September 14, 2014 9:38 am -

Tarek Mehanna (pictured), now doing 17 years in prison, wrote a poem in 2008 that is being used for recruiting purposes.


The ode, which includes the promise of 72 virgins with “round and firm chests,” was distributed online. It still pops up to recruit Westerns to the life of jihad. It reads:

“Make Martyrdom What You Seek”
The bullets hit your hearts like the stings of a bee
You fall on your face as all you can see

Are the Gardens so wide when you’re put in the ground
You’ve been searching for years and now you have found

The Ultimate Prize, so sacred, so sweet.
Your bargain with your Lord is finally complete,

Because you are all martyrs without fear or grief
Who gave all you had for your precious belief,

You promised Him your souls and He promised you much more
Now you can enjoy what He’s kept in store

An endless reward for those who stood by
The covenant they made that towards death they would fly,

While graves burn the sinners and squeeze them so tight
You’re shown your places in the Garden, so spacious and bright,

On the Day when Great Terror shall steal all their words
Your souls will rest in the hearts of green birds,

Under the Great Throne with beauty beyond measure
At you ar-Rahmaan laughs, expressing his Pleasure,

Sufficient is this as a heavenly prize
But prepared for you is that never before seen by the eyes,

On your head is placed a crown, one jewel of which is worth
More than all of the jewels contained in this Earth,

You are brought to a gathering with companions so beautiful
The Prophets, the righteous and those who are truthful,

Al-Firdaws, where those of the Right Hand shall meet
Where the soil is white musk, so smooth and so sweet,

You scoop up a handful and throw it in the air
You are relaxed by the rivers flowing everywhere,

Water, milk and honey gushing forth non-stop
So thick and delicious you want to devour each drop,

You drink so much you almost end up falling
Into the flowing current, then you hear voices calling,

You turn and behold! The voices are singing
Coming from Maidens so fair and enchanting,

These are the Hoorees with round and firm chests
Pure untouched virgins, they’re better than the best,

Seventy-two in all, with large eyes of dark hue
Each one created especially for you,

[su_r_sky_ad]They call our your name asking where you are
But to their disappointment, from the battles you are far,

Your heart is intoxicated by the pleasures of this life
Fear (of death) has wounded your manhood like a sharp knife,

A knife sharpened by the callers to Hell’s every door
Who pulled the sword from your hand and threw it to the floor,

And given you women, children and money instead
Convincing you ‘this is better than ending up dead’

But no! They are alive, rejoicing and provided for!
When asked what they desire, they will answer no more!

So be from the cream of this heavenly crop!
Shake off your fear and let your doubts drop!

Pick up the sword and grab your horse’s reins tight!
Throw off your armor and jump into the fight!

Make your path be none other than Islam’s high peak
Whose mountain is climbed by making death what you seek!

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

22 responses to ISIS Uses Poem About 72 Virgins To Recruit

  1. mea_mark September 14th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    A scam and a lie, all they will do is die.

    • granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      – a Republican original.

  2. Abby Normal September 14th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Here they are.

    • granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      ten nuns with guns!

      the NRA might wanna run with this one!

  3. crc3 September 14th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Why just 72? Why not a hundred or hundreds of thousands? After all eternity is…well…eternity.

    • mea_mark September 14th, 2014 at 11:02 am

      My guess is, it probably has something to do with the 72 tarot cards. The cards are symbols that reflect life more or less unadulterated by people with agendas. When you die you will see the truth for what it really is, unadulterated.

      • uzza September 14th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        It’s from the Hadith. Supposedly some guy heard Muhammad saying, ‘The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy-two houri, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine and ruby, as wide as the distance from al-Jabiyyah to San’a”(about 2,000 miles)[Tafsir ibn Kathir 57]

        • mea_mark September 14th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

          I looked into it a little bit. From what I can tell, my off the cuff guess seems to make more sense than anything I found. Religion is that way though, always being rewritten so it can be used to control people rather than just help with understanding that which can’t be understood.

          • uzza September 14th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

            What are you talking about? It doesn’t have anything to do with Tarot cards.

  4. edmeyer_able September 14th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Sad that they have hijacked a religion and it’s followers into believing that their god will only reward those that kill in his name.

  5. Steven Critcher September 14th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Just plain awful.

    • jasperjava September 14th, 2014 at 11:42 am

      It’s a pretty bad poem, but 17 years in jail? The literary criticism is rather harsh.

  6. uzza September 14th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    What kind of Heaven you invent tells a lot about you. The Christains pimp being in the
    presence of god, which is lame enough. This guy disses “women, children, and money” but what’s he think is better? A garden, a throne, jewels, lots of pussy. He sounds like a drug lord.

    In the Koran Mo constantly harps on Paradise being filled with “streams and fruit”
    or IOW not a godforsaken desert like he lived in. Pretty low bar, that.

  7. granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    being that eternity is going to be for a long long time, 72 just doesn’t add up to be nearly as much as they’re making it out to be.
    72/forever and forever = not a whole damn lot!

    also, noticing there’s a lot of food consumption (standard for most paradises) without any sh*tters won’t be much of a desirable place after 24 hours with building discomfort thereafter. Better to be in this life with a roll of Charmin than in their paradise with a heavy ass crown loaded with jewels and no place to recycle, I say.

  8. William September 14th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    So apparently heaven is actually a star trek convention for these guys.

  9. fancypants September 14th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    a poem ? Everyone knows the objective, He who has more porn movies… Calls the shots

  10. tiredoftea September 14th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Well, it just doesn’t flow like “99 Bottles of Beer”, but it’s shorter, so it has that going for it.

  11. whatthe46 September 15th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    yada yada yada.

  12. mmaynard119 September 15th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Their next song – 99 Problems.

  13. Concerned September 15th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    That’s a well known typo in the Koran. It’s raisins not virgins as was pointed out in a fatwa by Robin Williams.

    • mea_mark September 15th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      You might want to do some research on that. That has been debunked. It is not raisins. Google it.

      • Concerned September 16th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        No, It’s Raisins not virgins. No GoogIe required. I heard him give the fatwa, myself. It’s not hear-say.