The virgins of Paradise

In an interview, Syrian-born Saudi scholar Muhammad Al-Munajid described the virgins as “black-eyed….beautiful white young women, with black pupils and very white retinas, whose skin is so delicate and bright that it causes confusion….they are like hidden pearls….They have wide eyes, and they have not been touched by man or jinn. They are virgins, who yearn for their husbands. They are all the same age, morally and physically beautiful. They are like precious gems and pearls in their splendor, their clarity, their purity, and their whiteness. They are like hidden pearls – as pure as a pearl within a shell, untouched by man. Each one of them is so beautiful that you can see the bone-marrow through the delicate flesh on their legs”.

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25 thoughts on “The virgins of Paradise”

  1. Is all this stuff in Quran?!
    Ofcourse, hindu mythology also has mention of people having illicit affairs,
    But, this stuff is kind of weird..

    Is this what all you people wait for?, virgins in paradise?!
    Is quran all about men?, arent women portrayed as people?!

    So, what do women get in paradise?!

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  2. @Shakir:
    Two Egyptian journalists, who, perhaps had the typical racist inclination, attended a gathering of Sheikh Bin Baz and took a part of what Bin Baz was talking about and ran away thinking they have a big story. They did not bother to cross check with the sheikh for details or clarification. The Egyptians published it, then a Kuwaiti newspaper picked it, and then a couple of American publications, from there it spread like wild fire. No one bothered to question the sheikh to elaborate if he was talking about the shape of the Earth. A clarification was issued in Arabic on the sheikh’s website subsequently (translation link given below).

    The glorious Qur’an describes the geo-spherical shape of the earth as ‘dahaaha’ at 79:30, this word has been translated as ‘expanse’. However, typically in Arabic, words have multiple valid meanings. The word ‘dahaaha’ comes from the root word ‘dhuiyya’ meaning an ostrich’s egg (geo-spherical). However the sheikh was discussing another verse (Glorious Qur’an 88:20) that mentions the spread of the Earth’s surface.

    Muslim Scientist with inspiration from the Qur’an sought to prove the roundness of the earth since more than a thousand years ago. Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi who is the real father of modern Algebra (the word ‘Algebra’ comes from his book ‘Al Jabr wal Mukabala’ and the word ‘Algorithm’ is a Latin rendering “Algoritmi” of his name Al- Khwarizmi) also calculated the circumference of the Earth and made one of the earliest world maps more than a thousand years back. Using the maps of the Muslims, the Chinese Muslim Admiral Zhehg He discovered America much before Columbus did.

    Sheikh Bin Baz could not possibly hold the view of flatness of earth because classical scholars that the sheikh admires including Ibn Taymiyyah (13th century) hold the opinion of the roundness of the earth. In fact, this opinion is traced back to the prophet’s SAWS cousin Ibn Abbas and other Sahabas (companions of the prophet) and the tab’een (the immediate successive generation).

    In fact it was the Catholic church in the 16th century that persecuted Galileo for his belief about the shape of the Earth and related opinions.

    … Read Bukhari’s books to find out about the sun asking permission to rise in the East.

    Which book are you referring to? If it is a hadith, it is only a recording of what the prophet SAWS is reported to have said. What matters most is the rating this hadith was given. Is it classified as Sahih (authentic), hasan (good), dha`if (weak), maudhu’ (fabricated) by Bukhari and other scholars? Moreover in a general sense all astronomical objects move with the permission of Allah, who is its designer and creator.

    Reference:

    – Is the Earth round or flat? – Sheikh Bin Baz’s fatwa
    – Who Discovered America? Zheng Who?

    – China map lays claim to Americas

    – Mapping the world

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  3. “I do not reject scholars on the basis of their nationality or ethnic background…”

    You might not intend taking a racist stand, however I was responding to what was apparent profiling of Sheikh Munajjid by referring to his “Syrian Saudi” origins.

    “That the earth is flat and doesn’t move.
    2) That the sun goes around the earth.

    No Muslim scholar says this, if he does let him produce his proof from the Qur’an & Sunnah. Islam always encouraged Science and learning.

