Islam: Sex and Sexuality

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Mohammad Asghar, an ex-Muslim who came out of Islam after discovering its true teachings. Together with studying the Qur’an for over twenty-five years, he has also been writing his commentary on its verses - an endeavor, he hopes, that will help non-Muslim leaders, as well as ordinary citizens, understand the true messages they convey to Muslims.

 

FP: Mohammad Asghar, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Asghar: Thank you.
 

FP: Today I would like to discuss with you Islam’s theology on Heaven and Hell and who goes there and why. What is the best way to start this discussion?

Asghar: One way to begin is to focus on the subject of prayer – considered by all Muslims to be one of the five Pillars of Islam. I think it is very important to make clear a fact about it that is not known to many students and observers of Islam.

After standing up for their daily prayers, all Muslims must say either in Arabic or in their mother tongues that they are offering their Fajr (morning), Zuhr (early afternoon), Asr (late afternoon) Maghrib (sunset) or Isha (early night) Fardh (obligatory) or Sunnah (non-obligatory) prayer to Allah. A sincere and honest declaration before Allah by the supplicants in the language they understand and speak completes the essential part of their prayer.

After this is done, they proceed to complete the remaining part of their prayer in a very well defined manner that requires them, among others, to recite their selected Suras or Chapters of the Quran only in Arabic. They cannot recite them in their mother tongues, or in other tongues, which they may know or be familiar with.

Sura Fatiha or the Exordium is the first Sura they must recite at the beginning of each unit of their prayer. Though it is supposed to have been revealed to Muhammad by Allah, but its content does not indicate so. Rather, the words “Praise be to Allah,” without the word “Qul” (say) preceding them, indicate that it was the brainchild of a human being.
 

The whole Sura reads:

“Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee do we worship, and thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way; the way of those on whom thou hast bestowed thy Grace, Those whose [portion] is not wrath, and who go astray.”

After Sura Fatiha, one of the short Suras that many Muslims recite is Sura Lahab, or The Father of) Flame. It reads:

“Perish the hands of the Father of Flame! Perish he! No profit for him from all his wealth, and all his gains! Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of blazing Flame! His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood – as fuel! – A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!”

This Sura also appears to be the work of a human being, as it does not begin with the word “Qul” or (Say), but if it was from Allah, then I must say He cursed one of the uncles (Abu Lahab) and aunts of Prophet Muhammad in a despicable language. A vast number of Muslims repeat this curse in their daily prayers without knowing, or realizing that it is a curse, and that they have been subjecting to it a man and woman, who passed away over fourteen hundred years ago.

Muslims have constantly been cursing long-dead humans in their prayer to Allah and, yet they claim they are a kind and forgiving people.

Pleased with Muslims for repeating to Him the words or messages He Himself had revealed to Muhammad, Allah will grant them berths in Heaven -- called “the Gardens” -- on the Day of Judgment. Those humans and Jinns who failed to earn His pleasure will find themselves in the fire of Hell.
 

FP: Sounds quite scary. Allah seems pretty angry and very much disposed towards punishing people. What’s with all the rage? What’s he so angry about?

Asghar: Not only that, Allah is also very revengeful. He was in the past, and He still remains, angry at those men and women, Jinns and, perhaps, animals as well, for not believing only in Him and also for not taking Him to be their lone Master. His anger reached its extreme limit, when the Pagans of the Arabian Peninsula refused to accept Muhammad’s claim on his prophethood and also for denying Allah the right to treat them as His slaves.

For the insolence of the Pagans, Allah personally fought them in the Battle of Badr and slew many of them with His own hand (the Quran; 8:17), as they were “worst of beasts in {His sight}” (the Quran; 8:55).

Despite the fact that Allah personally massacred the Pagans and destroyed an entire race of mankind for hamstringing a she-camel He had sent to it as a miracle from Him in the time of prophet Salih (the Quran; 26:157), Allah is still believed by Muslims to be kind, merciful and magnanimous to His creations.
 

FP: What is Hell like according to Islam and why does Allah send souls there?

Asghar: The Quran says that it is the soul of man that commits the sins. But on the Day of Judgment, it is the body of man, woman and Jinn that will be sent to Hell to burn in its fire. Why Allah would do such an illogical thing is beyond my knowledge.
 

