They are analogous to nymphs in Greek mythology. Houris are described in English translations as "and splendid companions of equal age [or well-matched]",   "lovely eyed",  of "modest gaze"  and virgins  who will accompany the faithful in Jannah Muslim paradise. The houris are mentioned in several passages of the Quran, always in plural form. No specifics are ever given, though, as to the number of houris that should be available to each believer. As for the gender of the houris, it has traditionally been believed that they are beautiful women and a reward for believing men,  with numerous hadith and tafsir describing them as such.
It means both pure males and pure females. On the other hand, the Quran uses feminine adjective for houri, [Note 1] and masculine pronouns for those who will be married to houris. In the Quran , the houris are often translated as "fair ones" or "companions", described as having not been "touched by man or jinn" before i. But also being "restraining in their glances" chaste ,   with "modest gazes". And among His wonders is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind C so that you might incline towards them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you: in this, behold, there are messages indeed for people who think!
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And He it is who creates [all life] in the first instance, and then brings it forth anew: and most easy is this for Him, since His is the essence of all that is most sublime in the heavens and on earth, and He alone is almighty, truly wise. To Shi'ite scholars, the most important fact of the description of the houris is that good deeds performed by believers are recompensated by the houris, which are the physical manifestations of ideal forms, that would not fade away over time, and who will serve as faithful companions to those they accompany.
Details of the houris that have been pointed out by Sunni scholars include that the houris would not urinate , defecate or menstruate. A number of Sunni ahadith collections of the reports of the teachings, deeds and sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, accepted as canonic by most, but not all, Muslims also mention the houris:.
Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their censers. Their wives will be houris.
All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Adam in stature , sixty cubits tall. Muhammad reported that some persons stated with a sense of pride and some discussed whether there would be more men in Paradise or more women. It was upon this that Abu Huraira reported that Abu'l Qasim the Holy Prophet said: The members of the first group to get into Paradise would have their faces as bright as full moon during the night, and the next to this group would have their faces as bright as the shining stars in the sky, and every person would have two wives G and the marrow of their shanks would glimmer beneath the flesh and there would be none without a wife in Paradise.
Jabir b. Umm Sulaim and I heard the noise of steps before me and, lo, it was that of Bilal. That woman started crying and began to leave. The messenger of Allah said, Say to the woman that one will not enter in a state of old age, but Allah will make all the women of Jannah young virgins. We have created them a new creation and made them virgins, lovers, equal in age.
A houri is a most beautiful young woman with a transparent body. The marrow of her bones is visible like the interior lines of pearls and rubies. She looks like red wine in a white glass. She is of white color, and free from the routine physical disabilities of an ordinary woman such as menstruation, menopause, urinal and offal discharge, child bearing and the related pollution. A houri is a girl of tender age, having large breasts which are round pointed , and not inclined to dangle. Houris dwell in palaces of splendid surroundings. Houris do not want wives to annoy their husbands, since the houris will also be the wives of the husbands in the afterlife.
Very soon, he will part with you and come to us. We have created their Companions of special creation. And made them virgin—pure and undefiled. Al-Hasan al-Basri stated that the word "houri" implied the righteous women among mankind who are rewarded with paradise as related in the Tafsir of Tabari quoted by Muhammad Asad in his tafsir "Message of Quran"  concerning the following ayah:. Damrah bin Habib was asked if the Jinns will enter Paradise and he said, 'Yes, and they will get married.
The Jinns will have Jinn women and the humans will have female humans. This is when it is used to describe the eyes, on its own the word simply means a white-skinned woman. Some also propose that the most literal translation of the noun into English would be "pure companions, most beautiful of the eyes". The word "houri" has entered several European languages French — , English — with the meaning of an "elegant, beautiful, charming woman".
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Several translators—like Hilali - Khan , Arberry , Palmer , Rodwell and Sale —have translated the adjective ka'ib in Book 78, verse 33 of the Quran to refer to "wide shoulders and chest". Ibn Kathir, in his tafsir , writes that the adjective contained in said verse "means 'fit pectorals or breasts'. And the houris can be male and female both. It means the 'fit pectorals or breasts' can be male or female. Abdullah Yusuf Ali , on the other hand, translates said adjective into English simply as "charming, elegant and holy"  —which refers to sensual or physical attributes, though not necessarily chest, pectorals or breasts.
Based on this tropical meaning of both the verb ka'ba and the noun ka'b, the participle ka'ib has often been used, in popular parlance, to denote "a girl whose shoulder and chest are becoming prominent" or "are budding" hence, many commentators see in it an allusion to some sort of youthful "female companions' who would entertain the presumably male occupants of paradise Ibn Kathir mentions Muhammed saying that if his wife was righteous, then she will be his wife in Paradise too.
Will one be able to do that? In another place, Ibn Kathir emphasizes the literal nature of sexual intercourse in Paradise by another Hadith:. And when it is finished she will return pure and virgin again. Ibn Kathir relates concerning the following verses: "Verily, the dwellers of the Paradise, that Day, will be busy with joyful things. They and their wives will be in pleasant shade, reclining on thrones. They will have therein fruits and all that they ask for. Although Ibn Kathir relates the opinion of some companions of Muhammad being reported to have said concerning "will be busy with joyful things" that means in heaven people will be "busy in deflowering virgins" , he continues to relate other alternate meanings.
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