72 Virgins? (orgies in Paradise?)

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Some say 70 or 72 virgin girls with large (you know what) waiting in Jennah. Others told we have like boys and girls both. But would like to know what is really being taught about this in Islam, if anything?

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Your question is a good one and we hope to provide a good answer for you, inshallah.

You asked,
Could you please explain the concept of the "hurulayn" mentioned in Quran? (And why are they) always chaste, beautiful, virgin females and not males?"

As usual, we should begin by understanding the meaning of the words from Arabic to English:

Classical Arabic usage

According to classical Arabic usage in the time when the Qur'an was recited by Muhammad:

Hur حور is one word which is the plural of Hawraa'  حوراء which is a word that describes a woman having eyes with a marked contrast of white and black, also said of the eye intensely white and deep black.
It is also the plural of Huriya حورية
AlEin العين is another word which is the plural of Einaa' عيناء meaning a woman with beautiful wide eyes.

First of all, there are a few mistakes in what you said in your question.
There are "males" mentioned to be in the Jennah. These are young males who are always smiling and shy-like and the best of attendants to those who achieve the Paradise.

Like the males, they are also shy-like and attentive to the people of Paradise. Yet, this does not seem to imply it's all about sexual relations as we know here on earth.
Second, the things in Jennah are not like anything here on earth. Whereas, nothing here on earth is perfect, EVERYTHING in Jennah is exactly perfect, and it is perfect for each individual. The food of Paradise is beyond description and the sounds cannot even be imagined. The things of this world would only be thought of as something much less and not comparable to the things of Paradise.

Third, the goal of the Muslims is not just to go to jennah (paradise) for girls and sex.
Let's consider the following -
Qur'anic description: The houri have variously been described as being "restraining their glances (chaste)", "modest gaze", "wide and beautiful/lovely eyes", "like pearls", "spouse", "companions of equal age", "splendid" and much more besides.

Other descriptions: Some descriptions are more superficial than others. For example, "non-menstruating/urinating/defecating and childfree or being able to have a short pregnancy lasting an hour", "with bodies not affected by pregnancy or breast-feeding", "60 cubits [27.5 meters] tall", "7 cubits [3.2 meters] in width", "transparent to the marrow of their bones", "eternally young", "hairless except the eyebrows and the head", "pure", "beautiful", etc.

Now let us come to the subject of the nature of the people of Jennah, inshallah. They are not like here. People of the dunyah are born into this world without being able to choose anything about the whole thing. People of Jennah can even choose which door they would like to enter by, in many cases. In this life we make choices, but don't always get what we want. Paradise is the place where the inhabitants always get exactly what they want or better.
Each time the people of the Paradise eat, it will be better than anything prior. The food will always be perfect, and the flavor excellent. There will not be any choking, coughing, throwing up or gas problems from food. There will not be any food being digested and moving to the bowels or kidneys to be excerted as here on earth. Food is simple eaten, swallowed and then it comes out of the pores of the skin as a mist and then it returns back to its original form and shape. There is no need of eating to maintain health or to keep fit. This is completely different.
The same is true of the other things of the body, because the body of the Paradise is not the body of this world. Everything is perfect. The women do not have monthly cycles, nor do they go to the bathroom or any of the things for relief as we know it here. This helps us to understand there would not be physical relations as we know them here. The evil thoughts and lust are not a part of the Paradise. Only pure and good things are there.
For those people whose minds are engrossed in the filth and folly of this life, naturally they will try to compare what we know about the Jennah to their own sick, dirty and unfulfilled world. When they try to compare what they know to what Allah has in store for the people of Paradise, they will never comprehend even the smallest beauty there. Leave these people and their thinking and come to the correct thinking of the true believers in Allah.
After all, the goal of every real believer in Allah, is not to find a hot babes in hot tubs. It is to be close to the other people of Paradise, those who have the same love for Almighty God and all the prophets, peace be upon all of them, and enjoy the peace, serenity and tranquility of the beauties no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard and no mind has ever imagined.
The highest goal of all, for the true believer, is to be with the One most deserving of love, the One from Whom all love originates, the All-Loving "Al-Wadud" and The Only God - Allah Subhannah wa Ta'ala.
Pleasing Allah the Most Merciful and entering Paradise are the ultimate aim that believing men and women should wish for. If a person departs this world having won the pleasure of Allah, then he will have the glad tidings of all that is good after that. When he enters Paradise he will have delights and pleasures such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard and it has not entered the mind of any man. He will have all that he wishes for in the best ways. Everything that he asks for will be granted, and everything that he longs for he will get. He will never find anything to upset or disturb him, because he is in the care of the Most Merciful, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Therein you shall have (all) that your inner‑selves desire, and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask.