FP: Before we move on, who are the Jinns?

Asghar: Jinn in Arabic mythology is a supernatural spirit below the level of angels. ‘Ifrit’ (diabolic, evil spirit) and ‘Sila’ (treacherous spirit of invariable form) constitute the classes of Jinns. They are capable of assuming human or animal form. Muslims believe that they dwell in the midst of humans and in all conceivable inanimate objects – stones, trees and ruins – underneath the earth, in the air and in fire. They can also enter into human bodies and turn their victims into abnormal beings.

Jinns possess the bodily needs of human beings and produce children. They can even be driven away or killed, but they are free from all physical restraints.

Allah created them in the Garden with fire before creating Adam with clay or dust, and his wife (unlike the Bible, the Quran identifies Eve as the wife of Adam).
 

FP: Ok, let’s continue with the rewards and punishments humans will receive on the Day of Judgment.

Asghar: Burning of human bodies with fire is understandable, but how about burning fire with fire? Jinns are made of fire and the Quran says that those of them who sinned on earth will burn forever in the fire of Hell.

Here is the procedure Allah will follow before sending humans and the Jinns to the Gardens or to the fire of Hell:

In keeping with His perennial policy of not using the power He posses - the immensity of which no human will ever be able to fathom - to instantly create things and to cause events to take place in no time, Allah will one day order an angel to sound the Trumpet (he has been waiting, with the Trumpet in his hand, for Allah’s order from the day He created the Universe), to raise the dead humans with bleared eyes (the Quran; 20:102) from their graves and to make them face Him in the trial of all Trials. How and from where the Jinns, animals and the idols will be raised is not mentioned in the Quran.

At the sound of the Trumpet, all humans, dead or alive, on earth or in the Gardens and in the heavens as well as all the animals and Jinns, and the angels who will be living with Allah in Paradise, will faint with terror, except as such as He will be pleased to exempt from it (the Quran; 39:68), and all of them will come to Him as beings conscious of their lowliness. Simultaneously, the whole earth will become His handful, with the heavens rolled up in His right hand (the Quran; 39:67). But before letting the earth become His handful and the heavens rolled up in His right hand, Allah will give another chance to His creations to correct their ways by producing a Beast from the earth. This He will do, because men refused to believe in His Signs, which He had sent to them before through His prophets and apostles (the Quran; 27:82).
 

FP: What will this Beast be doing?

Asghar: It will speak to humans, animals and Jinns in their languages and try to persuade them to believe in all of Allah’s Signs, including the Quran. Whether it will also be speaking to those people who passed away before the Quran came to Muhammad is not known, but the Quran indicates that the Beast will fail in its efforts whence Allah will ask the angel to sound the Trumpet for the second time, following which, He will squeeze the earth into one of His two hands.

But even after becoming a tiny thing in His hand, the earth will shine with Allah’s glory (the Quran; 39:69), illuminating the path that will lead all men, Jinns and animals to His Throne.

While rushing to the venue of trial, the resurrected beings will curse themselves for waking up, on hearing the sound of the Trumpet, from their deep sleep. What will be the reaction of the animals and Jinns is not mentioned in the Quran. An unidentified voice will appear from nowhere and tell the cursing men: you have been awakened because that was what ar-Rahman (a deity the Pagans of Mecca did not know) had promised you when you lived on earth. It will also tell them that what the apostles had told them were true.

The second sound of the Trumpet (the Quran; 39:68), followed by a blast, will make the resurrected people hasten, like a troop, to Allah’s presence, with their hearts having come right up to their throats to “choke them”(the Quran; 40:18). How the Jinns, animals and idols will approach Him is not stated in the Quran.

Sitting on the Throne of the Chief Judge (the Quran; 36:75) and the Executioner, and carried by eight angels (the Quran; 69:17), while other angels, after taking their position around Him, will sing His glory and praise (the Quran; 39:75), Allah will vow not to do any wrong to any one of the assembled beings; rather, He will take steps to justly repay them whatever they had done on earth (the Quran; 40:17). All the idols that humans had worshipped on earth will become alive, and they will face the same fate as that of their worshippers. Allah will also bring forward all the prophets, Imams and other witnesses from within the assembled crowd to make sure that the decisions He was going to make were just and fair to all of His creations (the Quran; 39:69).

