“Like pearls in shells”

On my last post, The Common Atheist left a comment about pedophilia in Islam and the book and movie Kite runner. It reminded me of two words in Quran. (Thank you Jim!). The two words are Qelmaan (غلمان، plural of Qolaam which means male servant) and Veldaan (ولدن، boys). Both words are synonymous in Quran and refer to teenage boys who have not gone through puberty yet. These boys are offered to special believers in heaven and they are described as beautiful like pearls in shells, well protected!!! WHAT THE FUCK! What kind of sick god would offer such a thing!? Abrahamic god.

Qelman is used only once:

Veldaan is used more than once as follows. The followings reminded me of a scene from Kite runner.

As you can see, the boys are compared to pearls in shells. The other instance of such comparison is with Huris (beautiful young virgin girls). The young virgins are also compared to “pearls in shells”.

As you can see, boys and girls sex slaves are promised to believers in heaven! They are numerous, young and virgin. They obey and don’t say anything against the believers’ will.

I feel sick and angry after writing this post. I am sorry if it makes you feel the same. I just have one question from believers. How can you read the “holy books” and still believe???

Religious fundamentalism and the man behind it

It is quite bold to say that there was ONE man behind Islamic fundementalism, however it is true. Abu Hamid Al Ghazali was a Persian theologist who put an end to the Golden Age of Arabic/Persian science. Lived between 1055 to 1111 AD, he took the Islamic world back to the dark ages with the help of the vizier of Seljuq dynasy of Persia, Nizam Al Mulk. Nizam Al Mulk ,who established religious colleges, institutionalised religious studies and laws and created lucrative career for Mullahs and preachers, which has prolonged until today.

Al Ghazali started bashing science, blaming it to be harful to Muslims’ faith. As the brain of Nizamiye, Ghazali knew that religion wouldn’t stand a chance against logic and science, and its weakness would lead to Saljuq’s dawn. Thus, he criticized Avicenna, Al Farabi and Aristotle’s philosophy and wrote a book on the incoherence of philosophy and science, claiming that religion was the ultimate answer. (As you might know, Avicenna is the most influential physician of the Islamic Golden Age and the father of the early modern medicine, and Al Farabi was a philosopher and mathematician.)

Al Ghazali’s fear and hatred toward logic and science was so fierce that he accused mathematics of being the Satan’s work! Al Ghazali , in his effort to bash science, claimed that everything happened becuase of God’s will and nothing would happen if God didn’t will it to. As an example, he explained that cotton burned near fire had not happened because of a natural law or an independent law of cause, but it only happened because God willed it to!

His numerous publications and claims led to the end of the Islamic Golden Age, an era which had not started because of the religion ,despite its name, but ended because of the religion.

Al Ghazali and Nizam Al Mulk can be considered as the most influential people in shaping today’s Islam world, particularly Iran. The establishment of religious studies, creating the career of muslim clergies and the shaming of science have all led to what we have today as Islam. Iran as an Islamic country respects Al Ghazali by calling him Imam Ghazali and considers him as a renewer of the faith. It’s not surprising as Mullahs and Ayatollahs rule the theocracy of Iran.