Islam is the monotheistic religion founded by Muhammad, who is considered to be the last prophet of God. One aspect of Islam that is not much discussed is the concept of Houris. Houris are beautiful virgin women who reside perpetually in paradise. In Islam the Houri’s are perpetual virgins and the epitome of beauty. Islam says that houris are a reward to a true believer for following the injunctions and practices of Allah.
The concept of Houri’s is one of biggest motivating factors for a Muslim. True followers of Islam believe that if they have been faithful to their faith and believed in Allah then they will be rewarded with perpetual virgins for their pleasure after death in heaven.
The Houris in Quran
The Koran mentions about the Houri’s at a number of places. The stress is on female houris as all the characteristics mentioned are feminine. Various scholars have defined Houris as women who are pure virgins who stand and await the arrival of the true believers as a reward for a lifetime of devotion to God. The Koran refers to Houris as ‘spotless virgins’ and ‘eternal beautiful and pure wives”
Significance of the Houris for Muslims
For Muslims the concept of Houris has a special significance. They believe that a true believer who has lived his life as a good Muslim will be rewarded on his death with a number of young boys and 72 beautiful virgins. The Koran does not mention the number of virgins but the Hadiths specify the number as 72.
These virgins are termed ‘eternal virgins’ as they have the god given quality of regenerating their hymens. They will give endless pleasures to the man and believer.
Various Islamic sources describe many characteristics of these Houris. The Qur'an promises men voluptuous virgins. Many characteristics of the virgins have been described in various Islamic sources. They are supposed to be voluptuous and full breasted. Some Islamic scholars have amplified the Houris as having ‘large, round breasts’ which are not inclined to hang.
The Quran Chapters 52 to 56 describe these endless Houris. (Refer: The Quran 55:56; 55:58; 78:33; 56:12; 52:16-17, 24; 56:35-38; 52:20)
The belief in Houris is strong in Islam. It is one of the beliefs that is unquestionable and sacrosanct