Muslim cleric: One who kills and is killed for Allah “is married to 72 virgins of Paradise”

In Arabic, shahid means “witness,” just as martyr means “witness” in Greek. A martyr is one who bears witness to the truth of his faith — in Christianity by dying for it, and in Islam by killing and dying for it, in accord with the Qur’an’s promise of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111).

What this cleric is saying is not “extremist”; nor is he espousing the inventions of “Islamophobes,” as some have charged about the 72 virgins. What Nofal says here comes from a hadith of Tirmidhi: “The martyr has six unique traits: he is forgiven immediately; he sees his seat in Paradise and he is saved from the punishment of the grave; he is granted safety from the great terror [of the Day of Judgment]; a crown of honor is placed upon his head, a ruby of which is better than this life and all it contains; he is married to 72 maidens of Paradise; and he is allowed to intercede for 70 relatives.”

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