Mim is wrong, it's not in the Qur'an, it's in the Hadith. In case you don't know, there are two sources of knowledge in Islam - Qur'an (Muslims believe it to be the word of god) and Hadiths (sayings of Muhammed). Some people take Hadiths seriously and follow them strictly, some don't. Those that don't, take only Qur'an into consideration.
Qur'an does speak of Houris (Heavenly virgins), but it does not talk of them in terms of reward for martyrdom nor does it specify the number. On the other side, one Hadith does specify the number (72), but like I said, those sayings are subject to high criticism even among Muslims themselves.
Basically, Hadiths are weak spots of Islam. Most of that nasty stuff you hear about Islam comes from there and is abused by anti-Islamic propaganda to give it a bad name.
EDIT: OK, I see that many people think it's in the Qur'an. People, it's not. I hate making this long, but here's what Qur'an says about those virgins, and as you'll see nowhere is the number mentioned:
(QURAN 37:40-4 : "In the Gardens of Paradise, Facing one another on thrones, Round them will be passed a cup of pure wine; White, delicious to the drinkers, Neither they will have any kind of hurt, abdominal pain, headache, or sin, nor will they suffer intoxication from it. And with them will be chaste females, restraining their glances, with wide and beautiful eyes."
(QURAN 44:51-55): "Verily! The righteous will be in Paradise. Among Gardens and Springs; Dressed in fine silk and also in thick silk, facing each other, and We shall marry them to Houris with wide, lovely eyes."
(QURAN 52: 17-20): "Verily, for those who fear Allah there will be Gardens in Paradise, filled with Delight. Enjoying in that which their Lord has bestowed on them, and the fact that their Lord saved them from the torment of the blazing Fire. The Lord will say: ‘Eat and drink with happiness because of what you used to do’. They will recline with ease on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to Houris with wide lovely eyes."
(QURAN 55:54-59): "Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade, and the fruits of the Gardens will be near at hand. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny? Wherein will be those houris, restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse before. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny? In beauty they are like rubies and coral. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?"
(QURAN 55:70-77): "Therein gardens will be fair wives good and beautiful; Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny? Houris restrained in pavilions; Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny? Whom no man has opened their hymens with sexual intercourse before. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny? Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?"
(QURAN 56:37-40): "...We created the houris and made them virgins, loving companions for those on the right hand…."
(QURAN 78:31-34): "As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and high-bosomed virgins for companions: a truly overflowing cup."
AND ........... here's that famous Hadith that everyone confuses with Qur'an:
"The Prophet Muhammad was heard saying: 'The smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby, as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyah [a Damascus suburb] to Sana'a [Yemen]."
But like I said, Hadiths are basically hear-say, so many Muslims don't follow those.
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