32. An entertainment from (Allah), the Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful”

[Fussilat 41:31-32] 

One of the best things that people long for in the Hereafter is, for men, the women of Paradise, namely al-hoor al-‘iyn, and for women there is an equivalent delight. By His great wisdom, Allah has not mentioned what the women will have as the equivalent of al-hoor al-‘iyn for men, and that is due to modesty and shyness. How can He encourage them to seek Paradise by mentioning something that they are too shy and modest to mention or speak about themselves? So He has simply hinted at it, as in the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

“Therein you shall have (all) that your inner‑selves desire

[Fussilat 41:31-32] 

The description of al-hoor al-‘iyn is mentioned in more than one place in the Book of Allah, such as the following: 

1 – Allah says, describing the reward of the people of Paradise (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And (there will be) Hoor (fair females) with wide lovely eyes (as wives for Al-Muttaqoon – the pious).

23. Like unto preserved pearls”

[al-Waaqi’ah 56:22, 23] 

al-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him)said: 

And (there will be) Hoor (fair females) with wide lovely eyes”. Al-Hawra’ is a woman in whose eyes are lined with kohl, beautiful and bright. Al-‘iyn refers to beautiful and huge eyes. The beauty of eyes in the female is one of the greatest signs of beauty. 

Like unto preserved pearls” means, as if they are pure, white, shining pearls, which are covered and protected from people’s eyes, the wind and the sun. Their colour is one of the most beautiful of colours and they have no fault or blemish of any kind. This is how al-hoor al-‘iyn are: they have no faults of blemishes of any kind, rather they are beautiful in all ways. 

Every time you gaze upon her, you see nothing but that which gladdens the heart. End quote. 

Tafseer al-Sa’di, p. 991 

2 – Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“(In beauty) they are like rubies and coral”

[al-Rahmaan 55:58] 

al-Tabari (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

Ibn Zayd said concerning the words “they are like rubies and coral” it is as if they are rubies in their purity and like coral in their whiteness. So their purity is that of rubies and their whiteness is that of pearls. End quote. 

Tafseer al-Tabari, 27/152 

3 – Allah says describing the women of Paradise, in Soorat al-Waaqi’ah (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, We have created them (maidens) of special creation.

36. And made them virgins.

37. Loving (their husbands only), (and) of equal age”

[al-Waaqi’ah 56:35-37] 

Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

With regard to the word “loving (‘uruban)”, Sa’eed ibn Jubayr said, quoting from Ibn ‘Abbaas that it means: they are loving towards their husbands. It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that al-‘urub are those who love their husbands and their husbands love them. 

With regard to the word “of equal age (atraaban)”, al-Dahhaak said, quoting from Ibn ‘Abbaas, that it means: of the same age, thirty-three years.   

Al-Saddi said: “atraaban” means that they are equal in temperament and they do not resent or envy one another, i.e., they are not like hostile co-wives. End quote. 

Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/294 

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said: 

It was narrated that Mujaahid said concerning the verse “Loving (their husbands only), (and) of equal age”: i.e., those who are dear to their husbands. 

Fath al-Baari, 8/626 

4 – Allah says, describing them (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Therein (Gardens) will be Khairaatun‑Hisaan [fair (wives) good and beautiful]”

[al-Rahmaan 55:70] 

Ibn al-Qayyim said: 

They are described as being fair and beautiful. The word khayraat (fair and good) is derived from the word khayyarah, which refers to the woman who combines all good qualities, both outward and inward, and whose physical appearance and attitude are perfect. So they are good in attitude and fair of face. 

Rawdat al-Muhibbeen, p. 243. 

5 – Allah describes them as pure, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“and they shall have therein Azwaajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), and they will abide therein forever”

[al-Baqarah 2:25] 

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

Allah describes them as pure: “and they shall have therein Azwaajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives)”, pure from menses, urine and the like (stools) and all off-putting features that may exist in the women of this world. And their hearts are pure from envy, annoyance of their husbands, meanness or wishing for husbands other than them. 

Rawdat al-Muhibbeen, p. 243, 244 

6 – Allah describes them as refraining from looking at anyone except their husbands (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Wherein both will be Qaasiraat‑ut‑Tarf [chaste females (wives) restraining their glances, desiring none except their husbands]”

[al-Rahmaan 55:56] 

“Hoor (beautiful, fair females) guarded in pavilions”

[al-Rahmaan 55:72] 

Ibn al-Qayyim said: 

Allah describes them as being “guarded in pavilions”, i.e., they are prevented from making a display of themselves before anyone except their husbands. They are guarded for their husbands and they do not go out of their houses, and they restrain themselves for them and do not desire anyone else. And Allah describes them as “Qaasiraat‑ut‑Tarf [chaste females (wives) restraining their glances”. This description is more complete than the first, for one of them restrains her gaze and focuses her love upon her husband, she is content with him and does not look beyond him at anyone else. 