Allah will subject all humans, Jinns and animals to trial, despite the fact that “not a single thing on earth and in the heavens remain hidden from Him” (cf. the Quran; 40:16). He is “aware of the treachery of the eyes and even of the secrets that the breasts keep hidden (the Quran; 40:19) from human eyes.
 

FP: Animals will be tried by Allah? Like dogs, cats, monkeys? Animals have souls? Some cats, for example, will go to hell and others will go to heaven? What kind of criteria will be used?

Asghar: Allah says in the Quran:

“Seest thou not that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth,- the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are fit for Punishment: and such as Allah shall disgrace,- None can raise to honor: for Allah carries out all that He wills (22:18].

This verse infers that all things that are in the heavens and earths, including animals, worship Him to go to the Garden. Those of them who do not worship Him are fit for Punishment of Hell.

So the answer to your question is yes; animals, too, have souls; they have been created to worship Allah and those among them who do not do this will go to Hell on the Day of Judgment.
 

FP: Let’s move on. After the second blast?

Asghar: After the second blast, a voice from nowhere will announce: “This is the Day of sorting out, whose truth (ye) denied” (the Quran;37:21).

I suspect it will be the Prophet Muhammad’s voice that will resonant the horizon, making the resurrected people and the idols shiver in extreme fear. He will use the Dooms Day to settle his disputes with his opponents (the Quran;39:31).

In order to ensure a fair trial to all the people, Allah will set a seal upon their mouths and then let their hands speak to Him. Their feet will bear witness to what they had earned (the Quran; 36:65) during their stay on earth. Their ears, eyes and skins will also bear witness against them (the Quran; 41:20).

Asked by the under-trial people why they are testifying against them, the skins will tell them:

“Allah hath given us the speech, - (He) Who giveth speech to everything: He created you for the first time, and unto Him were ye to return. Ye did not seek to hide yourselves, lest your hearing, your sight, and your skins should bear witness against you! But ye did think that Allah knew not many of the things that ye used to do! But this thought of yours which ye did entertain concerning your Lord, hath brought you to destruction, and (now) have ye become of those utterly lost!”(The Quran; 41:21 to 23).

But alas. The sycophancy of the skins will not save them from Allah’s wrath; they, too, will be scalded together with what will be within the bodies of the condemned sinners (the Quran; 22:20). Those of the guilty persons who lied against Allah will find their faces turned black (the Quran;39:60).
 

FP: Why will Allah place seals on the mouths of the under trial people?

Asghar: There is only one plausible answer to the question: it is the fear of truth coming out of the people’s mouth that will force Allah to shut them up. Feet and hands will speak in a sign language, as they have no vocal cords, thus making it difficult, if not impossible, for their owners to understand their testimonies. This will be a smart and convenient way for Allah to convict many innocent men and women to satisfy His ego.
 

FP: Just a second, Allah will send good innocent people to hell?

Asghar: To Allah, good people are only those who believe in His unitary existence and profess that Muhammad is (or was) His Prophet. Those humans and Jinns or, perhaps the animals, who do not believe in these two things, are neither believers nor good beings. The Jews and Christians whom Allah calls the People of the Book – a reference to the Torah (Old Testament or the Pentateuch) and the Injil (i.e. the Bible) He gave, respectively, to Moses and Issa (Jesus Christ), the son of Mary – are also bad people, as they do not believe in the prophethood of Muhammad, and as such, they, too, will find themselves in the fire of Hell- all the good deeds they performed on earth being of no value to Allah.
 

FP: Let’s talk about the Gardens for a moment.

Asghar: Allah created seven Gardens at the time He created the Universe, which includes the seven skies. On them are located all the Gardens. Each Garden’s width is equivalent to the entire width of the sky it is located on, as well as the width of the earth (the Quran; 3:133). In each Garden live various creatures like that of the earth (the Quran; 10:66). The Prophet Muhammad had seen all of them with his own eyes, when he paid a visit to Allah, whose Throne and Residences are presumably located in the Garden that is located on the seventh sky.

