; Maybe there are no women for men; maybe there are. Some Muslims believe all these descriptions of afterlife are allegorical. Bottom line: according to the Qur'an, both men and women go to paradise.

As I said, I am not impressed with the quality of your arguments and your childish sarcasm.
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