Muslims-72 virgins..............?

I was thinking about this the other day...if you don't have a physical body and your only purpose in heaven is to continue to worship Allah...then there is no need for sex (since sex is only for procreation while you're married) isn't the whole point of the 72 virgins moot?


or is the 72 virgins not correct? I apologize if I'm wrong.

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Listen, there is NO such thing as 72 virgins in Heaven. In the Qur'an we read regarding the afterlife: "And We shall join them to pure, beautiful ones." (Qur'an 44:54, 52:20, Maulana Muhammad Ali Translation) The "pure ones" [correct rendering of Arabic word hur], and the youthful companions which the Qur'an speaks of are holy and spiritual blessings given to both the faithful men and women, and NEVER does the Qur'an speak of them as having a sensual nature. Only those who are prone to perversity and sensuality give them such connotations. [which unfortunately some Muslims do]

    As Maulana Muhammad Ali states - What these blessings actually are, no one knows, but the whole picture of Paradise drawn in the Qur'an strongly condemns the association of any sensual idea therewith. It may, however, be asked, why are these blessings described in words which apply to women? The fact is that the reward spoken of here has special reference to the purity and beauty of character, and if there is an emblem of purity and beauty, it is womanhood, and not manhood.

    Dr. Zahid Aziz writes:

    The mention of hur [pure one's] in the Holy Quran as among the blessings of paradise, promised to the true believers in the life after death, is much misunderstood. This word and certain other associated terms are mistakenly considered to mean beautiful, young maidens, to be given as reward in the after-life to Muslim men, and on this basis the teachings of Islam are maligned and criticised as pandering to the crude, lustful desires of men.

    We quote below some commentary notes by Maulana Muhammad Ali in his English translation of the Holy Quran, explaining these terms and their true significance. The following points emerge about what these blessings of paradise are:

    -They are the fruits of the good deeds of a person, whether male or female;

    -Their nature is entirely different from anything that is, or can be, known in this world;

    -These rewards are meant for both the male and the female believers equally.

    Dr. Zahid Aziz writes in his new book, Islam Peace and Tolerance, section Martyrdom:

    The misconceived notion that a Muslim male who dies as a martyr in the hereafter with seventy-two virgins has brought Islam into disrepute and ridicule, and proved a source of much amusement and mockery for those unaware of the teachings of Islam regarding the hereafter. In this booklet we cannot enter into a detailed discussion of the Islamic concept of paradise or the garden of the next life but the following key points are necessary to know.

    Firstly, the rewards of the hereafter are not the material things that we enjoy in this physical world. The life after death is in a world that cannot even be conceived by the human mind in this life, and human beings there will have an entirely different existence that cannot be known h ere. The Holy Qur’an says:

    ”We have ordained death among you and We are not to be overcome, that We may change your state and make you grow into what you do not know.” --- 56:60-61.

    Other English translations phrase the second part of this quotation as “changing the nature of your existence and bringing you into being anew in a manner as yet unknown to you” (Muhammad Asad). “producing you again in a form which ye know not” (Rodwell), and “that We may transfigure you and make you what you know not” (Pickthall).

    The enjoyments in the gardens of the hereafter are of an unknown nature in this world, as the Qur’an says:

    ”No soul knows what refreshment of the eyes are hidden for them: a reward for what they did.” ---- Qur'an 32:17

    This is why the description of the garden of the hereafter is called a parable, as in: “A parable of the garden which is promised to those who keep their duty” (13:35 and 47:15).

    Secondly, the Qur’an has made it abundantly clear no less than eight times that men and women are equally entitled to the rewards of the heavenly life. It says:

    ”And whoever does good deeds, whether male or female, and is a believer --- these will enter the Garden, and they shall not be dealt with a whit unjustly.” --- 4:124


    Thus the women among the believers will have the same rewards and enjoyments as the men of the believers.

    Thirdly, all these rewards are manifestations of the good qualities shown and good deeds done by a person in this life, which are unfolded before him or her. For example, the “light gleaming before them on their right hand” (57:12) is not a physical lamp of this world, but a representation of their light of faith. In one place we read:

    ”And those who believe and do good are made to enter Gardens in which flow rivers, abiding in them by their Lord’s permission. Their greeting therein is Peace! Do you not see how Allah sets forth a parable of a good word as a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are high, yielding its fruit in every season by the permission of its Lord? … And the parable of an evil word is as an evil tree pulled up from the earth’s surface; it has no stability.” ---- 14:23-25

    After mentioning the gardens of the next life, a good word is compared to a good tree, ever bearing fruit. Therefore the trees of the gardens of the hereafter are a person’s good deeds done in this life which appear as trees that bear bruit, just as his good deeds bore fruit.

    Likewise, the “beautiful maidens” of the next life are NOT as women of this world with whom men will have sexual relations. They are the GOOD QUALITIES shown in this life, such as honesty, purity of character, charity, integrity and faith that are manifested in this form. These maidens are called “PURE COMPANIONS” (2:25, 3:15, 4:57) because they are the appearance of the PURE QUALITIES that were one’s companions in this life.

    In fact, in verse 3:15 the DESIRABILITY of the “PURE COMPANIONS” is CLEARLY DIFFERENTIATED FROM THE SEXUAL DESIRE FOR WOMAN in THIS LIFE. Verse 3:14 refers to the attractiveness of the material desires of this world as follows:

    ”The love of desires is made attractive to people – of women and sons and hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle and crop produce. This is the provision of the life of this world. And with Allah is the good goal of life.” ---- 3:14

    The next verse then says:

    ”Shall I tell you of what is BETTER THAN THESE? For those who guard against evil are gardens with their Lord, in which rivers flow, to abide in them, and PURE COMPANIONS and Allah’s goodly pleasure.” ---- 3:15

    It is clearly obvious from these passages that while sexual desire for women is a craving and a necessity for this material world, better and SUPERIOR THAN THIS IS TO STRIVE TO ACQUIRE THE QUALITIES that BECOME our “PURE COMPANIONS” in the next world. THIS REPUDIATES THE VERY IDEA THAT WE SHOULD WISH FOR OUR PHYSICAL DESIRES OF THIS WORLD TO BE SATISFIED, AS A REWARD, FOR THE NEXT WORLD.

    In many recent articles, published on websites and elsewhere, a saying of the Prophet Muhammad from Tirmidhi is quoted, often by way or ridicule and mockery, according to which a man in paradise will have 72 “wives” (what these articles refer to as the 72 virgins). But in the same Tirmidhi we find, only a little later, the following report:

    ”Faith has seventy and something gates, the least of which is to remove from the road a harmful thing and the highest is to say ‘There is no god but Allah’.” (5)

    It is the “seventy and something” constituents of faith, two of which are specified here (one high and one low, and another one often mentioned in such reports is modesty) that, for those who possess them in this life, become represented in the next life as “maidens”.

    There is also another explanation of the concept of “virgins” in the next world, based on the following verses of the Qur’an which refer to some of the rewards to be found there:

    ”Surely We have created them (as) a (new) creation, so We have made them virgins, loving, equals in age…” ---- 56:35-37.

    The pronoun “them” occurring twice here, is in the feminine. A commonly-accepted meaning is that this refers to the believing women. They will be raised in the next life in a new form of creation corresponding to their purity of character in this world, and thus it is said: We have made them virgins. This interpretation is also supported by an explanation of these verses reported from the Holy Prophet Muhammad, again in the same Tirmidhi:

    ”And old woman came to the Prophet and said: Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah that I will enter paradise. He said jokingly: Mother of so-and-so, no old woman will enter paradise. The old woman went away crying, so the Prophet said: Tell her that she will not enter paradise as an old woman, for Allah says: Surely We have created them (as) a (new) creation, so We have made them virgins.” (6)

    Their resurrection as “virgins” is only a SPIRITUAL REPRESENTATION of the purity with which they led their lives in this world. There is no question of sexual relations in the next life as that life is not physical life which requires such relations. The word for “equals in age” in the above passage can also signify that they are similar in their good qualities to the believing men.

    It may be noted that the term “virgin” has been used in the Bible as a symbolism. The nation of Israel is called a “virgin” in many places (for example, Jeremiah, ch. 31, Amos, ch. 5). The Gospel of Matthew contains the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, which Jesus begins to relate as follows: “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins” (ch. 25, v. 1). Obviously, virgin girls for men’s pleasure are not meant here.

  • 1 decade ago

    It ACTUALLY is not correct, nobody seems to believe that for some reason but there are NO verses in the Quran to support the saying of the 72 virgins, nothing whatsoever. Read the Quran yourself and see. For those who want to take that challenge, go for it. Were right here waiting for your answers, we want a page number and verse. You will never find a verse there.

    Oh and also. In Islam, sex isnt just for procreation in a marriage, we are allowed to have sex at any time for any reason we feel like or just for pleasure, not only to have kids, its a beautiful thing and an important part of married life in Islam.

    Source(s): Muslim who has read and studied the Quran
  • 1 decade ago

    "The Sun of Truth is the Word of God upon which dependeth the education of those who are endowed with the power of understanding and of utterance. It is the true spirit and the heavenly water, through whose aid and gracious providence all things have been and will be quickened. Its appearance in every mirror is conditioned by the colour of that mirror. For instance, when its light is cast upon the mirrors of the hearts of the wise, it bringeth forth wisdom. In like manner when it manifesteth itself in the mirrors of the hearts of craftsmen, it unfoldeth new and unique arts, and when reflected in the hearts of those that apprehend the truth it revealeth wondrous tokens of true knowledge and discloseth the verities of God's utterance."

    Thusly, this not a divine question, which makes it moot to begin with.

    Source(s): -- Baha'u'llah, The Writings of Baha'u'llah
  • 1 decade ago

    Like any other religion Allah rewards who worship Allah in heaven.

    And I don't know where all of U ame with this strange number from!!!!!!

    Sex is not only for procreation !! Who told U that? What about those who have only 1or,2 or 3 Kids, Did they had sex only 3 times or what??!!!

    Maybe U mean that marriage in Islam cannot be only for gratification !!

    U marry a woman if you love her (I mean love with the heart) or U want her to be the mother of your children not because she's hot or sexy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i do not know of ANY man that can keep up with 72 virgins, Muslim or not.

    I mean,I'm Wiccan and if i were promised 72 virgins,male of course,then i highly doubt I could keep up.

    I could barely handle one, and I've been married to him for 13 years!

    Source(s): 7-5-96
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The 72 virgins thing is a faux-belief about Islam taught in the west.

    It is promised that you will receive pure beings, angel helpers in heaven. The word pure translates as virgin as in virgin angels not as in virgin women.

    Its not in the Qur'an but rather Hadith maybe even a fake hadith to lure terrorists who call themselves martyrs.

  • 1 decade ago

    That's the great joke about it. You get 72 virgins but there is no sex in heaven.

    Source(s): I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The problems with having 72 virgins is the nagging of the 72 mother-n-laws, Didn't think of that did ya ?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. From the treasures of your heart your lips will speak, said Jesus - Isa for muslims - but like Isaiah said, "they have ears but not listen, they have eyes but can not see" the truth so evident and in front of their noses, yet hidden for them by Him who gives the light to understanding and knowledge.

    It is also true that islam - as religions all over the world - is full of discent inside; sunnioes kill shiite and vice versa. Wabis are hated by both, etc...The tale of the virgens may not be accepted by all muslims, though, but your point is true anyway.

    This offer comes in perfect harmony with Mohamed's personality; he had selected a child at 6 years old to be his wife - bethrowed to him as the Koran says - and married her when she was 9 years old, making her his wife when he was 56. He had in total 11 wives I believe, but not sure. In any case, the tale of the virgins - as reward - comes in line with his personality, very appealing to young males, may I say.

  • 1 decade ago
    Source(s): Muslim
  • 1 decade ago

    What I really want to know, is: Did Allah promise 72 virgins of the opposite sex???? or just 72 virgins in general.

    EDIT: Oh Fireball...not everyone follows Jesus, believes in Jesus, nor cares about Jesus. You love him, that's fine, but let other's believe what they want!!! It's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!!!!

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