Monday, March 19, 2012

The Hadiths and the Concept of 72 Virgins

The Koran is the word of god states in chapters 52-56 that the faithful will be rewarded with virgins for sensual pleasure in paradise. Along with the Koran the Hadiths amplify what the Koran says. The Hadiths are a collection of writings by renowned Islamic scholars which are attributed to Muhammad. They are the words of the prophet as heard by men around him. This is a sacroscent belief and cannot be questioned.
 The Hadiths originated about 200 years after the death of the prophet. The Hadiths in their present form were compiled between the 8th and 9th century. Islam recognizes six major Hadiths. The Hadiths are very important and traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence consider them inviolable for interpreting Islam.

 The Hadiths are often referred to for clarification in all matters concerning Islam. The Hadiths add that the faithful will be rewarded with 72 virgins and a number of boys in paradise. Islam has 2 main sects. They are the Sunni and Shia sects and both of them have different Hadiths, but the theme is generally the same. The specific Hadith in which the number of virgins is specified is Hadith Al-Tirmidhi in the Book of Sunah. This is in chapter 21 under the heading the Features of Paradise.

 The Hadiths mention that the Prophet Muhammad was heard saying that the smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives. These wives and servants reside in a place decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby. It is specified that this dome is as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyah (a Damascus suburb) to Sana'a (Capital of Modern Yemen). Muslim theologians such as al Ghazali who died in 1111 AD and Al-Ash'ari who died in 935 AD have agreed that the virgins provide sensual pleasures in paradise. Al-Suyuti a famous Quranic commentator who died in 1505 AD also confirms this. The Hadiths lay stress on the fact that the women are spotless virgins. Ayah 74 states that no man or Jinn has ever touched them.