Maulana Sajid Rashidi, who is the President of the All India Imam Association, in a recent interview highlighted several points about Islam while adding that politics influences the Muslim community today which he said has moved away from ‘true religion’. Furthermore, he stated that 72 hoors are made available for men in jannat (Islamic heaven) as a reward for their ‘good deeds’ on earth.
Rashidi was being interviewed by Pakistani journalist Arzoo Kazmi. When she questioned “doesn’t liquor, 72 hoors being permitted in heaven (jannat) amount to debauchery”? Maulana Rashidi replied “72 hoors have been provided in Koran as a reward for men for the good deeds they do on earth”. A hoor or houri is a virgin female of unnatural beauty that Islamic religious texts state will be available for the pleasure of men in jannat.
On being questioned why no such provision was made for women, he first replied that the woman would be made the head of the 72 hoors that her husband gets. When Kazmi bemoaned that a woman would be stuck with the same earthly husband even in paradise, while the husband would have a bevy of beauties to choose form, Rashidi had no reply and said that Kazmi should be asking this question to Allah who has made these provisions for Muslims in heaven.
He also said that it has been mentioned in the Koran that men would be rewarded with hoors while women would reunite with her husband if he has done enough good deeds to attain heaven. He believed that the provision for liquor in heaven is ‘different’ from that on earth. A true Mohammedan is one who follows all that has been said in the Koran. He was of the opinion that if Allah has made certain things including hoors available in heaven then men should enjoy them.
The Maulana was critical of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud who he believes to be a Jew. He stated that Salman was introducing all that has been prohibited by the Koran such as gambling, liquor etc. in an attempt to ensure that Muslims move away from the true religion. He further stated that Muslims were being corrupted by those pretending to be Muslims but who are actually Jews. Maulana Rashidi opined that Jews and Christians were conspiring to give Islam a bad name and cited 9/11 to be a Jewish conspiracy as an example.
It is important to note that the Maulana bases all his opinions on the Koran. Even as we are told that there are different ‘interpretations’ of Islam, Maulana Rashidi’s opinions clearly point at one Islam that draws its principles from the Koran and Hadith in its entirety.
The discrimination against women is also amply clear from the fact that while men are ‘rewarded’, there seems to be no reward for women in this life or the next. Also, the deep-rooted tendency to spin conspiracy theories can also been seen in this Maulanas world-view, and such men are considered the representatives of the Muslim community by India’s secular state, including by the current so-called Hindu nationalist government.
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