Background: Do you know that in thousands of pages of the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is absolutely no mention of any Houris? But it was Muhammad, who later just made it all up himself.
Till the time of Muhammad (i.e. 7th century AD), the stories of many religions and cultures reached Arabia too. And Muhammad mixed all those stories of different religions/cultures in order to form his new religion of Islam. For example:
- Muhammad took the basic idea of his new religion from Judaism/Christianity.
- But at the same time, Muhammad also introduced the Hajj rituals of pagan Arabs into Islamic Sharia, which suited his new religion and gave it strength to get a connection with pagan Arabs through continuing Hajj rituals.
- And Muhammad also took many practices from Zoroastrians like praying 5 times a day, head covers during prayers, the Ascension to Heaven, ritual purification before prayer, the Bridge over Hell (Islamic Pul-Sirat) etc. (link).
And Muhammad took the concept of Houris from Zoroastrians too (link), as it helped him to entice horny men into joining his new religion and also to wage wars for him in greed of getting houris by becoming martyrs.
Table of Contents:
- If Muslim men get Houris, then what will pious Muslim women get in paradise?
- Why will women not be given the right to enjoy 72 male Houris?
- Threatening women to obey their husbands through curses and mocking of Houris
- Quran is FULL of verses about men getting beautiful Houris but totally empty about what women will get in the paradise
- Quran and Ahadith are full of mention of the BEAUTY of Houris, but both are empty about the beauty of Muslim women in paradise
- Islam Apologists: It is in the nature of man to wish to have multiple women for sex, but women don't wish to have multiple partners
- Islam apologists: The term Hūr refers both to pure men and pure women
- Islam apologists: The concept of Houris is only allegorical and not literal
If Muslim men get Houris, then what will pious Muslim women get in paradise?
- Quran is totally silent upon the matter of women what they will get in paradise (although, the Quran is full of verses where men will be getting extremely beautiful virgin Houris)
- There is a Hadith which tells that women will get their "Last Husbands" as their companions in paradise.
This Hadith is as under:
Imaam al-Tabaraani said in his book al-Mu’jam al-Awsat, 3/275:
خطب معاوية بن أبى سفيان أم الدرداء بعد وفاة أبي الدرداء فقالت أم الدرداء إني سمعت أبا الدرداء يقول سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول أيما امرأة توفي عنها زوجها فتزوجت بعده فهي لآخر أزواجها وما كنت لأختارك على أبي الدرداء
Mu’aawiyah ibn Abi Sufyaan proposed marriage to Umm al-Darda’ after Abu’l-Darda’ had passed away. Umm al-Darda’ said: I heard Abu’l-Darda’ say: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: any woman whose husband dies and she marries someone else after him, she will be with the last of her husbands (in paradise), and I would not choose you over Abu’l-Darda’.
Even this reward for women in paradise is also problematic, while:
- This Hadith is ultimately stopping a poor widow Muslim woman to remarry in this world, due to the fear of not getting together with her deceased husband in paradise.
- What if she loved someone else, but was forced to marry a person (for example an old man), whom she never loved throughout her married life?
- Even if we assume that a woman of this world will also become beautiful in paradise (like Houris), and also a virgin whom her husband can deflower every time, still it is a reward for the man, and not for the woman.
Note: There is another tradition, which claims that women will get their favourite husband in paradise, but that Hadith is considered to be 'extremely weak' by Muslim authorities (link).
Moreover, Quran and Ahadith both are totally silent about such a female believer who dies unmarried or was married to a man who will not enter Paradise.
Why will women not be given the right to enjoy 72 male Houris?
Allah/Muhammad presented this concept that physical things like sex, drinking, eating etc will be enjoyed in paradise too. Thus, men will get 72 virgin-Houris to enjoy physical sex all the time that they wish for it.
Sex or no sex, but women at least indeed need COMPANIONSHIP.