Rawdat al-Muhibbeen, p. 244 

This is a brief look at what has been said about them in the Qur’aan. In the Sunnah there are descriptions of their beauty and fairness which defy the imagination, such as the following: 

1 – It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The first group will enter Paradise looking like the moon on the night when it is full, and those who follow them will be like the brightest shining star in the sky. Their hearts will be as one, and there will be no hatred or jealousy among them. Each man will have two wives from among al-hoor al-‘iyn, the marrow of whose calves can be seen from beneath the bone and flesh.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 3014; Muslim, 2843. 

Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

The stunning beauty of the hoori is such that the marrow of her calves can be seen from beneath her clothes, and a man will be able to see his face in the liver of one of them, like a mirror because of the fineness of her skin and the purity of her colour. 

Fath al-Baari, 8/570 

2 – It was narrated that Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If a woman from among the people of Paradise were to look out over the earth, she would illuminate everything that is in between them, and would fill everything that is in between them with fragrance. And the scarf on her head is better than this world and everything in it.” 

If she were to show her face, it would shine between heaven and earth; how beautiful is the light of her face and how beautiful the scent that is filling the space between heaven and earth. As for her garments, the scarf that she places on her head is better than the beauty of this world and all that is in it of delights and pleasure and natural beauty and splendid palaces and other kinds of luxuries. Glory be to their Creator, how great He is, and congratulations to the one for whom she is and he is for her. 


The situation of the believing woman in Paradise will be better than the situation of the hoor al-‘iyn; she will be higher in status and more beautiful. Several ahaadeeth and reports have been narrated concerning that, but none of them can be proven to be sound. But if a righteous woman from among the people of this world enters Paradise, then she will do so as a reward for her righteous deeds and as a honour from Allah to her for her religious commitment and righteousness. As for the hoori who is one of the delights of Paradise, she has only been created in Paradise for the sake of someone else, and has been made the reward for the believing man for his righteous deeds. There is a great difference between one who enters Paradise as a reward for her righteous deeds and the one who was created as a reward for one who did righteous deeds. The former is a queen and a princess, and the latter, no matter how beautiful she is, is undoubtedly lower in status than a queen, and she is subject to the command of her believing master for whom Allah created her as a reward.  

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Does the description of the hoor al-‘iyn include the women of this world? 

He replied: 

It seems to me that the women of this world will be better than the hoor al-‘iyn, even in outward appearance, and Allah knows best. 

Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb.Allah Knows best.

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I try to stick with the scholars of real knowledge and leave the speculation to people with more knowledge than me.

But like everyone, I do make mistakes and I ask Allah to forgive me and Guide me, ameen.
-- Guess we will find out when we get to Jennah (I pray to Allah to give us His Jennah, ameen).
But I do appreciate everyone's comments - keep them coming... inshallah.



#20 Kamal.Kurdi 2013-05-27 12:13
Mashalla Sheikh it's a wonderful topic and explanation. May Allah reward us his heavens and guide as many Non Muslims as they accept the justice of Allah to Islam and his heavens. Ameen
#19 sk 2013-05-15 08:26
men will marry the hoors in paradise. So (it will be), and We shall marry them to Hur (fair females) with wide, lovely eyes.” al-Dukhaan 54.__And We shall marry them to Hûr (female, fair ones) with wide lovely eyes” al-Toor 54__Therein they shall have Azwâjun Mutahharatun [purified mates or wives] and We shall admit them to shades wide and ever deepening (Paradise)” [al-Nisa’ 57__And (there will be) Hur (fair females) with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the pious) al-Waaqi ‘ah 22__women will have only their husbands in paradise.__
#18 yusuf 2013-05-15 06:28
as always nice.
#17 ksdk 2012-08-14 09:39
Goodness..wikii slam's page on 72 virgins is so incredibly biased...*whew* and i knew that they were showing only one side of the story. it's very sad (( people read that kind of stuff then think they know abt islam and reject it
#16 sk 2012-03-02 02:50
The evidence that a martyr will be granted a number of Hoor Al-'Een (women of Paradise) is confirmed in the Sunnah of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam as he said :
#15 cassie 2012-02-29 16:05
Good article, interesting on what the word means in arabic. Translation is really important. Who said there is no sexual relations in jannah???
#14 Abdul-rahmon 2011-12-25 13:47
Assalamu Alaykum
I hope that in my message it comes across sincerely that I just want to learn the truth. I am still confused , I don't believe the women of jannah are sex objects, but Im confused sex relations of one of the strongest human desires Allah gave us. Why would we be granted it in this life and denied it in the next when in Jannah we get all our desires fulfilled. I
#13 ali 2011-12-21 06:39
Maash'ALLAH sheikh may ALLAH grant you and all of us jannah ameen.
#12 ferguson 2011-12-20 04:32
Bismillah Rahman Raheem. My dear sheikh, I relayed your msg this is the reply I got. I think we are all on the same page now SubhanAllah! InshaAllah. Quran and Science www.ScienceIslam.com
#11 ferguson 2011-12-19 20:29
JazakAllah. Thank you my dear Sheikh.

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