Are all ‘houris’ female?

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  1. Oracle

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    By Nilofar Ahmed | From the Newspaper

    IT has traditionally been believed that good men who go to paradise will be rewarded with the beautiful women of paradise known as houris. Women throughout the centuries never thought of asking, ‘what about us?’

    But in this century of women, this question keeps coming up, even in the most conservative of circles. In several places in the Quran, where the blissful condition of the dwellers of paradise is described, mention is also made of houris. In Surah Al-Dukhan it is said, “We will pair them with large-eyed companions (44: 54).” In Surah Al-Tur, it is said, “They will be resting against pillows on couches arranged in rows. We will pair them up with beautiful companions with big, beautiful eyes (52:20).”

    In Surah Al-Rehman, the Quran says, “The houris will be protected in tents, whom neither humans nor jinns have touched before (55: 72).”

    According to Surah Al-Waqia among the blessings of paradise will be “…houris with beautiful eyes like hidden pearls” (56: 22).

    In the same surah, the Quran goes on to describe the conditions for the righteous in paradise: “With companions most refined; Whom We have created in the best of form; We made them virgin; loving, well-matched; For those on the right” (56: 34-38). Even though the word ‘virgin’ is most frequently applied to women, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, it is applicable to both males and females.

    In An Arabic-English Lexicon, Lane gives the definition of ‘hur’ or ‘hurun’, which is the plural form of haura, and can be both masculine as well as feminine. ‘Hawar’ means, “the intense whiteness of the white of the eye and intense blackness of the black of the eye, with intense whiteness or fairness of the rest of the person”. ‘Ahwariyyun’ means “a man, white or fair of the towns or villages”. The word ‘hawariyyun’ means, “those who whiten clothes etc. by washing and beating them”. Or, “one who is freed and cleared from every vice, fault or defect”, or, “a thing that is pure and unsullied”.

    According to Maulana Umar Ahmed Usmani, it is a misconception that hurun means the females of paradise who will be reserved for good men. He says that ‘hur’ or ‘hurun’ is the plural of both ‘ahwaro’, which is the masculine form as well as ‘haurao’, which is feminine. It means both pure males and pure females. He says that basically the word ‘hurun’ means white.

    ‘Alhawarriyat’ means the women of the towns and cities who are comparatively fairer. The word ‘al-hawariyyun’ has also been used in the Quran to refer to the disciples of Jesus, who used to wash clothes white. By whiteness here is also meant the purity of their personalities or souls.

    Another word in the Quran, which has been widely misinterpreted, especially in Urdu translations and commentaries, is ‘zauj’, whose plural is ‘azwaj’. In Arabic this word means “a pair” or “one of a pair”, or “a spouse” (36:36). In Urdu, this word has come to refer to wives only. Sometimes it can also mean “various kinds”, or “variety”. Since ‘zauj’ is also used to refer to the female partner, the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) are referred to as ‘Azwaj-i-Mutaharrat’, or pure companions.

    In the Quran when mention is made of those who will go to paradise, it is stated, ‘Wa lahum fiha azwajum mutaharratun’ (2:25).

    ‘Hum’ is a masculine preposition, but this is used as a common gender and is the manner of address adopted throughout the Quran. It actually means, “And for them will be pure companions”. Pick up any Urdu translation of the Quran and you find something like, “And for them will be pure wives”, and sometimes, “pure women”, assuming that only men will go to paradise and be rewarded with pure and beautiful wives or women.

    There is also the belief that good wives here will be transformed into the women of paradise for the benefit of good men. In the case of ‘zauj’, the word itself belongs to the group of words which come under the heading of ‘ghair zawil uqool’, meaning “those without intelligence”. For the plural of this group, the grammatical female form is used.

    There are numerous examples in history and the Quran of women who will go to paradise. One example is that of Hazrat Aasiya, the wife of Pharaoh. She was an extremely pious woman and did not support her husband in his cruelty, false pride and shirk. When it became clear to him that she was a staunch believer in one God and would never accept him as her god, he punished and tortured her.