What wrong would have happened if they got the companionship of beautiful young boys (غلمان) i.e. male-Houris? Off course, women would have enjoyed their companionship a lot, and even would have enjoyed LOVE through sexual activity with them. Yes, a part of sex consists of LOVE, and women indeed enjoy love.
Instead of beautiful young boys, the poor woman will be compelled to wait for her husband, who will be busy in doing sex with 72 houris.
And why is she not given the special powers of enjoying the love and companionship of 100 male Houris at the same time, just like men will be given the extra power to do sex with 100 women in paradise?
The Prophet (s.a.w) said: "The believer shall be given in paradise such and such strength in intercourse ." it was said: "O Messenger of Allah! And will he able to do that?" He said: "He will be given the strength of a hundred."
Why these Double Standards?
Instead of getting any special powers, she is compelled to wait for her husband till the time he is finished having sex with Houris due to his special powers of intercourse.
Note: Enjoying sex is totally NATURAL for women too, while it is the highest point of LOVE that they feel during this process.
Threatening women to obey their husbands through curses and mocking of Houris
We all know about Islamic brainwashing if women don't allow their husbands to rape them, then angels curse them the whole night.
But this is not the only curse that women get, but they are also cursed and mocked by the army of Houris if only their husbands are annoyed.
Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1174:
The Prophet said: “No woman annoys her husband in the world except that his wife among the Al-Huril-Ain said: ‘Do not annoy him, may Allah destroy you, he is only like a guest with, soon he will part from you for us.’”
Grade: Classed sahih by al-Albani and al-Dhahabi
But contrary to that, if a Muslim husband annoys his wife, then there are no male Houris present to curse and mock him.
Forget about annoying, even if a Muslim husband beats his wife brutally, then he has full permission for that, and no male Horis are present to curse him. That is why, even Sahaba (male companions) of Muhammad used to beat their wives even more brutally than non-Muslims, but Muhammad never threatened them with the curse of angels or any male Houris.
Rifa`a divorced his wife whereupon `AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. `Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot (bruise) on her skin caused by severe beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah's Apostle came, `Aisha said, "I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women (i.e. even the non-Muslim men don't beat their non-believing women so brutally). Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!"
Many Sahaba (including Zubair Ibn 'Awam, who was one of the best 10 companions) were famous for beating their wives, but they were never threatened by curses of angels or male Houris.
Why these Double Standards?
Please read our detailed article: The deadly COMBINATION of two Evils: Brutal BEATING of Women + Women having no right to Divorce despite this beating
Quran is FULL of verses about men getting beautiful Houris but totally empty about what women will get in the paradise
(1) Quran 44:54:
كَذَٰلِكَ وَزَوَّجْنَٰهُم بِحُورٍ عِينٍ
Thus. And We will marry (Arabic: زَوَّجْنَٰهُم) them (to) Houris with (beautiful) large eyes.
(2) Quran 52:20:
مُتَّكِـِٔينَ عَلَىٰ سُرُرٍ مَّصْفُوفَةٍ ۖ وَزَوَّجْنَٰهُم بِحُورٍ عِينٍ
Reclining on thrones lined up, and We will marry them to Houris with (beautiful) large eyes.
(3) Quran 55:70-76:
فِيهِنَّ خَيْرَٰتٌ حِسَانٌ ... حُورٌ مَّقْصُورَٰتٌ فِى ٱلْخِيَامِ ... حُورٌ مَّقْصُورَٰتٌ فِى ٱلْخِيَامِ ... لَمْ يَطْمِثْهُنَّ إِنسٌ قَبْلَهُمْ وَلَا جَآنٌّ ... مُتَّكِـِٔينَ عَلَىٰ رَفْرَفٍ خُضْرٍ وَعَبْقَرِىٍّ حِسَانٍ
In them (are) good and beautiful ones ... Houris cloistered in pavilions ... Untouched (i.e. undeflowered) by any man or by jinn before them ... Reclining on green cushions and rich carpets excellent.