All the Gardens have many security gates (the Quran;13:23), manned by angels. All of them have rivers (the Quran; 54:54 et al), flowing with milk and honey (the Quran;47:15) and pure and crystal clear water and delicious wine (the Quran; 76:5 et al), the taste of all of which never changes. The inhabitants of the Gardens will drink wine from goblets (the Quran; 43:71) Allah has crafted for them.

Tall and green Lote-trees without thorns and Talh trees (the Quran; 56:28,29) not only perpetually bear cluster of delectable fruits (the Quran;76:14) and add beauty to the Gardens, they will also provide protection to their inhabitants from the non-existing sun’s heat. Beneath them are laid out comfortable but throne-like benches for the Gardens’ effeminate inhabitants, who will be wearing bracelets of gold, green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade (cf. the Quran; 18:31), and reclining on them, they will conduct their social intercourse among themselves (the Quran; 76:7) and thank Allah for the favors He will bestow on them (the Quran; 10:10).

Allocation of space in the Gardens by Allah will be subject to the ranks He will grant to Muslims, keeping in His mind their performance on earth (the Quran;52:20). Rank number I will go the prophets and apostles who taught and led mankind; the second to the sincere devotees of Truth, who supported His Cause in person and with all their resources; the third to the Martyrs and Witnesses who suffered and served His Cause, and the fourth to the righteous people; generally, those who led ordinary lives, but always with righteous aims.

The higher the rank the better accommodation and treatments its holder will receive in the Gardens. For instance, the residents of the higher Garden, which is also known as the Paradise, will drink their wine from Golden goblets; the residents of the lower ones will drink theirs from the silver ones (the Quran; 76:16). Despite their division into four categories, all the inhabitants of the Gardens will form one equal Brotherhood of Peace, one Society of Concord (Abdullah Yusuf Ali, the Holy Quran; vol. 2, p. 1467). This will eliminate the sense of jealousy, ill-will and competition from the Garden dwellers, thus making their lives most peaceful and dignified.

Allah will carefully control the temperature of all the Gardens. They will, therefore, be neither too cold, nor too hot (the Quran; 76:13). The vagaries of nature, which we confront on earth, will not reach them. They will be free from rain, thunderstorm, tornados, snowing and all other bad climatic effects. There will be no fear, no disappointment, nor sorrow to affect their inhabitants (the Quran; 10:25).

Because of the Gardens’ pleasant and safe climatic conditions, as I have noted above, almost all of its inhabitants will live in their open space. Toilet and shower facilities will not exist in the Gardens. The grounds of the gardens on which Allah lives and walks will be holy and sacred. In order, therefore, to maintain their sanctity and holiness, humans will neither defecate, nor will they urinate on them. Allah will freeze up their wastes in their bodies.
 

All the residents of the Gardens will live in them without any tension or concern for their needs, health and life (the Quran; 52:19). Everything will come to them at the expression of their wish (the Quran; 16:31). If a resident, for instance, will wish to eat a particular fruit, and he will communicate his wish to Allah through a means of communication that is available only in the Gardens (the Quran;56:12), Allah will cause a tree to spring up in front of him, bearing ripe and delicious fruit. The good resident of the Garden will not need to extend or move his hands to pluck the fruit; a simple gesture of his eye will bring it down to his silver plate (inference drawn from verse 76:14).

When he will wish to eat the meat of a rare fowl (the Quran; 56:21), it will land from nowhere on the barbeque and will cook itself into a delicious meat. Its uneaten portion will become a full bird and then fly away, waiting to fulfill at no notice the wish of another honored guest of the Gardens (cf. the Quran; 52:22).

The doors of the Gardens will be opened by Allah Himself with keys in His keeping (the Quran; 39:63). Those Muslims who will enter them will be greeted by Allah with the word “Salam,” a word of salutation from “a Lord Most Merciful” (the Quran; 36:58). The Gate-Keepers of the Gardens will also welcome them in with the words “peace be upon you” (the Quran; 39:73).

Everything in the Gardens will be for the enjoyment of their residents. In them, their male residents will have companions who will provide them with immense pleasure without feeling shame or dislike of their clients. Bashful with dark eyes and virgins, as chaste as the sheltered eggs of ostriches (the Quran; 37:48 & 49), and as young as the men themselves (the Quran; 38:52), the companions (Hurs) will provide them constant company and sex.