    When the western world were in what they call the dark ages, Muslim countries were super powers and the developed world like the west are today. In most cases, Muslim scientists were theologians or devout & practicing Muslims. European Renaissance constituted learning & enlightenment by translating mainly Arabic literature. What followed was a systematic burial of the history of glorious Muslim civilisation. The Muslim scientists made many discoveries that later Western scientists took credit for. 1001 inventions is a project to uncover this past. Click here to know more. Islam never hindered science, because science is a study of the creation of Allah, in fact the Qur’an encourages science. The Christians did have major problems with the scientific community, hence, the popular notion of conflict between religion and science.

    3) That after setting in the evening, the sun asks Allah’s permission to rise again in in the East the next morning.

    No scholar says this. All of Allah’s creation works according to his design and plan, in other words with his permission.

    4) That hell will be filled with women who don’t wear the veil.

    Who goes to hell is decided by Allah most high in his infinite wisdom, no scholar who abides by the Qur’an & Sunnah makes such declarations. What we know for sure is Hell will be full of disobedient ones. Who Allah forgives in his infinite wisdom will only be known on the day of judgement.

    5) That you can kill hundreds of people, indulge in adultery, have sex with people of the same sex as well as fornicate with animals, but you will be allowed to enter Paradise if you repent.

    True repentance is turning away from sin. There is no sin Allah swt will not forgive after repentance. Without repentance too Allah will forgive many sins in his infinite wisdom, except the sin of associating partners with him.

    You have a right to disagree and believe all (and more) of all this, but I’m sorry to say that I can’t.

    Shakir, you are attributing claims to me and the scholars too, when they don’t even make such claims. This hardly befits honesty. If you indeed know such scholars, then you are looking in the wrong places. Scholars aught to be judged based on their adherence to Qur’an & sunnah. If scholars make such claims, common Muslims like you & I must keep a check on them by demanding their evidence.

    See also:
    – HP’s CEO, Carly Fiorina’s speech on modern civilisation’s debt to Islam
    – Barack Obama on “Civilisation’s Debt to Islam…”

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  4. @ Mohamed: I do not reject scholars on the basis of their nationality or ethnic background. I consider as mentally retarded all such scholars and people who believe the following (which have in the past been propounded by so-called learned Islamic scholars):

    1. That the earth is flat and doesn’t move.
    2) That the sun goes around the earth.
    3) That after setting in the evening, the sun asks Allah’s permission to rise again in in the East the next morning.
    4) That hell will be filled with women who don’t wear the veil.
    5) That you can kill hundreds of people, indulge in adultery, have sex with people of the same sex as well as fornicate with animals, but you will be allowed to enter Paradise if you repent.

    You have a right to disagree and believe all (and more) of all this, but I’m sorry to say that I can’t.

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  5. @Shakir:

    I’ve noticed that you are just like those illiterate clerics who can’t tolerate others asking questions or challenging conventional opinion.
    Please feel free to ask any questions, I have never objected to anyone asking questions. Although, it is a different matter if a non-Muslim would ask such a question. In such case my approach and answer would be according to that situation.

    In simple words- if you call yourself a Muslim, you can question about Islam but you cannot question Islam, because that gets you out of the fold of Islam. As a Muslim, you do not reject Islam itself, which means you don’t reject any aspect of the Qur’an and the prophet’s (saws) established Sunnah. Although you can ask the ones who know, questions about the hikmah or wisdom of any aspect of the Qur’an & Sunnah after you submit to Allah and obey his messenger (saws). Which means you follow and obey the commands and then go looking for the wisdom behind it. That is different from someone who questions Allah’s justice, which is a part of Allah’s (swt) nature as described in the Qur’an. It’s basically absurd to doubt his justice. Allah most high says:

    The Truth is from thy Lord; so be not at all in doubt.
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 2:147

    Still less can their knowledge comprehend the Hereafter: Nay, they are in doubt and uncertainty about it; nay, they are blind about it!
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 27:66

    And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura (chapter) like it; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.
    But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith.
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 2:23-24

    Concerning the teachings of the Qur’an and the established matters of the Sunnah all we say is “we hear and we obey”. “Allah’s justice” is, as such, an established matter:

    The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger, in order that He may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, “We hear and we obey”: and these it is that are the successful.