(4) Quran 56:22-23:
وَحُورٌ عِينٌ كَأَمْثَٰلِ ٱللُّؤْلُؤِ ٱلْمَكْنُونِ
And Houris with big beautiful eyes. Like pearls within their shells,
(5) Quran 2:25:
وَبَشِّرِ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّٰتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَٰرُ ۖ كُلَّمَا رُزِقُوا۟ مِنْهَا مِن ثَمَرَةٍ رِّزْقًا ۙ قَالُوا۟ هَٰذَا ٱلَّذِى رُزِقْنَا مِن قَبْلُ ۖ وَأُتُوا۟ بِهِۦ مُتَشَٰبِهًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِيهَآ أَزْوَٰجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ ۖ وَهُمْ فِيهَا خَٰلِدُونَ
And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, "This is what we were provided with before." And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.
Note: Islam apologists try to deceive here by claiming that this verse is not for Houris, but for Muslim women of this world, who will be wives of men of Jannah. But this is wrong, while the Arabic word: Azwaj أَزْوَٰجٌ is used, and in the previous verses 44:54 and 52:20, this same word is used by the Quran itself that Allah will marry the Houris with men of Jannah.
Moreover, the number of pious Muslim women is lesser than pious Muslim men, as the majority of them will be in hell (according to Muhammad). Thus, every pious man in Jannah cannot get multiple wives if Muslim women of this world is meant here. The condition of multiple wives for pious Muslim men could only be met in the case of Houris.
Moreover, Surah Baqara was revealed in Mecca. But the following Hadith proves that till the Medinan period, there was no verse in Quran regarding women in paradise.
Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Hadith 3211:
Narrated Umm 'Umarah Al-Ansariyyah: that she came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: "I do not see but that everything is for the men, and I do not see anything being mentioned for the women." So this Ayah was revealed: Verily men and women who have come to submission, men and women who are believers, men and women who are devout, truthful men and truthful women, men and women with endurance, men and women who are modest, men and women who give alms, men and women who observe fasting, men and women who guard their private parts, and those men and women who remember God a great deal, for them God has forgiveness and a great reward. (Verse 33:35).
- She is an Ansariyyah woman, which proves till that time in the Medinan period, nothing was revealed in Quran about women in paradise.
- And Surah Ahzab (i.e. verse 33:35) was also revealed in Medina,
Thus, it also proves that the verse of Surah Baqarah (2:25) is about Houris and not about Muslim women of this world, while Surah Baqarah was revealed earlier in the Meccan period.
Moreover, Umm Salama (wife of Muhammad) also noted the same that nothing was revealed in Quran about women (link). And she also wed Muhammad only in Medina.
(6) Quran 4:57:
وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ سَنُدْخِلُهُمْ جَنَّٰتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَٰرُ خَٰلِدِينَ فِيهَآ أَبَدًا ۖ لَّهُمْ فِيهَآ أَزْوَٰجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ ۖ وَنُدْخِلُهُمْ ظِلًّا ظَلِيلًا
But those who believe and do righteous deeds - We will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide forever. For them therein are purified spouses, and We will admit them to deepening shade.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the full moon, and the batch next to them will be (glittering) like the most brilliant star in the sky. Their hearts will be as if the heart of a single man, for they will have neither enmity nor jealousy amongst themselves; everyone will have two (to 72) wives (depending of their status) from the houris, (who will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh."
(7) Quran 43:70:
ٱدْخُلُوا۟ ٱلْجَنَّةَ أَنتُمْ وَأَزْوَٰجُكُمْ تُحْبَرُونَ
Enter Paradise, you and your spouses delighted.
This Surah Zukhruf was also revealed in Mecca, and we know nothing was revealed in Quran for women there. Thus, again Houris are meant here for spouses.
(8) Quran: 56:35-37:
إِنَّآ أَنشَأْنَٰهُنَّ إِنشَآءًفَجَعَلْنَٰهُنَّ أَبْكَارًاعُرُبًا أَتْرَابًا
Indeed, We [We] have produced them (into) a creation, And We have made them virgins, loving and of matching age.
