Ibrahim Barda'aya, a 54-year-old single resident of al-Aroub to the north of Hevron in Judea, was recently shot dead by security forces as he attempted to conduct a stabbing attack armed with an ax.
The imam of Barda'aya's mosque Abdallah Azam told the Hamas paper Palestine that the terrorist merited to be a "martyr" and to "marry virgins in Paradise," reciting the classic Muslim trope used in inciting terror attacks.
According to the terrorist's imam, Azam chose to be single and consciously did not marry specifically because he wanted to die a terrorist and "marry virgins" in the afterlife. Barda'aya's family members made similar statements to the paper.
In Muslim theology "martyrs" are those who die while trying to implement the path of Allah, and they are given immediate atonement for all their sins with the first drop of their blood.
"Martyrs" are likewise freed of the tribulations of the grave, a crown of honor is placed on their heads, and they marry 72 virgins from Paradise known as Hoor al-Ayn. They can bring 70 of their family members along with them into Paradise.
An added twist is that "martyrs" are granted the sexual potency of 100 men, according to the Muslim faith.
Apparently all of the perks were too much for Barda'aya to resist and he happily set off to murder Jews, before being shot dead in his tracks.
The "martyr" belief further posits that if the Muslim wife of a "martyr" is devout she will remain his wife in Paradise. Women are eligible for the delights of the world to come with their husbands. If a Muslim woman marries several times, she will belong to her last husband in Paradise.
One of the traditions posits that in Paradise each man will have only one wife, while the righteous will have two wives, and "martyrs" will have 72 because they enter Paradise without any sins on their souls.