    Note the words I used, I was trying to caution you: “With this question (of doubting Allah’s justice), you effectively cross the borderline of imaan (faith) and kufr (unfaith)”. However, I have not given-up hope for you. In fact, I prayed for you. I have nothing personal against you, what concerns me most is the damage you are doing to the imaan of the unwary ones, apart from the loss to yourself.

    “Or do the words “true believer” mean a person who believes only what he is told by this Syrian Saudi cleric (and mullahs like him)?”
    I request you to desist from making racist discrimination between scholars. Allah the most high says in his book:

    O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 49:13

    Muslims of all race and nationalities are one Ummah (nation or brotherhood). Your standard of rejecting scholars based on their race and nationality is a gross deviance from Islamic standards. A scholar has to be accepted or rejected based on his/ her adherence to the Qur’an & Sunnah. If he does not adhere to the Qur’an & Sunnah, I will be among the first to reject such a scholar.

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  6. @Shakir: I will answer this question together with your similar question in the comments of the post My name is Khan – Oh, is it?. In the mean time I leave you to make an intelligent definition of who is an unbeliever according to the Qur’an. Disbelieving is a choice, effectively you are taking away that choice from them.

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  7. @ Mohamed: “Your question seems to assume you doubt the justice of Allah SWT”. I would have expected this response from one of those illiterate Pakistani mullahs (who were once watchmen but illegally occupied land belonging to others and built mosques and madressahs on them). I’ve noticed that you are just like those illiterate clerics who can’t tolerate others asking questions or challenging conventional opinion. This is one reason why Muslims are in such a pitiable state today. They acceptly meekly whatever they hear from illiterate so-called “scholars” without using their minds.

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  8. @ Mohamed: “And whoever does righteous good deeds, male or female, and is a true believer, such will enter Paradise…” Does this mean that even Christians, Jews and Hindus will enter Paradise? Even Hindus believe in one God (as well as Christians & Jews). Or do the words “true believer” mean a person who believes only what he is told by this Syrian Saudi cleric (and mullahs like him)?

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  9. @Shakir,

    ““our sisters will have equivalent to what men will have”. What exactly do you mean by this? Can you quote from the Holy Koran or Hadith to prove this?”
    Your question seems to assume you doubt the justice of Allah SWT (to whom belongs praises and glory). With this question, you effectively cross the borderline of imaan (faith) and kufr (unfaith), because I already quoted the verse 3:195 which emphasises, reward for both male and female on a just and equitable footing. There is little point in even quoting verses to you in an attempt to convince. However, for the benefit of the others who might be sincere in seeking the truth, inshallah I will continue.

    And whoever does righteous good deeds, male or female, and is a true believer, such will enter Paradise and not the least injustice, even to the size of a “Naqira” (speck on the back of a date-stone), will be done to them.
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 4:124

    Islam recognises that needs of the male and female are different and hence Allah swt bestows his bounties accordingly. Based on the above verses scholars agree the sisters will have equivalent to that which brothers have, even the sheikh you have attempted to ridicule holds this opinion.

    “until now, our women used to assume that the virgins given to good Muslims would be their wives (but made young and pure)”

    According to Sahih hadith the sisters who attain Jannah will be made several times more beautiful than the hoor-al-ain, so will the brothers be several times more handsome than the most handsome men of this world. The wives in most cases will be remarried to the same husbands of this world, if both of them are in Jannah, else Allah will have those men & women who do not have a partner marry among each other.

    According to hadith classified as less than Sahih (authentic) the sisters will be 70 times more beautiful as compared to hoor-al-ain

    Shakir, I should warn you of the following verses of the Qur’an that might be directed at you:

    Those who love the life of this world more than the Hereafter, who hinder (men) from the Path of Allah and seek therein something crooked: they are astray by a long distance.
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 14:3

    “Those who would hinder (men) from the path of Allah and would seek in it something crooked: these were they who denied the Hereafter!”
    – Translation of the Glorious Qur’an 11:19

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