Why Do Muslims Get 72 Virgins?
It has been a great controversy, even a scandal among the Muslim world primarily situated in the west, regarding the reality of the 72 virgins which the Muslims will get if they fight in war for the sake of Allah and their Islamic religion. What makes this controversial a talk of the town is the fact that these Muslims will in fact be rewarded in the next life if they will act as terrorists or suicide bombers mainly for the sake of their goals, mission and vision. These suicide bombers in the West who lack enough comprehension and knowledge regarding the real essence and message of the Quran must be lectured about the real meaning of these 72 virgins which they might receive when they die for the sake of Allah and for the sake of their faith.
Quran scholars believe that the 72 virgins which every good Muslim will be receiving after their death should not be taken literally. Instead it is a representation of paradise. This paradise projects bliss and happiness of being with Allah. Hence, the 72 virgins may be interpreted as the various good things that await someone who did an exemplary work in his life here on earth.
It is very interesting to note that the 72 virgins are realities not with physical nature but those which are to be found in the parameters or boundaries of spiritual sphere. Hence, if this is the case, it is the soul which will eventually benefit these 72 virgin and not the body. Otherwise, the purpose of Allah in establishing this Islamic religion will be defeated. This religion of the Muslims is not a mundane or physical one but it is something that aims for the glorification of the soul and the body. Hence Muslims do actually receive these 72 virgins as part of their soul’s reward in the life hereafter.