    At this she prayed, “O my Lord, make for me a house near You in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the people who are unjust” (66: 11). At this God showed her her heavenly abode and she became blissful. One wonders what the reward for Bibi Aasiya would be: would she be turned into a houri for some man’s pleasure, or would she be rewarded with pure companions, just like the male dwellers of paradise?

    Since loneliness is a blight and no one likes to be alone for a long period, those who are successful will be provided with companions for their eternal life in paradise. Thus houris and azwaj in the Quran refer to the pure, chaste and beautiful companions that both good men, as well as good women, will be rewarded with, without discrimination.

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    LOL The article is complete BS, poor woman trying to find some respite/solace or relevance as a woman in the most recent of the Abrahmical religions, sheepishly playing with words!!

    However, what amazed me was the quote - In Surah Al-Rehman, the Quran says, “The houris will be protected in tents, whom neither humans nor jinns have touched before (55: 72).”

    WTF??? Tents even in heaven?? You gotta be kidding me......No FB, No Internet, No TV, Frarris, PlayStation.......Only Tent, Camels, Sex, Huries................................and wine?? No Vodka, Martini, Rum........And you call this 7th century Bedouin mini-Saudi Arabia in sky as heaven?? This is definitely a creation of a man who was short-sighted and who had never seen the world outside his tent, Kabila and Desert!!


    I think earth is better than this heaven, we have more choice here, and moreover we have the choice to define and shape our lives.......I hope even dumb jihadis and moreover delusional and bigoted pakistanis stop believing in such mumbo-jumbo and start behaving like humans and not savages, I know they will not!!:)
     
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    Since Benazir Bhutto is a Shaheed, will she get some untouched male houris?
     
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    Etymology: English whore comes from Arabic al-houri, meaning woman of heaven.
     
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    LOL, I never realised this, even when it was so obvious. Thanks for pointing it out.
     
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    I have noticed the similarities between the two words before but are you sure they are from the same source? Don't similar words exist in ancient Norse as well? I think it is an Indo-European word and not specific to Hura of Arabic.

    Anyway the Quran also says Haven will provide 20 pearly boys as male servants who will never age. I guess you can do anything with them as well.
     
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    ^^^ Woe woe wo... hold on a second, let me get this straight. So on earth, their women aren't allowed to mingle with unbelieving men, kept hidden in curtains, killed at the drop of a hat, beaten on husband's will, no sex allowed and all that (for men) before marriage and then when they die, suddenly the dudes end up in the la la land of prostitution with women and pearly boys?

    Sounds more like a sexually frustrated wet dream to me rather than a real heaven. So while living, the human being lives like a caged animal doing nothing "offensive" and then all of a sudden after death does everything he never was "allowed" to do when living?

    :lol: epic.
     
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    Houri - New World Encyclopedia

    Yes, they have existed in other languages too, but as far as I know, they all originated form the middle east.
     
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    lets say if God is one, does this whore/houri thing gets applied to all religions or just one religion specific?:pound:
     

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    I thought you are a 'Sikh' warrior; than how is there still a doubt that god is one? Ek Omkar. ;)


    And as for houris, it is a metaphorical speech from my understanding; given to paint a pleasing picture of heaven. Proper Islam, the sufi way, all Muslims should work and do good deeds to accumulate sawab to make their way and enjoy jannah. For Muslims, Praying 5 times a day is good but most muslims get stuck up on this and only do this 5 prayers just because they fear that it is obligatory and not really pray from the heart for the love of god. Naafil is the non obligatory prayer for the Muslims, this is what the truly god loving (not only god fearing) Muslims need to do for Sawab. The majority out there need to non-institutionalize themselves and spiritually indulge in their religion. Most mullahs and imams tend to destroy the spiritual aspect and try to harvest a robotic Muslim ummah. Killing people in name of religion is merely a politicized tool. Ask yourself, Did Bhinderenwala do any different??


    And Sikh warrior lets also keep in mind the primary aspects of Naam Japo (regular prayers), Kirat Karni (honest, decent and a good morals etiquette), and Vand Chakko (charity). No hate mongering son! :tea:

    Cheers!
     
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    Female suicide bomber jihadis should get 72 male houras. Natural justice is something.

    Second. If all houris are female where will pathan do?

    So all houris are not females. QED.
     
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