Those men who will not have interest in sex with the female Hurs, Allah has made arrangement for them as well: they shall be attended by boys graced with eternal youth, who to the beholder’s eyes will seem like sprinkled pearls. When their clients will gaze upon that scene (what scene it will be is not known), they will behold a kingdom blissful and glorious (The Quran; 76:19-20, as translated by N. J. Dawood). Those boys will be wearing fine silk and heavy brocade, and they will be adorned with bracelets of silver. Allah will make them drunk (cf. the Quran; 76:21), so that they can serve their clients to their entire satisfaction.
 

FP: Just a second. So homosexual pedophiles who get to heaven will be able to have sex with young boys? This is a bit strange no? But before we even get to that, how does it make sense that a homosexual gets into heaven to have sex with boys if homosexuality is considered a sin in Islam?

Asghar: Allah made laws that suited His mission and whims. He prescribed death sentence for the lesbians (the Quran; 4:15), but requires the enforcers of His laws to set the homosexuals free, if they repent their sin, perhaps, with a pat on their wrists (the Quran; 16). This privilege is not available to the lesbians. Why?

According to Prophet Muhammad, women are an affliction and there is nothing more harmful for men than women (see Hadith in volume 7, Book 62, Number 33). He made this observation after being inspired by Allah, for he never said or did anything during his prophetic career without His consent, or permission.

Since Allah is a man, and men controlled the 7th century Arabian society (they still do), without whose conversion to Islam, it would have been impossible for Him to make it His only approved religion (the Quran; 3:85) for mankind, Allah promised boys in the Garden to those men who were homosexuals in order to win them over to His side. While making this and other promises to them and the straight guys, He did not care if what He was telling them made any sense, or if it contradicted His previous statements. Only thing that mattered to Him was His desire to succeed against the Pagans of Mecca and the Jews of Medina.

The early history of Islam tells us that Allah succeeded in His ploys – He being the best among all the “Deceivers” (3:54; the Arabic word “almakireena” in the verse means a deceiver). Muslims of our time take immense pride in His ability to deceive not only them, but also the rest of mankind!
 

FP: Let’s proceed with the Gardens.

Asghar: The male residents of the Gardens and their virgin companions will be doing only one thing: sex. Those men who will be looking for privacy, they will find their beds in lofty mansions, one above another (the Quran; 39:20), which Allah has already constructed for them in an undisclosed place of an un-named Garden.
 

FP: So what happens to the wives of Muslim men who get to heaven?

Asghar: They will chase their husbands to satisfy their sexual needs, as Allah has created no beings, such as male Hurs, to attend to them. But their husbands will not oblige them, for they will remain busy with the beautiful and virgin Hurs all the time. Under such a situation, the good Muslim women will have to depend on each other to meet their sexual needs.
 

FP: There is a lot of sexual action going here. So in Islam, sexual desire obviously remains in humans when their souls get to heaven. Let me get all this straight: Muslim males will be having sex with either Hurs or little boys and since they will be busy doing this, their wives will be having sex with each other?

Asghar: Orgies will always take place in the Gardens. With their male residents’ desire for sex always remaining present in them due to the presence in their midst of, perhaps, naked Hurs, they will have nothing to do, but to have sex with them with no barriers to shield their activity from the next copulating man and Hur. Fathers will be having sex with the Hurs before the eyes of their sons and daughters, and sons will be having sex before their fathers and mothers, if they entered the Gardens. The allurement of booty in their earthly life and the prospect of being able to engage in orgies in their next life brought many Pagans to Islam, thus making Allah successful in His mission against their religion.

Muslims believe in every word of the Quran, as it is from Allah. Many of them wish to die as martyrs so that they can drink and have sex with the Hurs. Not to make them wait, until the Day of Judgment, to enjoy the bliss He has promised to Muslims, Allah transports the martyrs to the Garden as soon as they lay down their lives in His cause.

Other than Muslims, no one else can believe that orgies will take place in the Gardens and that humans will live in them like beasts.
 

FP: So then what?

Asghar: After making sure that all pious Muslims have entered the Gardens and are comfortable there, Allah will order someone to bring to Him the wrong-doers and their wives, and the things they worshipped on earth besides Him (the Quran; 37:22). On seeing them, Allah will tell them: move away from the dwellers of the Gardens. “Did I not tell you that you should not worship Satan; for he was to you an avowed enemy and that you should worship Me alone, for this was the Straight Way? But Satan led a multitude of you astray without you ever perceiving it. So, this is the Hell of which you were repeatedly warned” (the Quran; 36:59-63). Prone on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf (the Quran; 17:97), they will move forward in terror with their necks outstretched, heads uplifted, their gaze returning towards them and their hearts a (gaping) void (the Quran; 14:43), with no hope of escaping punishment from Allah (cf. Abdullah Yusuf Ali; The Holy Quran; p. 706).

In the meantime, Hell will wait to ambush the transgressors who will live in it for ages (the Quran; 78:21-23).
 

FP: Ok, what happens to the sinners?

Asghar: The sinners will be “brought in front of the fire {in the} morning and evening” to hear their sentencing (the Quran; 40:46). Each Christian will come to Him singly to receive his or her punishment (cf. the Quran;19:91-95). How the Jews and the polytheists et al will approach Him is not mentioned in the Qur’an.

Seeing the terrorized sinners approaching Him slowly, Allah will order the herder:

“Bring ye up the wrong-doers and their wives, and the things they worshipped – besides Allah, and lead them to the Way to the (Fierce) Fire! But stop them, for they must be asked: “‘What is the matter with you that ye help not each other?” (The Quran; 36:54).

When the sinners and their wives will find no helpers among them, and after they have demanded to ‘see those among the Jinns and men who had misled them so that they can crush them under the feet’ (the Quran; 41:29), Allah will place the Books of their Deeds before them that contain the details of all they had done on earth (the Quran; 18:49), and then will sentence them to the fire of Hell “to live in it forever” (the Quran; 36:64).
 

FP: Why do Jinns try to mislead humans?

Asghar: Jinns have a major problem with Allah, as He deceitfully expelled one of them, called Iblis, from the Gardens on the pretext that he misled Adam and his wife from His path. Since Iblis could not retaliate against Allah for His deceitful conduct, he sought His permission to mislead humans for what He had done to him. Allah acceded to his request, and as a result, he has been misleading, from the time of Adam till today, those humans who fell or are falling into his trap.
 

FP: There is a process of sinners entering hell?

Asghar: Yes. Hell also has seven gates; through each gate will enter separate groups of sinners (the Quran; 15:44).

After humans and their idols have been sentenced, but before the herder begins dragging them towards the Hell, Allah – like a sadist and vindictive Being- will order the herder to stop them so that He can ask them: “What is the matter with you that ye help not each other” (the Quran; 37:25).

When the sinners and their idols will not be able to answer Allah’s question, and begin arguing among themselves on who led astray whom, Allah will ask their herder to deliver them to the Keepers of Hell. But before opening the gates of the Hell for the sinners, the Gate Keepers will ask them: “Did not apostles come to you from among yourselves, rehearsing to you the Signs of your Lord, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours? (The Quran; 39:71).

Who were the idols’ apostles and what punishment they will receive from Allah on the Day of Judgment for their failure to lead their charge to His righteous path is not to be found in the Qur’an.

Hearing the idols and humans confessing their foolishness to them, the Gate Keepers of Hell, bowing to a stern command of Allah, and to the fury and raging sigh of the Fire (the Quran; 25:12), which is endowed with the faculties of seeing, thinking and judging (see Abul Ala Mududi; Tafhimul Quran; vol. 3, p. 441), will seize them and after binding them together will throw them into a constricted place, forcing them to plead with the Gate Keepers to destroy them there and then (the Quran; 25:13).

Responding to their pleading, the Gate Keepers will collect them from the constricted place and make them march in yokes and chains round their necks towards Hell – the length of the yokes being seventy cubits (the Quran; 69-31-32) - and then throw them into its “boiling fetid fluid and fire” (the Quran; 40:71-72) to be destroyed by them again and again. Inside the Hell, they will be given a ‘garment of fire’ to put over their heads. With their faces turned upside down in the Fire (the Quran; 33:66), ‘boiling water shall continuously be pouring over their heads (the Quran; 22:19); the fetid fluid and fire shall also be performing their duties by continuously burning them. Allah will replace their burned skins with fresh ones so that they can keep on tasting the Penalty (the Quran; 4:56).

