Dear Dr. Van Impe, I have just finished reading the Koran and I just watched your DVD “Islam Exposed” and I have two questions. I could not find in my Koran the verse “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them”… We are all familiar with the saying that if a Muslim dies while killing infidels he will go to Heaven with 72 virgins. I cannot find this verse in my Koran either. Can you help me out on these two questions? James B. H.

Those statements are not in the Koran itself, but in the hadiths which are reports describing the words, actions, or habits of Muhammad.

The book “Shariah: The Threat to America” says on page 32:

Lying/Taqiyya: It is permissible for a Muslim to lie, especially to non-Muslims, to safeguard himself personally or to protect Islam.

  • “Let not the believers take the disbelievers as friends instead of the believers, and whoever does that, will never be helped by Allah in any way, unless you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allah warns you against Himself, and to Allah is the final return.” (Q 3:28)
  • “‘Unless you indeed fear a danger from them’ meaning, except those believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers. In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly…‘We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.’” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Vol 2, 141)


Regarding the 72 virgins, we read in the hadith of al-Migdaam ibn Ma’di Karb:

“The martyr (shaheed) has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn; and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”