Again, Islam apologists try to claim this verse is not about Houris but about pious Muslim women of this world. But they are again refuted by the fact that this Surah 56 (i.e. Surah Waqiya) was also revealed in Mecca. Moreover, see the following hadith.
Narrated Abu Hurayrah:
It was said to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, “Do we have sexual intercourse in Paradise?” He said, “Yes, by the One in whose hand is my soul, he shall thrust again and again. And when he lifts off of her (after completing sex), she shall come back as a virgin, having been purified.”
Sahih Ibn Hibban 7402. Classed sahih by al-Albani and hasan by al-Arna’ut.
Moreover, the previous verses have no mention of Muslim women of this world but they only mention Houris in paradise (see Verse 56:22-23). This also proves that verses 56:35-37 are not for pious Muslim women of this world, but about Houris.
(9) Quran 55:56:
فِيهِنَّ قَٰصِرَٰتُ ٱلطَّرْفِ لَمْ يَطْمِثْهُنَّ إِنسٌ قَبْلَهُمْ وَلَا جَآنٌّ
In the midst of these shall be maidens with modest, restrained glances; maidens whom no man or jinn has ever touched before.
(10) Quran 78:31-33:
اِنَّ لِلۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ مَفَازًا حَدَآئِقَ وَ اَعۡنَابًا وَّکَوَاعِبَ اَتۡرَابًا
Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of (the heart's) desires; Gardens enclosed, and grapevines; And full-breasted voluptuous girls [i.e. Houris] of equal age
Ibn Kathir writes under the commentary of this verse (link):
The word (کَوَاعِبَ) has been interpreted to refer to "fully developed" or "round" breasts ... they meant by this that the breasts of these girls will be fully rounded and not sagging, because they will be virgins.
So, there are at least 10 verses present in the Quran about Men getting beautiful Houris.
But what about the women?
The answer is there are ZERO Quranic verses which tell about women and what they will get in paradise.
Islam apologists come up with this excuse that the Quran describes the beauty of Houris and enjoyment with them in order to INSPIRE men about the Jannah.
But what about the INSPIRATION of women?
Why these Double Standards?
Quran and Ahadith are full of mention of the BEAUTY of Houris, but both are empty about the beauty of Muslim women in paradise
We have already read above how Quranic verses are mentioning the beauty of Houris in paradise. And there are hundreds of Ahadith which are also full of mention of the beauty of Houris. For example:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "...every man will have two (to 72) wives from the houris, (who will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh."
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "... And if an houri from Paradise appeared to the people of the earth, she would fill the space between Heaven and the Earth with light and pleasant scent and her head cover is better than the world and whatever is in it."
There are literally hundreds of Ahadith recorded by Muslim Scholars, which mention the beauty of each and every part of Houris, including their vaginas, like:
- All Houris will have libidinous vaginas,
- While Muslim men will have an eternal erection in their penis.
Please read the following article at WikiIslam.net for details: Houri (Heavenly Virgin)
Moreover, if someone is interested, then please also listen to the speeches of Maulana Tariq Jamil of Pakistan. He is famous for narrating these Ahadith about the beauty of Houris, each and every part of their bodies, and how Muslim men will be deflowering them again and again, and how long the sexual act will long, and how much enjoyment it will provide to men, and how it will continue for eternity etc.
As compared to these Quranic verses and hundreds of Ahadith about the beauty of Houris, both the Quran and Ahadith are empty from mentioning the beauty of Muslim women in paradise.
Islam apologists come up with this lame excuse that the Quran and Ahadith are full of mention of the beauty of Houris, in order to INSPIRE the Muslim men.
But what about inspiring Muslim women?
I wish there would have been verses in Quran which could have inspired men to treat their wives well by telling them that their wives will be even more beautiful than Houris, and if they treat their wives well, then they will get the companionship of their wives in paradise too.
