18. The Quran uses the carrot and stick to reinforce behavior

Principle number 18 of Basic Elements of Islam: The Quran uses the carrot and stick to reinforce behavior. Throughout the book are vivid descriptions of hell, where sinners and non-Muslims have to drink boiling, stinking water, are thrown face down into a raging fire, and have to be there for eternity, suffering endless torments in agony. Read more about this.

There are also vivid descriptions of Paradise. In Paradise, believers wear green silk robes and recline on plush couches. Trees shade them, fruit dangles nearby. Believers have tasty food and refreshing drinks served to them in silver goblets.

But to have a chance of reaching Paradise, they must be devout Muslims. To guarantee it, they must die in jihad (for men) or make sure their husbands are always happy with them (for women).


  1. Where in the Quran does it say that men must die in Jihad to go to Jannah? And where does it say in the Quran that if a woman's husband is not happy with her, she cannot go to Jannah?

    Please use evidence to support your statements. Those who are ignorant can take the wrong message.

    I however appreciate your effort on this website. Good job!

  2. The Quran is a small part of Islamic doctrine, which also includes the Hadith and Suna.

    The creator of Islam Exposed wrote a reference article on the Terrifying Brilliance of Islam to provide links and quotes from Islamic doctrine that support the principles above: Terrifying Brilliance of Islam: Amplification of Key Concepts.