Regarding the male martyrs, everything is clear cut: where there is a deed, there is a precisely defined award:
And, behold this miracle of miracles: Palestinian Authority TV has even achieved something that in the previous century and before would have been thought impossible: a first ever view of the virgins:
- The Shahid's sins are forgiven
- He sees his place in Paradise and lives a full life of joy with Allah
- He is protected from "the Great Shock" on Judgment Day
- He is crowned with a crown of honor
- He marries 72 dark-eyed wives
- He will be able to intervene on behalf of 70 of his family members on Judgment Day, thereby ensuring them the reward of Afterlife
I only hope that the dresses in the picture are not representative of the virgins' wardrobe in general (color-wise, form-wise and otherwise), and that these are uniforms for the ceremonial part (reception of the martyr, registration process, necessary speeches, executive meetings etc). But, on the whole, the virgins, what could be seen of them in the picture, look not bad at all. Makes one think some positive thoughts about Semtex one has never entertained before...
And, financially speaking, the whole deal is something no mother would miss for her son. Just think how much, in terms of bride price, mom and dad will have to spring for 12 brand new virgins, not to mention 72? It's no wonder that the mom in that article says: "My message to every mother is to sacrifice her child for Palestine".
But, on the other hand (this is why we usually have two hands), how about a female martyr? Its' a murky issue, really, and the Islamic theology slinks away from answering this question. However, some feminists have already turned their turrets in this direction.
If male martyrs can expect to find 72 virgin maidens in paradise when they die, what rewards can female suicide bombers expect?I say it's a totally reasonable question, and even an MCP (male chauvinist pig) could see where it makes sense. After all, a contract is a contract and ten pounds of Semtex are ten pounds of Semtex, no matter who is thumbing that button.
I believe that, for the sake of fairness, the number of males provided to the female martyr should be the same. Only one minor correction, though: I would suggest to dispense with the notion of providing 72 virgin males. I mean, who needs the hassle?
And my suggestion to the shakers and movers of Islamic establishment is to produce the goods asap. Otherwise the feminists will get into the fray, and you will end up with an endless bargaining, apologies and who knows - Islam may end up with two separate Edens... who really needs it?