The interviewer invokes the Islamic prohibition against suicide against this would-be jihad-martyrdom suicide bomber. However, the Qur’an says: “Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed.” (9:111) Many Islamic scholars, including Qaradawi, have justified jihad-martyrdom suicide bombing by saying it is not suicide, but an attempt to kill and be killed for Allah.
The number seventy-two for the virgins of Paradise comes from the Hadith: “None is made to enter Paradise by Allah Most High except Allah Most High shall marry him to seventy-two wives, two of them from the wide-eyed maidens of Paradise and seventy of them his inheritance from the People of Hellfire, not one of them but her attraction never lags nor his arousal ever wanes.” (Ibn Majah; Ibn Adi’s Kamil; al-Bayhaqi’s al-Ba`th wal-Nushur)
Be sure to watch the whole video, as the transcript below is incomplete. “Let me blow myself, my 72 virgins are waiting for me in heaven: Pakistani suicide bomber,” India TV, August 3, 2015:
New Delhi: An arrested Pakistani suicide bomber said that he will blew himself because 72 virgins are waiting for him in heaven.
Interestingly, militant groups like ISIS also quote Islamic scriptures to point out that a suicide bomber will get 72 virgins in heaven.
The suicide bomber said that he will carry out the blast even if he founds his family members in the crowd.
According to him, a man who is a jihadi is true follower of Islam whereas others are not.
The suicide bomber, who is now under arrest in Pakistan, said that 72 virgins are waiting for him and there is no logic in marrying only one here.
Given below are the excerpts of his interview:
Q. Will you take revenge from all?
A. Yes, I will – as much as I can, even if it includes my family. If I go out for suicide bombing and I see my family there, even then I will blow myself
Q. In suicide bombing innocent Muslims and even those who hate America are killed.
A. No. Those who are not taking part in Jihad are not innocent. Only those are innocent who are taking part in the Jihad in Miranshah etc. We have no repentance, no sorrow for killing. If our leader orders us to kill two people and hundreds are killed in this process even then we will do.
Q. How many brothers and sisters you have?
A. 9, including me.
Q. Your family supports you for this? Do they (family) know about you?
A. They tried to stop me but I don’t care.
Q. Are you married?
Q. Do you wish to marry?
A. No, 72 virgins are waiting for me in heaven – so why I should prefer only one here?
Q. Are virgins waiting for those as well who are killed at your hands?
A. No. They will be treated there (hereafter) as per their intentions. If they support government, then they will be answerable accordingly. Our leader has told us that you will not be responsible for the killing of those who are killed other than your target.
No one in Pakistan is innocent. Whoever is outside Waziristan is not innocent, they will be innocent if they go and support Taliban (in their fighting).