Note: Some Muslim Scholars make claims that Muslim women will be more beautiful than Houris in paradise, but these Scholars are fabricating these claims at their own and they don't have any Quranic verses or authentic Hadith to back up their claims.
Islam Apologists: It is in the nature of man to wish to have multiple women for sex, but women don't wish to have multiple partners
If Muslims claim that it is natural for men to wish to have multiple women as sex partners, then they also have to accept that it is in the nature of women not to hide their beauty, but to expose it, and use it in order to capture the attention and affection of men and they like to hear that their beauty is praised by multiple men.
Then why is it so that Islam fulfils the nature of men only, but puts restrictions upon the nature of women?
Moreover, it is also in the nature of women that they need more time, and more attention, more love and more affection from their partners.
But Islam is such a non-natural religion which kills the nature of women (i.e. the requirement for more attention, time and love) by allowing men to have multiple wives and dozens of slave women as sex objects, while their wives will be waiting for them to get free first from 72 houris.
And this oppression of Islam against the nature of women is not only limited to this world (where Muslim men are allowed to have multiple wives and dozens of slave women), but this oppression of Islam against women will also continue even in paradise, where Muslim husband will be busy in 72 Houris, while poor Muslim women will be waiting for him to get finished from having sex with beautiful Houris.
Why is it so that Allah cares for the natural needs of women neither in this life nor in paradise?
Islam apologists: The term Hūr refers both to pure men and pure women
Since Islam apologists failed miserably to find equal rewards for Muslim women in paradise as Muslim men and their sexual activities with Houris, thus modern Islam apologists came up with a new excuse that the Quranic term Hūr refers both to pure men and pure women.
But this excuse is not going to work for them, while Quran itself mentioned in verse 55:70-76 that these Houris are untouched by any man or by jinn before them. Thus, Quran has itself made it clear that the gender of Houris is feminine. Moreover, in all the verses Houris are used as a reward for believing men, and not in a single verse they are mentioned as a reward for believing women.
And as far as the Ahadith of Muhammad are concerned, then Muhammad was very clear about the gender of Houris and how they will be used as sexual objects by the believing men. Do these modern Islam claim to understand Quran better than Muhammad himself?
Islam apologists: The concept of Houris is only allegorical and not literal
Modern Islam apologist Muhammad Asad claims that the references to houris should be taken to be allegorical rather than literal. In support of this view, he quotes Quran verse 32:17.
Quran 32:17: No one knows what delights of the eyes are kept hidden for them as a reward for their deeds.
Muhammad (the prophet of Islam) knew Quran better than Muhammad Asad, but he never took the concept of Houris to be allegorical, but totally literal in his Ahadith where he mentioned them as beautiful sexual objects. So, who is then Muhammad Asad to refute the understanding of Muhammad (the prophet of Islam)?
Even Quran is itself clear that it is not allegorical but literal when it describes the marriage with Houris, who had never been touched by any man or jinn before.
So, it was Muhammad, who just made it all up to entice horny men into joining his new religion and to wage wars for him in greed of getting houris by becoming martyrs.
Therefore, Muhammad didn't care much about the Muslim women in paradise, but he was only interested in telling what men will get in paradise if they accept Islam and get martyrdom in this life.
In fact, Muhammad told in Ahadith that normal Muslim men will get 2 Houris, but martyrs will get 72 Houris:
Narrated Al-Miqdam bin Ma'diykarib: That the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "There are six things with Allah for the martyr. He is forgiven with the first flow of blood (he suffers), he is shown his place in Paradise, he is protected from punishment in the grave, secured from the greatest terror, the crown of dignity is placed upon his head - and its gems are better than the world and what is in it - he is married to seventy two wives along Al-Huril-'Ayn of Paradise, and he may intercede for seventy of his close relatives." [Abu 'Eisa said:] This Hadith is Hasan Sahih.
Muhammad was indeed a very smart and clever person, and a master of religious brainwashing by creating stories. Unfortunately, millions of innocent people had to pay the price of the smartness of Muhammad through their blood.