Seeing them cry out for help, Allah will have their lips displaced (the Quran; 23:104), telling them, “were not My signs rehearsed to you, and ye did not treat them as falsehoods?” (the Quran; 23:105). Despite having their lips displaced, the sinners will be able to tell Allah, “Our Lord! Our misfortune overwhelmed us, and we became a people astray.”(the Quran; 23:106). They will also cry aloud, saying: “Our Lord! Bring us out: we will live a good life and will not do as we have done” (the Qur’an; 35:37).

Asking them not to talk to Him again, Allah will then shower them with water as hot as molten brass, which will scald their faces (the Quran; 18:29). Even with their bodies and faces completely burned out, the sinners will succeed in asking Allah to give them a “double Penalty and curse them with a very great Curse” (the Quran; 33:67-68), as they had obeyed their chiefs and great ones who misled them on earth.

Condemned men and Jinns will also have ‘intimate’ companions, who had made their past and present seem alluring to them (the Quran; 41:25; the word “intimate” can be found only in Yusuf Ali’s translation of the verse), so that they may be able to bear their punishments with some ease.
 

FP: Wait a second. There is sex in hell too?

Asghar: It is not clear from the Quran, if sinners will be having sex while burning in the fire of Hell. But the use of the word “intimate” by the translator of the verse suggests such a possibility.
 

FP: Do all sinners suffer forever?

Asghar: No, some sinners will escape the punishments, but only after ‘Allah accepts the repentance of His ‘servants’ and forgives them for their sins’ (the Quran;39:53). He will not, however, forgive a vast number of His ‘enemies’ and those who joined gods with Him and will make them live in Hell forever (the Quran; 41:28).

While being continuously burned by fetid water and fire, the peccant will drink boiling water (the Quran; 14:16), and, perhaps, molten brass as well; festering blood, and other putrid things (the Quran; 38:57). They will sip putrid water without being able to swallow it. Death will assail them from every side, yet they will not die, as other harrowing punishments await them (the Quran; 14:17).

Finding the fire of Hell over them, and below them (the Quran; 39:16), and the fetid fluid making them float, the condemned sinners, in fetters and wearing garments of liquid pitch (the Quran; 14:49-50), will hold the idols they worshipped on earth as gods responsible for their plight. The idols will tell them: “Nay, ye yourselves had no Faith. Nor had we any authority over you. Nay, it was ye who were a people in obstinate rebellion! So now has been proved true against us, the Word of our Lord that we shall indeed (have to) taste (the punishment of our sins).” “We led you astray: for truly we were ourselves astray” (the Quran; 37:28-32).

The dwellers of Hell will be made to eat the fruit of Zaqqum tree. It springs out of the bottom of Hell-fire. The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devil, with which they will fill their bellies (the Quran; 37:62-66).

When they will feel thirsty, they will be taken out of Hell and given a mixture of boiling water to drink. They will not be given any cool thing to drink, but a fluid that is dark, murky and intensely cold! (The Quran; 78:24-25). Their thirst over, they will be brought back to Hell’s blazing fire (The Quran; 37:67-68) to live in it forever.
 

FP: Where is the devil in all of this? Is there any redemption for him ever?

Asghar: The devil of the Bible is known as Shaitan (the Quran; 7:20) to Muslims. Allah unethically used him for expelling Adam and his wife from the Garden. Living forever, he is as powerful, if not more, as Allah is, but he does not have the ability to create anything. With the help of humans, he kills many of those Muslims, who visit Ka’aba at Allah’s invitation to perform their hajj; he and his progeny eavesdrop on Allah and angels to find out what they are planning for humans and the earth, at the same time, he constantly tries to mislead humans from the righteous path of Allah, who is one of their creators.

For the crimes Shaitan has been committing from the time Allah expelled him from the Gardens, Allah will never forgive him. Instead, he will burn in the fire of Hell along with Jinns and humans.
 

FP: Mohammad Asghar, this was quite fascinating. One almost never hears about these ingredients of Islamic theology. Thank you for enlightening us.

Asghar: Thank you Jamie.