Just because I am an atheist does not mean I cannot dream about Heaven. I want to admit here that the Muslim concept of Heaven actually mirrors my own. According to Muslim belief, everything one longs for in this world, will be there in Paradise. Rivers of wine and clear drink, an unending supply of nubile young women of "dazzling whiteness" wearing costly robes, golden and diamond studded bracelets, perfumes from the essences of the most exotic orchids.
Delicious fruits of all seasons fill silver goblets. The palaces are mansions made from bricks of gold and silver, inlaid with pearls, lapis, rubies and emeralds. Your every wish is fulfilled.
Women of indescribable sultriness and skilled in the pleasures of love recline on couches sewn with intertwined threads of gold, the finest of Oriental silk, and the blond hairs of virgins from the north countries.
And in all this, I was able to obtain an actual photo of this Paradise by aid of a Jinn who granted my wish to see the world to come.
Amazingly, it is exactly as described in the Qur'an and as my mind pictured it, with a host of Angels bestride the Ruler of Paradise: